throwback thursday: my first prince concert
dishonored lady (robert stevenson, 1947)

music friday: 1979

The Clash, "London Calling". Their greatest track? I don't know what I'd choose ... "Safe European Home"? "Complete Control"?

Chic, "Good Times". Their greatest track? What else ... "Le Freak"? Rodgers and Edwards sued and got songwriter credits for:

The Sugarhill Gang, "Rapper's Delight". Their greatest track? What else?

Patti Smith, "Dancing Barefoot". Her greatest track? Christgau called it "quite possibly her greatest track ever".  How about "Gloria" or "Free Money"?

Michael Jackson, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". His greatest? Some might choose "Billie Jean", but I'd cheat and easily go with "I Want You Back".

The B-52's, "52 Girls". Their greatest? I suppose most would choose "Rock Lobster", but for me, the only real alternative is "Private Idaho".

Graham Parker, "Local Girls".  Their greatest? OK, I'm stretching ... it's not even the best song on Side One of Squeezing Out Sparks. I'll vote for "Don't Ask Me Questions".

Earth, Wind & Fire, "After the Love Has Gone". Their greatest? It won a Grammy. OTOH, it was kept out of the #1 slot on the charts by "My Sharona". (I'm going with either "September" or "Shining Star".)

Delta 5, "Mind Your Own Business". Their greatest? It was their first. Sure, I'll vote for it.

Pink Floyd, "Comfortably Numb". Their greatest? Those who consider David Gilmour solos to be integral to any discussion of best Pink Floyd tracks probably vote for this. But my favorite Gilmour solo is this one:



1. Death and Glory?

2. Without question.

3. Yes.

4. Gloria.

5. Let me get back to you.

6. Dance this Mess Around!

7. Pourin' it All Out

8. Definitely not that one. Fantasy? Love's Holiday? Can't Hide Love?

9. Yes.

10. Wish You Were Here?

Steven Rubio

We gave a party once, would have been '79 or' 80. I pulled out the B-52's first album, intending to play "Dance This Mess Around". A party goer stopped me, told me I was making a mistake, and recommended "52 Girls". Afterwards, I realized she was right.

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