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Pazz & Jop 1993: Dean's List

Albums

  1. Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (Matador) 13
  2. Liliput: LiLiPUT (Off Course import) 13
  3. Etoile de Dakar: Volume 1--Absa Gueye (Stern's Africa) 12
  4. Nirvana: In Utero (DGC) 11
  5. De La Soul: Buhloone Mindstate (Tommy Boy) 11
  6. Loudon Wainwright III: Career Moves (Charisma) 11
  7. Pet Shop Boys: Very (EMI) 9
  8. Coupé Cloué: Maximum Compas From Haiti (Earthworks '92) 9
  9. PJ Harvey: Rid of Me (Island) 6
  10. Digable Planets: Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) (Pendulum) 6

  11. Before Benga Vol. 2: The Nairobi Sound (Original Music)
  12. P.M. Dawn: The Bliss Album . . . ? (Gee Street)
  13. Popinjays: Flying Down to Mono Valley (Epic/One Little Indian '92)
  14. Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Spinning Around the Sun (Elektra)
  15. Dramarama: Hi-Fi Sci-Fi (Chameleon)
  16. Shanté: The Bitch Is Back (Livin' Large '92)
  17. Calypso Carnival 1936-1941 (Rounder)
  18. The Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen (Elektra)
  19. Digital Underground: The Body-Hat Syndrome (Tommy Boy)
  20. Huun-Huur-Tu: 60 Horses in My Herd--Old Songs and Tunes of the Tuva (Shanachie)
  21. Suede (Columbia)
  22. Guns N' Roses: "The Spaghetti Incident?" (Geffen)
  23. MTV Party To Go Vol. 4 (Tommy Boy)
  24. The Auteurs: New Wave (Caroline)
  25. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Flashback (Blackheart)
  26. Pablo Lubadika: Okominiokolo (Stern's Africa)
  27. Bobbie Cryner (Epic)
  28. Les Ambassadeurs Internationales Featuring Salif Keita (Rounder '92)
  29. Tina Turner: What's Love Got To Do With It (Virgin)
  30. Van Morrison: Too Long in Exile (Polydor)
  31. Biz Markie: All Samples Cleared (Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros.)
  32. KRS-One: Return of the Boom Bap (Jive)
  33. Janet Jackson: janet. (Virgin)
  34. Bikini Kill: Pussy Whipped (Kill Rock Stars)
  35. The Cranberries: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (Island)
  36. Technosonic Volume 3 (Sonic)
  37. Jive Soweto: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Vol. 4 (Earthworks)
  38. Mick Jagger: Wandering Spirit (Atlantic)
  39. Butthole Surfers: Independent Worm Saloon (Capitol)
  40. Saint Etienne: So Tough (Warner Bros.)
  41. The Killer Shrews (Enemy)
  42. Orchestra Baobab: Bamba (Stern's Africa)
  43. Living Colour: Stain (Epic)
  44. Born To Choose (Rykodisc)
  45. Big Star: Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93 (Zoo)
  46. Grateful Dead: Two From the Vault (Grateful Dead '92)
  47. Judgment Night (Immortal/Epic Soundtrax)
  48. Mahlathini: King of the Groaners (Earthworks)
  49. Garth Brooks: In Pieces (Liberty)
  50. Pavement: Westing (By Musket and Sextant) (Drag City)
  51. Willis Jackson: Call of the Gators (Delmark)
  52. Kanda Bongo Man: Soukous in Central Park (Hannibal)
  53. MC Lyte: Ain't No Other (First Priority)
  54. George Clinton: Hey Man . . . Smell My Finger (Paisley Park)
  55. Justin Warfield: My Field Trip to Planet 9 (Qwest/Reprise)
  56. Sue Foley: Without a Warning (Antone's)
  57. The Breeders: Last Splash (4AD/Elektra)
  58. Masters of Reality: Sunrise on the Sufferbus (Chrysalis)
  59. Tarika Sammy: Fanafody (Xenophile '92)
  60. His Name Is Alive: Mouth by Mouth (4AD)
  61. Journeys by DJ: Billy Nasty Mix (Moonshine Music)
  62. Zap Mama: Adventures in Afropea 1 (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)
  63. Thomas Anderson: Blues for the Flying Dutchman (LSR)
  64. Aerosmith: Get a Grip (Geffen)

Singles

  1. Jaydee: "Plastic Dreams" (Epic)
  2. MC Lyte: "Ruffneck" (First Priority)
  3. Salt-N-Pepa: "Shoop" (Next Plateau)
  4. R.E.M.: "Man on the Moon" (Warner Bros.)
  5. Ice Cube: "It Was a Good Day"/"Check Yo Self" (Priority)
  6. Madonna: "Deeper and Deeper" (Maverick/Warner Bros.)
  7. Run-D.M.C.: "Down With the King" (Profile)
  8. Nirvana: "Heart-Shaped Box" (DGC)
  9. Ice-T: "Gotta Lotta Love" (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  10. Digital Underground: "Return of the Crazy One" (Tommy Boy)
  11. Salt-N-Pepa Featuring En Vogue: "Whatta Man" (EastWest)
  12. Cypress Hill: "Insane in the Brain" (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  13. Tony! Toni! Toné!: "Anniversary" (Wing)
  14. The Breeders: "Cannonball" (4AD/Elektra)

EPs

  1. Moby: Move (Elektra)
  2. The Shams: Sedusia (Matador)
  3. The Breeders: Safari (4AD/Elektra '92)
  4. En Vogue: Runaway Love (EastWest)
  5. Heavenly: P.U.N.K. Girl (K)
  6. Pavement: Watery, Domestic (Matador '92)
  7. Luna: Slide (Elektra)
  8. PJ Harvey: Man-Size (Island import)
  9. Sugar: Beaster (Rykodisc)
  10. Bongwater: The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit)

Reissues

  1. Elmore James: The Sky Is Crying: The Best of Elmore James (Rhino)
  2. Mighty Sparrow: Volume One (Ice)
  3. Mbuki Mvuki (Original Music)
  4. Janis Joplin: Janis (Columbia/Legacy)
  5. Tougher Than Tough: The Story of Jamaican Music (Mango)
  6. Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions: The Anthology 1961-1977 (MCA '92)
  7. Sonny Boy Williamson: The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (Chess)
  8. Mott the Hoople: The Ballad of Mott: A Retrospective (Columbia/Legacy)
  9. Roy Acuff: The Essential Roy Acuff 1936-1949 (Columbia/Legacy '92)
  10. Wilson Pickett: A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett (Rhino/Atlantic '92)

Videos

  1. MC Lyte: "Ruffneck" (Pamela Birkhead)
  2. R.E.M.: "Everybody Hurts" (Jake Scott)
  3. Snoop Doggy Dogg: "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" (Fab 5 Freddy)

Village Voice, Mar. 1, 1994


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