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  • Joe Brockmeier 10:23 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    My favorite 100 albums of all time: #75 ("Spike") 

    Album Cover: "Spike" by Elvis Costello Spike features Elvis Costello's highest-charting single, "Veronica" – co-written with and featuring Paul McCartney. That's just the cherry on the sundae for this album, though.

    Spike ("the beloved entertainer," it says on the cover), bangs the door down with "…This Town…" It begins with a powerful drumbeat and then pulls in other instruments one by one, vocals coming in last. It's an angry, cynical number with a catchy tune, a little spoonful of sugar for the medicine to go down.

    After an explosive intro, Costello moves on to "Let Him Dangle." This one veers between an almost dirge-like two-step shuffle, to impassioned chorus, then winds down with a heavy guitar jam.

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  • Joe Brockmeier 10:59 pm on July 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    My favorite 100 albums of all time: #89 ("Singles – 45's and Under") 

    Album cover - "Singles - 45's and Under" by Squeeze This isn't exactly in the "going uphill to school both ways, in the snow!" territory, but here's something kids today can't relate to: buying an album, cassette, or CD in its entirety without hearing more than one or two cuts.

    But that's exactly how I built most of my music collection in the 80s: scraping up enough money for one album at a time, and taking a chance on whether I'd like the entire thing, or just one or two singles. So when a band released an album that was all singles, that was the obvious choice.

    And that's exactly what Squeeze's Singles – 45's and Under is, an album of the band's singles from 1978 to 1982. Twelve radio-perfect slices of new wavy goodness.
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