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10 YEARS LATER A Critic's List of the Best Albums of the Decade
[Home Edition]
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Hilburn, Robert
Date: May 17, 1987
Start Page: 56
Section: Calendar; Calendar Desk
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1-Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols," 1977 2-Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska," 1982 3-Prince's "Dirty Mind," 1980 4-The Clash's "London Calling," 1980 5-Elvis Costello's "Armed Forces," 1979 6-X's "Los Angeles," 1980 7-Run-D.M.C.'s "Run-D.M.C.," 1983 8-The Pretenders' "The Pretenders," 1980 9-Artists United Against Apartheid's "Sun City," 1982 10-Michael Jackson's "Thriller," 1982

1-The Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" (Warner Bros.), 1977. The seeds of the punk movement were already in place in England when the Pistols were launched in 1976 by manager Malcolm McLaren, a master pop propagandist.

4-The Clash's "London Calling" (Epic), 1980. The Clash's 1977 debut LP was a punk masterpiece that may stand as an even more riveting piece of music than "Bollocks," but this two-record set marked the coming of age of punk: a merging of many of rock's most affecting roots (rockabilly to New Orleans-style R&B) with '80s sensibilities. Like the Pistols, the Clash also self-destructed, but not before leading the way into fertile post-punk territory.

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