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The Recommended 100 Seventies Albums – Fifth 10

Gang of Four: Entertainment! (1979) The trouble with describing the work of Gang of Four is that almost any attempt to delineate the music is going to come across as dry and, oh I don’t know, formal.  The defining features are the staccato guitar, the political stance, vocals that verge on polemic.  As written, it […]

The Recommended 100 Seventies Albums – Fourth 10

Graham Parker: Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) Graham Parker occupies some of the same territory as Elvis Costello.  He’s an impassioned, issues-centric pub rocker with a mean streak.  His first two albums, Howlin’ Wind and Heat Treatment, were filled with soulful rock, and featured prominent horn sections.  After a couple of lesser efforts, he ditched the […]