College Countdown, The First CMJ Album Chart, 6

6. Jethro Tull, Bursting Out Look. It’s Jethro Tull, the band that brought flute solos into rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a double live album, because it’s the nineteen-seventies and double live albums were the standard filler on the discography of the bigger bands. If you want to hear it, the whole damn thing is online. Every once in a while in these countdowns, I give myself a pass. I’m giving myself a pass. Previously… —An Introduction –26: Darkness on the Edge of Town –25: Give Thankx –24: Caravan to Midnight –23: Next of Kihn –22: 52nd Street –21: Crafty Hands … Continue reading College Countdown, The First CMJ Album Chart, 6

College Countdown, The First CMJ Album Chart, 9

9. Devo, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! For any up-and-coming band, it’s useful to have some advocates who have already established themselves in the cutthroat music biz. Circa 1978, a band couldn’t do much better than David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Brian Eno. Devo, the brilliantly bizarre art rock outfit from Ohio, had already released a bit of music by the late nineteen-seventies, including a trio of singles that were collected on an EP from the revolutionary British label Stiff Records. The EP, appropriately enough, took the title from the third of those singles: “Be Stiff.” … Continue reading College Countdown, The First CMJ Album Chart, 9