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Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Albums of All Time"
Rolling Stone Magazine ^ | 03/19/02

Posted on 03/20/2002 8:20:09 PM PST by socal_parrot

Top 50 Coolest Albums of All Time

1. Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
2. Rolling Stones - Aftermath
3. James Brown - Live at the Apollo
4. Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty-Eight
5. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
6. Blondie - Parallel Lines
7. Aretha Franklin - Spirit in the Dark
8. Massive Attack - Protection
9. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
10. The Beatles - Revolver
11. Sly & the Family Stone - Fresh
12. Pavement - Wowee Zowee!
13. Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy
14. Prince - 1999
15. Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
16. Bjork - Vespertine
17. Various - Heavyweight Sound: Blood and Fire Sampler
18. Otis Redding - The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
19. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
20. Chic - Real People
21. David Bowie - Station to Station
22. Jorge Ben - Africa Brasil
23. Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
24. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
25. Culture - Two Sevens Clash
26. Brides of Funkenstein - Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy
27. Beck - Odelay
28. The Ronettes - Best of the Ronettes
29. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
30. Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
31. Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
32. Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
33. Howlin' Wolf - Howlin' Wolf
34. White Stripes - De Stijl
35. Various - Super Bad is Back
36. Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
37. Jungle Brothers - Done by the Forces of Nature
38. Alexander Spence - Oar
39. Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
40. Bikini Kill - Reject All American
41. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Anthology
42. Merle Haggard - Songs I'll Always Sing
43. Roxanne Shante - Bad Sister
44. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
45. Serge Gainsbourg - Comic Strip
46. Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
47. Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties
48. Aphex Twin - Classics
49. The Strokes - Is This It
50. Madonna - You Can Dance

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No Dark Side of the Moon, no Doors, no Clapton?

What else is missing?

1 posted on 03/20/2002 8:20:09 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot
Ozzy and Black Sabbath for starters.

Based on this list, Rolling Stone is apparently staffed by morons.

2 posted on 03/20/2002 8:24:16 PM PST by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: socal_parrot
Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage, Freak Out, Apostrophy/Overnight Sensation, Burnt Weenie Sandwich

Van Halen (all of it, up to when they became Van Hagar)

Jethro Tull: Thick As A Brick

The Who:Quadraphenia, Tommy, Who's Next

Ted Nugent:Double Live Gonzo

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band:Greetings From Asbury Park, The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle, The River

Traffic: Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

Creem: Disreali Gears

Shall I go on?

3 posted on 03/20/2002 8:43:33 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: socal_parrot
No Clapton?,No Elvis?
4 posted on 03/20/2002 8:48:37 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Hawkeye's Girl
My only guess is that there is a difference between "best" and "coolest". Either way, they must've hired a bunch of young staffers. Even Silk Degrees by Boz Scaggs is cooler than most of these.
5 posted on 03/20/2002 8:51:33 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: mdittmar
461 Ocean Boulevard is a very cool album.
6 posted on 03/20/2002 8:57:44 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: RangeRatt
Disreali Gears

'Nuff said. Plus, as a parrothead, I must say that A1A and Floridays are also pretty cool.

7 posted on 03/20/2002 9:06:56 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot
Oh, I could think of about fifty more albums that should have made this cut, and they'd only begin with Strange Days or A Saucerful of Secrets. On the other hand, I'm counting my blessings that they included Miles Davis, the Beatles, Roxy Music, the Velvet Underground, Otis Redding (I'd have picked Otis Blue or The Soul Album myself) and Blue Oyster Cult, though I would have chosen the debut Blue Oyster Cult album over Secret Treaties. And I'm still trying to figure out why they didn't seem to give even a slight pull on the MC5's Kick Out The James. Then again, these are probably kids, after all; and, anyway, a) they probably wouldn't know Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity (it's the least obstreperous and most honest-to-God free free jazz album of them all) or the Godz' The Godz 2 (the very essence of "inspired amateurism" and also the best deconstruction of "psychedelic" music this side of the Velvets); and, b) I'd rather have one tug on Blue Cheer's cheerfully insane heavy metal deconstructionist blues jerk Vincebus Eruptum (for the uninitiated: imagine the sound of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience collaborating as a double trio after they had consumed three cases each of their favourite spirits) than the entire Black Sabbath catalogue...
8 posted on 03/20/2002 9:14:16 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: socal_parrot
1. Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat

A friend of mine used to play this album when people came to his place that he wanted to leave. They were gone before the first side was over. Absolutely terrible. Amps turned all the way with lousy distortion and Lou Reed can't find his mainline. God awful album. Rolling Stoned? No, not on drugs. Stoned by big big massive rocks on their commie lib "heads".

9 posted on 03/20/2002 9:14:50 PM PST by jwh_Denver
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To: socal_parrot
And, on the other hand, they did include Howlin' Wolf! (Elvis? Who the hell needs him when we've got the Mighty Wolf!!!)
10 posted on 03/20/2002 9:17:01 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: socal_parrot
461 Ocean Boulevard is a very cool album.

Yes it is.

11 posted on 03/20/2002 9:17:11 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: socal_parrot
I did say, "Shall I go on?" As Pacino said in "Scent Of A Woman", "I'm just gettin' warmed up...HOOOOAH!"

I agree with you about the Buffett, too- have you ever heard his "first" album, which was released on Barnaby Records, and then promptly "lost" for a number of years?

12 posted on 03/20/2002 9:22:00 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: RangeRatt
One by one...your selections:

Frank Zappa: Hate to break it to you, but "cool" belonged to Zappa only when the real Mothers of Invention were still in business. And for that, look no further to Absolutely Free...

Van Halen: Don't even go there. I don't care how great Eddie Van Halen is, he wouldn't be the first truly virtuoso musician to shoot his wad at the crapola tables.

Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick lives up to its title and then some - it's an unqualified snooze. Jethro Tull hasn't known what "cool" is since Benefit. Brick is cool only when compared to the inexcusably over-the-top-and-down-the-drain A Passion Play.

The Who: Now you're talking in headlines, though if I'm putting the Who on the "cool" list I hold that The Who Sell Out beat the living bejesus out of the other three sets for "cool".

Ted Nugent: I could be tempted, as regards Double Live Gonzo, on condition that I don't ever again have to listen to "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang".

Bruce Springsteen: You should have quit at The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle. There isn't anyone who could get within six city blocks of that kind of cool, and fewer who'd resist the temptation to try.

Traffic: Low Spark? Over John Barleycorn Must Die? Dear Mr. Fantasy, replay your tune...

Cream: Disraeli Gears is a good pick. Wheels of Fire is a better one, even if "As You Said" is about the most misshapen song they ever came up with.

And how come these Rolling Stone arbiters didn't give even a nod or a wink to Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band's The Mirror Man Sessions or Safe as Milk? (You don't need me to tell you they'd run behind Mommy's skirts in a New York nanosecond at the first hint of Trout Mask Replica, do you?)
13 posted on 03/20/2002 9:26:19 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: BluesDuke
Blue Cheer's cheerfully insane heavy metal deconstructionist blues jerk Vincebus Eruptum

Their version of Summertime Blues is great. You should send Rolling Stone a resume.

14 posted on 03/20/2002 9:29:59 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot
At least they had the "Hag" in there.
15 posted on 03/20/2002 9:34:31 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: BluesDuke
criticizm & critique well taken...and I agree with you, Capt. Beefheart should have made their cut, and I wonder why Talking Heads weren't mentioned. For that matter, what about the B-52's?
16 posted on 03/20/2002 9:35:45 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: RangeRatt
Buffett, too- have you ever heard his "first" album

What's the name? I've been a fan forever. I saw him for the first time in the mid seventies at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, CA.

17 posted on 03/20/2002 9:37:38 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot
Some more cool, in no particular order...

Frank Sinatra, Francis A. and Edward K. (with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra)
Pink Floyd, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
R.L. Burnside, Come On In
Junior Kimbrough, Meet Me In The City
Eno, Here Come the Warm Jets and Another Green World
John Coltrane and Milt Jackson, Bags and Trane
Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio, Smokin' At The Half Note
Thelonious Monk, Live At The It Club
Booker T. and the MGs, Melting Pot
Albert Collins, Truckin' With Albert Collins
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, This Time It's For Real
The Velvet Underground, VU
The Pretty Things, The Pretty Things (their 1964-65 debut and, believe me, next to these guys the Rolling Stones were just a bunch of pretenders)
Marvin Gaye, What's Going On
The Clash, Black Market Clash
Bob Marley, Dreams of Freedom
18 posted on 03/20/2002 9:39:01 PM PST by BluesDuke
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Their version of Summertime Blues is great. You should send Rolling Stone a resume.

Their "Summertime Blues" is delicious deconstruction, but for me the absolute killer on that album is "Doctor, Please". Here's where most of the Cream-wannabe bloozebreaking heavy hamfisters (remember, it wasn't quite called heavy metal yet) who were turning the blues into sludge got exactly what they deserved, right down to Leigh Stephens's welded-to-the-whammy-bar guitar solo. Van Halen only wish they had something that dangerous to handle...
19 posted on 03/20/2002 9:42:45 PM PST by BluesDuke
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What I have a hard time with is that they include several "best of" albulms. You mentioned Bob Marley, what about Legend? Cream of Clapton, Beach Boys Endless Summer? On the subject of the Beach Boys, what about Pet Sounds?
20 posted on 03/20/2002 9:44:29 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: RangeRatt
I'm surprised they didn't think at least of More Songs About Building And Food, though I have to admit - dearly though I love that album - I'd have gone with Remain In Light. I'm taking a wild guess that, with the B-52s, their almost absolute-party ethic was the turnoff for the smugger-than-thou contingency on the Rolling Stone panel in question. Personally, I wouldn't trade one chorus of "Rock Lobster" for the whole damn Madonna catalogue.

And they did give Isaac Hayes's Hot Buttered Soul some props, after all. (They should have: Barry White only forged an entire damn career out of ripping off Isaac's cool...)
21 posted on 03/20/2002 9:45:32 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: socal_parrot
The Bob Marley album I mentioned isn't exactly a best-of album; it's a 1997 album which comprised ambient dubs of Marley classics and, in essence, turned them into new recordings off the root Wailers tracks. And they are breathtaking: the dubs of "Rebel Music" and "Exodus" are absolute dream musics...

I'd have put The Beach Boys Today on the list first. And as for "cool" and "Eric Clapton," show me which one outrates Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. I can't, either.
22 posted on 03/20/2002 9:51:27 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: socal_parrot
It's called "Down To Earth", originally released in 1970 by Barnaby Records (#Z 30093), was re-released in 1981, and in 1998, on CD by Varese Vintage, VSD-5775, and the CD includes a track called Robert Frost, The Christian (which has not been on any of the live albums), and the original Captain & The Kid. I would recommend it.
23 posted on 03/20/2002 9:53:19 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: RangeRatt
I like the song, The Captain and the Kid. I see the album is available on CDNow.com.
24 posted on 03/20/2002 9:57:52 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot, realpatriot71, brooklyngop
32. Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole

Actually, that WAS a good album. I need to dig through my CD's and find that thing. I think it was pretty equal to Vegas by Crystal Method though.

25 posted on 03/20/2002 9:59:59 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: BluesDuke
Don't you think albums should mean original albums? "Best of" and compilations are cherry picking.
26 posted on 03/20/2002 10:02:05 PM PST by socal_parrot
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To: socal_parrot
Then there's "High Cumberland Jubilee", (which was the album I was referring to originally), recorded in '71, and conveniently lost until '76, when Barnaby Records decided to release it (in the wake of "You Had To Be There / LIVE").Varese Vintage VSD-5776, same release date as "Down to Earth". (There is a lawsuit story connected with the release, as JB wasn't under contract to Barnaby anymore in '76, I believe he settled out of court and got the master tapes, but I would have to do a lot more research.)
27 posted on 03/20/2002 10:03:59 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: socal_parrot
Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Beatie Boys, Blondie...cool?

If they want a cool album by the Stones try, "Out of Our Heads", although "Aftermath" had its moments.

Cool is any anthology by the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, and most Phil Spector productions.

Cool was Jimmy Smith
Cool was Booker T. & the MGs
Cool was Jackie Wilson
Cool was Soul!

28 posted on 03/20/2002 10:05:55 PM PST by A Navy Vet
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To: A Navy Vet
Most of your selections were left out to make room for Bjork.

It makes no sense.

29 posted on 03/20/2002 10:13:00 PM PST by socal_parrot
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There Goes Rhymin' Simon
Joe Cocker
Bob Seegar
Pat Benatar
Weird Al Yankovich
Am I kidding?
30 posted on 03/20/2002 10:19:07 PM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: socal_parrot
Bjork...what's she all about?

BTW, in another lifetime, after Desert Storm, I moved to a small island to work, and wound up running the radio station in my spare time...it had a vinyl library going back to 1952. I could reach blindly into the stacks and pull out enough gold for a six hour shift in minutes. Sadly, though, the station went to a satellite feed a few years ago (in my absence), the record library was remodelled into a conference room, and ALL of that precious, irreplaceable vinyl was hauled to the dump, and eventually burned. When I returned last year and found out this news, I cried.

31 posted on 03/20/2002 10:19:49 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: socal_parrot
Don't you think albums should mean original albums? "Best of" and compilations are cherry picking.

Keep in mind - the Marley set was done conceptually as a new album...it wasn't strictly a best-of, since the idea was to do a series of ambient electronic dubs. Otherwise, I shy from best-of albums unless, as was the case with Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II, the performer himself puts it together in a way so as to tell a certain kind of story through it...
32 posted on 03/20/2002 10:27:02 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: A Navy Vet
Sorry, but Beastie Boys are VERY COOL.
33 posted on 03/20/2002 10:43:10 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
from somewhere in the fog, I still hear "NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN!!!!!"
34 posted on 03/20/2002 10:45:05 PM PST by RangeRatt
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To: socal_parrot
Having anthologies and complilations on it ruins the integrity, such as it is, of the list.
35 posted on 03/20/2002 10:51:20 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: socal_parrot
This list SUCKS!
36 posted on 03/20/2002 11:00:44 PM PST by BikerTrash
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To: RangeRatt
ALL of that precious, irreplaceable vinyl was hauled to the dump, and eventually burned. When I returned last year and found out this news, I cried.

That's just sad. And not at all uncommon either, I'm sure. Thankfully, records are still plentiful and cheap at thrift stores and the like. But I hate to think of how many obscure, irreplaceable albums are gone because of radio stations, libraries, etc. chucking them.

And yeah, as others are saying, I can think of a ton of albums that are a lot cooler than these. Just where in the heck do they get off not including Dark Side of the Moon, anyway?
37 posted on 03/20/2002 11:03:52 PM PST by mn12
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To: socal_parrot
Cool? Ok, who remembers the Masked Marauders? It was very cool to own this album, circa 1968
38 posted on 03/21/2002 12:50:14 AM PST by PaulJ
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To: socal_parrot
Well, what happened to these guys?!?

Hey come on, they were pretty cool, right? Guys?

39 posted on 03/21/2002 1:54:02 AM PST by Caipirabob
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Hey come on, they were pretty cool, right? Guys?

Nope.

40 posted on 03/21/2002 2:16:31 AM PST by PaulJ
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To: socal_parrot
lots missing ...

and they pick such a weak Dylan album (how about "Blood on the Tracks", "Blonde on Blonde", or "Bringing it all Back Home"?)

41 posted on 03/21/2002 2:34:40 AM PST by fnord
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To: socal_parrot
Rolling Stone ceased to be a serious magazine about the same time Jann Wenner decided he wanted to be on everybody in Hollywood and New York's A-list. Today, it's nothing more than a "People" or "Entertainment Tonight" type rag.
42 posted on 03/21/2002 3:09:04 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore)
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To: socal_parrot
Basically this is a list for the pretentious, this becomes clear when they rank "Paul's Boutique" over "Licensed to Ill", a far cooler album that makes the "mistake" of being commercial.

-Eric

43 posted on 03/21/2002 3:48:34 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
Rolling Stone ceased to be a serious magazine about the same time Jann Wenner decided he wanted to be on everybody in Hollywood and New York's A-list. Today, it's nothing more than a "People" or "Entertainment Tonight" type rag.
Any publication that occasionally prints P. J. O'Rourke can't be all bad. >:)

-Eric

44 posted on 03/21/2002 3:49:31 AM PST by E Rocc
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I think PJ is writing for "The Weekly Standard" now.
45 posted on 03/21/2002 3:52:35 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore)
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To: PaulJ
I guess "my man" Jim and and Leonard don't stand much a chance if "The Rollers" don't cut it...

Actually, I was surprised I didn't see Jethro Tull on the list. I thought that group was awesome. Definately a unique sound.

46 posted on 03/21/2002 4:18:35 AM PST by Caipirabob
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
I think PJ is writing for "The Weekly Standard" now.
He's been doing both for awhile.

-Eric

47 posted on 03/21/2002 4:27:19 AM PST by E Rocc
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To: Yakboy
"Highly Illogical" is a greatly underappreciated masterpiece, IMHO. 8^)
48 posted on 03/21/2002 4:37:23 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
"SPOCK ROCK" the trend that died, frankly, before it ever became a trend. Perhaps it's for the best...lol!
49 posted on 03/21/2002 4:53:16 AM PST by Caipirabob
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To: fnord
Meat Loaf - "Bat Out of Hell"

Now this album is an American Icon. I can't name another track other than "Paradise By The Dashboard Lights" that's responsible for the destruction of more automotive upholstery in our generation...

50 posted on 03/21/2002 4:56:24 AM PST by Caipirabob
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