The Best Rock Albums of 1989

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  1. Peter Gabriel: Passion (Geffen)
  2. Pandora's Box: Original Sin (Virgin)
  3. Flaming Lips: Telepathic Surgery (Restless)
  4. Slint: Tweez (Jennifer Hartman)
  5. Bitch Magnet: Umber (Communion)
  6. Godflesh: Streetcleaner (Earache)
  7. Rapeman: Two Nuns And A Pack Mule (Touch And Go)
  8. Laughing Hyenas: You Can't Pray A Lie (Touch And Go)
  9. Green: White Soul (Megadisc)
  10. Galaxie 500: On Fire (Rough Trade)
  11. Band Of Susans: Love Agenda (Blast First)
  12. Savage Republic: Customs (Fundamental)
  13. Forrest Fang: The Wolf At The Ruins (Ominous Thud)
  14. Tackhead: Friendly As A Hand Grenade (TVT)
  15. Lou Reed: New York (Sire)
  16. Angkor Wat: When Obscenities Become Reality (Death)
  17. Cows: Daddy Has A Tail (Amphetamine Reptile)
  18. Dogbowl: Tit (Shimmy Disc)
  19. Stone Roses: Stone Roses (Silvertone)
  20. My Dad Is Dead: The Taller You Are The Shorter You Get (Homestead)
  21. Original Sins: Hardest Way (Psonik)
  22. Pixies: Doolittle (4AD)
  23. Bad Religion: No Control (Epitaph)
  24. Blake Babies: Earwig (Mammoth)
  25. Ministry: The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (Sire)
  26. Fushitsusha: Live I (PSF)
  27. Paul Schutze: Deus Ex Machina (Extreme)
  28. Pauline Oliveros: Deep Listening
  29. Melvins: Ozma (Boner)
  30. Creamers: Love Honor And Obey (Sympathy For The Record)
  31. Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic: Faultline (Ace Of Hearts)
  32. Tragic Mulatto: Hot Man Pussy (Alternative Tentacles)
  33. Michael Shrieve: Big Picture (Fortuna)
  34. Blind Idiot God: Undertow (Enemy)
  35. Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (TVT) 77
  36. God Bullies: Plastic Eye Miracle (Glitterhouse)
  37. De La Soul: 3 Feet High And Rising (Tommy)
  38. Voivod: Nothingface (Combat)
  39. Hugo Largo: Mettle (Relativity)
  40. American Music Club: United Kingdom (Demon)
  41. Bob Mould: Workbook (Virgin)
  42. Pussy Galore: Dial M For Motherfucker (Caroline)
  43. Ozric Tentacles: Pungent Effulgent (Demi Monde)
  44. Red Temple Spirits: If Tomorrow I Were Leaving For Lhasa (Nate Starkman & Son)
  45. Jane Siberry: Bound By The Beauty (Duke Street)
  46. Cure: Disintegration (Fiction)
  47. Bob Wiseman: In Her Dream (Atlantic)
  48. Rickie Lee Jones: Flying Cowboys (WB)
  49. Blackgirls: Procedure (Mammoth)
  50. Phantom 309: A Sinister Alphabet (Tupelo)
  51. Bongwater: Too Much Sleep (Shimmy-Disc)
  52. Terminal Cheesecake: Johnny Town Mouse (Wiiija)
  53. Ordinaires: One (Bar None)
  54. Steel Pole Bath Tub: Butterfly Love (Boner)
  55. Bel Canto: Birds Of Passage (Nettwerk)
  56. Helios Creed: Last Laugh (Amphetamine Reptile)
  57. Vulgar Boatmen: You And Your Sister (WB)
  58. Bob Dylan: Oh Mercy (CBS)
  59. Mudhoney: Mudhoney (SubPop)
  60. Gibson Brothers: Dedicated Fool (Homestead)
  61. Big F: Big F (Fff)
  62. Eleventh Dream Day: Beet (Atlantic)
  63. Young Gods: L'Eau Rouge (Play It Again Sam)
  64. Pere Ubu: Cloudland (Fontana)
  65. Slovenly: We Shoot For The Moon (SST)
  66. Big Audio Dynamite: Megatop Phoenix (Columbia)
  67. The The: Mind Bomb (Epic)
  68. Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever (MCA)
  69. Naked Raygun: Understand (Caroline)
  70. Cro-Mags: Best Wishes (Profile)
  71. Nicky Skopelitis: Next To Nothing (Virgin)
  72. Volcano Suns: Thing Of Beauty (SST)
  73. Fish & Roses: We Are Happy To Serve You (Homestead)
  74. Camper VanBeethoven: Key Lime Pie (Virgin)
  75. Walkabouts: Cataract (SubPop)
  76. Faith No More: Real Thing (Slash)
  77. Matthew Sweet: Earth (A&M)
  78. Brian Adamson: Moss Side Story (Mute)
  79. Sepultura: Beneath The Remains (Roadrunner)
  80. Screeching Weasel: Boogadaboogadaboogada (Roadkill)
  81. Keith Leblanc: Stranger Than Fiction (Nettwerk)
  82. Lounge Lizards: Voice Of Chunk (Lagarto)
  83. Jesus And Mary Chain: Automatic (BlancoYnero)
  84. Boredoms: Soul Discharge (Shimmy-Disc)
  85. Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon (A&M)
  86. 808 State: 808-90 (ZTT)
  87. Material: Seven Souls (Virgin)
  88. Meat Beat Manifesto: Storm The Studio (Wax Trax)
  89. Skinny Puppy: Rabies (Nettwerk)
  90. Coldcut: What's That Noise (Tommy Boy)
  91. Rodney Crowell: Keys To The Highway (Columbia)
  92. Carcass: Symphonies Of Sickness (Earache)
  93. God Bullies: Mamawombwomb (Amphetamine Reptile)
  94. Bolt Thrower: Realm Of Chaos (Earache)
  95. King's X: Gretchen Goes To Nebraska (Megaforce)
  96. Happy Mondays: Bummed (Elektra)
  97. Daniel Lanois: Acadie (Opal)
  98. Caetano Veloso: Estrangeiro (Philips)
  99. Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique (Def Jam)
  100. Aerosmith: Pump (Geffen)
  101. Allan Holdsworth: Secrets (Intima)
  102. Asmus Tietchens: Marches Funebres (Multimood)
  103. Don Henley: The End Of Innocence (Geffen)
  104. Fates Warning: Perfect Symmetry
  105. Jorge Reyes: Nierika (Exilio)
  106. Klaus Schonning: Symphodysse I (Fonix)
  107. Mark Isham: Tibet (Windham Hill)
  108. Michael Shrieve: Stiletto
  109. Necks: Sex (Fish Of Milk)
  110. René Lussier: Le Tresor De La Langue (Ambiances Magnetiques)
  111. Robert Rich: Rainforest (Hearts Of Space)
  112. Die Warzau: Disco Rigido (Fiction)
  113. Glass Eye: Hello Young Lovers (Bar None)
  114. Numb: Christmeister (Onslot)
  115. Cheater Slicks: On Your Knees (Gawdawful)
  116. Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls (Epic)
  117. Gorilla Biscuits: Start Today (Revelation)
  118. Jungle Brothers: Done By The Forces Of Nature (WB)
  119. Frogs: It's Only Right And Natural (Homestead)
  120. Smithereens: 11 (Enigma)
  121. Death Of Samantha: Come All Ye Faithless (Homestead)
  122. Fetchin Bones: Monster (Capitol)
  123. Moving Targets: Brave Noise (Taang)
  124. Einsturzende Neubauten: Haus Der Luege
  125. Bastro: Diablo Guapo (Homestead)
  126. No Means No: Wrong (Alternative Tentacles)
  127. Flaming Lips: In A Priest Driven Ambulance (Restless)
  128. Nirvana: Bleach (SubPop)
  129. Eric Andersen: Ghosts Upon The Road (Gold Castle)
  130. Freakwater: self-titled (Amoeba)
  131. Neil Young: Freedom (Reprise)
  132. Union Carbide Productions: Financially Dissatisfied (Radium 226.05)
  133. Lycia: Wake (Lycium)
  134. Shoes: Stolen Wishes (Black Vinyl)
  135. Inner City: Paradise (Virgin)
  136. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282: Tangle (Thwart)
  137. Operation Ivy: Energy (Lookout)
  138. Swans: Burning World (Uni)
  139. Feedtime: Suction (Aberrant)
  140. Cavedogs: Joyrides For Shut-Ins (Enigma)
  141. Sneetches: Sometimes That's All We Have (Alias)
  142. Soulside: Hot Bodi-Gram (Dischord)
  143. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Mother's Milk (EMI)
  144. Die Warzau: Disco Rigido (Fiction)
  145. Meat Puppets: Monsters (SST)
  146. Treat Her Right: Tied To The Tracks (RCA)
  147. Bullet Lavolta: Gift (Taang)
  148. Faster Pussycat: Wake Me When It's Over (Elektra)
  149. Glass Eye: Hello Young Lovers (Bar None)
  150. Bullet Lavolta: Gift (Taang)
  151. Primitives: Pure (RCA)
  152. LMNOP: Numbles (New Rose)
  153. Glass Eye: Hello Young Lovers (Bar None)
  154. Peter Himmelman: Synesthesia (Island)
  155. Jesus Jones: Liquidizer (Food)
  156. Hunters And Collectors: Ghost Nation (Atlantic)
  157. Fatima Mansions: Against Nature (Kitchenware)
  158. Peter Himmelman: Synesthesia (Island)
  159. Poi Dog Pondering: self-titled (Texas Hotel)
  160. Poster Children: Flower Power (Limited Potential)
  161. Renegade Soundwave: Soundclash (Mute)
  162. Lenny Kravitz: Let Love Rule (Virgin)
  163. Urban Dance Squad: Mental Floss For The Globe (Ariola)
  164. Sarah McLachlan: Touch (Arista)
  165. Numb: Christmeister (Onslot)
  166. Treponem Pal: self-titled (Roadracer)
  167. Cheater Slicks: On Your Knees (Gawdawful)
  168. Clock Dva: Buried Dreams (Wax Trax)
  169. Thee Hypnotics: Live'r Than God (Situation Two)
  170. Mike Hudson: A Monster And The Devil (Tinnitus)
  171. Chris Isaak: Heart Shaped World (Warner Bros)
  172. Telescopes: Taste (WhatGoesOn)
  173. New Christs: Distemperer (Citadel)
  174. Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (Virgin)
  175. Grant Hart: Intolerance (SST)
  176. Soul II Soul: Keep On Movin' (Virgin)
  177. Andy Summers: Golden Wire (Private)
  178. Tears Of Fears: The Seeds Of Love (Mercury)
  179. Technotronic: Pump Up The Jam (SBK)
  180. Peter Case: The Man With The Blue Postmodern Fragmented Neotraditionalist Guitar (Geffen)
  181. Das Damen: Mousetrap (Twin Tone)
  182. Indigo Girls: self-titled (Epic)
  183. 10,000 Maniacs: Blind Man's Zoo (Elektra)
  184. Chemical People: Ten-Fold Hate (Cruz)
  185. Traveling Wilburys: Volume One (WB)
  186. Big F: self-titled (Geffen)
  187. Clint Black: Killin' Time (RCA)
  188. Boogie Down Productions: Ghetto Music (Jive)
  189. Pop Will Eat Itself: This Is The Day (RCA)
  190. Gorilla Biscuits: Start Today (Revelation)
  191. Madonna: Like A Prayer (Sire)
  192. Pogues: Peace And Love (Pogue Mahone)
  193. Underworld: Change The Weather (Sire)
  194. Front Line Assembly: Gashed Senses And Crossfire (Third Mind)
  195. 3 Mustaphas 3: Heart Of Uncle (Rykodisc)
  196. Blue Nile: Hats (Linn)
  197. John Wesley Harding: Here Comes The Groom (Sire)
  198. Stuart Hamm: King Of Sleep (Relativity)
  199. New Christs: Distemper (Citadel)
  200. Noise Unit: Grinding Into Emptiness (Antler Subway)
  201. Kitchens Of Distinction: Love Is Hell (One Little Indian)
  202. Jungle Brothers: Done By The Forces Of Nature (WB)
  203. Junkyard: self-titled (Geffen)
  204. Lee Scratch Perry & Mad Professor: Mystic Warrior (RAS)
  205. Ian McCulloch: Candleland (Sire)
  206. Queen Latifah: All Hail The Queen (Tommy Boy)
  207. Sick Of It All: Blood Sweat And No Tears (In-Effect)
  208. Gorilla Biscuits: Start Today (Revelation)
  209. Frogs: It's Only Right And Natural (Homestead)
  210. 3rd Bass: The Cactus Album (Def Jam)
  211. 2 Live Crew: As Nasty As They Wanna Be (Luke Skywalker)
  212. Motley Crue: Dr Feelgood (Elektra)
  213. Bad Sister (Cold Chillin')
  214. SNFU: Better Than A Stick In The Eye (Cargo)
  215. Lightning Seeds: Cloudcuckooland (Ghetto)
  216. Young MC: Stone Cold Rhymin' (Delicious Vinyl)
  217. Cud: When In Rome Kill Me (Imaginary)
  218. 24-7 Spyz: Harder Than You (Columbia)
  219. Gaye Bykers On Acid: Stewed To The Gills (Caroline)
  220. 2 Nice Girls: self-titled (Rough Trade)
  221. Kirsty MacColl: Kite (Virgin)
EPs and minis:
  1. Henry Rollins: Hard Volume (Texas Hotel) , 7.5/10
  2. 808 State: Quadrastate (Rephlex), 7/10
  3. Jesus Lizard: Pure (Touch & Go), 7/10
  4. Lard: The Power Of Lard (Alternative Tentacles), 7/10
  5. Raging Slab: True Death (RCA), 7/10

  1. ... In preparation
  2. Pandora's Box: Original Sin
Extended tracks
  1. ... In preparation
  2. Pandora's Box: It's All Coming Back to Me Now

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