The Best Rock Albums of 1988

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  1. Pixies: Surfer Rosa (4AD)
  2. Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return (Fortuna)
  3. American Music Club: California (Grifter)
  4. Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (Blast First)
  5. Red Temple Spirits: Dancing To Restore An Eclipsed Moon (Nate Starkman & Son)
  6. Ministry: The Land Of Rape And Honey (Sire)
  7. Peter Frohmader: Through Time And Mistery (GEMA)
  8. My Bloody Valentine: Isn't Anything (Creation)
  9. Mary Margaret O'Hara: Miss America (Virgin)
  10. Missing Foundation: 1933 (Purge)
  11. Talk Talk: Spirit Of Eden (EMI)
  12. King Snake Roost: Things That Play Themselves (Aberrant)
  13. Djam Karet: Reflections From The Firepool (HC Productions)
  14. Michael Jones: After The Rain (Narada)
  15. Pauline Oliveros: Roots Of The Moment
  16. Enya: Watermark (Geffen)
  17. Bongwater: Double Bummer (Shimmy-Disc)
  18. Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
  19. Ambitious Lovers: Greed (Virgin)
  20. Foetus: Thaw (Some Bizarre)
  21. Nick Cave: Tender Prey (Mute)
  22. Band Of Susans: Hope Against Hope (Furthur)
  23. Godflesh: Godflesh (Silverfish)
  24. Rollins Band: Life Time (Texas Hotel)
  25. Zoogz Rift: Nonentity (SST)
  26. Rudimentary Peni: Cacophony (Outer Himalayan)
  27. Unrest: Malcom X Park (Caroline)
  28. Death Of Samantha: Where The Women Wear The Glory (Homestead)
  29. Jane's Addiction: Nothing's Shocking (Warner Bros)
  30. Royal Trux: Royal Trux (Royal LP)
  31. Naked Raygun: Jettison (Caroline)
  32. Smithereens: Green Thoughts (Enigma)
  33. Bad Religion: Suffer (Epitaph)
  34. Queensryche: Operation: Mindcrime (EMI)
  35. Peter Frohmader: Homunculus (Multimood)
  36. In The Nursery: Koda (Wax Trax)
  37. Lubricated Goat: Paddock Of Love (Black Eye)
  38. Crime And The City Solution: Shine (Mute)
  39. Cocteau Twins: Blue Bell Knoll (4AD)
  40. Dead Can Dance: The Serpent's Egg (4AD)
  41. Die Kreuzen: Century Days (Touch & Go)
  42. Spacemen 3: Playing With Fire (Fire)
  43. Metallica: And Justice For All (Elektra)
  44. Soundgarden: Ultramega OK (SST)
  45. Chuck Vrtacek: When Heaven Comes To Town (Recommended)
  46. The Scene Is Now: Tonight We Ride (Lost)
  47. Mofungo: Bugged (SST)
  48. Galaxie 500: Today (Aurora)
  49. They Might Be Giants: Lincoln (Bar None)
  50. Didjits: Hey Judester (Touch And Go)
  51. Savage Republic: Jamahiriya (Fundamental)
  52. Tiny Lights: Hazel's Wreath (Gaia)
  53. Universal Congress Of: Prosperous And Qualified (SST)
  54. Annette Peacock: Abstract-Contact (Ironic)
  55. Eleventh Dream Day: Prairie School Freakout (Amoeba)
  56. L7: L7 (Epitaph)
  57. F/I: Space Mantra (RRRecords)
  58. Danzig: Danzig (Def American)
  59. Pere Ubu: Tenement Year (Fontana)
  60. Dead C: Trapdoor Fucking Exit (Precious Metal)
  61. Tracy Chapman: T racy Chapman (Elektra)
  62. Bill Nelson: Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights (Cocteau)
  63. King Missile: They (Shimmy Disc)
  64. Cat Heads: Submarine (Restless)
  65. Bill Laswell: Hear No Evil (Virgin)
  66. Butthole Surfers: Hairway To Steven (Touch And Go)
  67. Donner Party: Donner Party II (Pict-A-Tent)
  68. Soul Asylum: Hang Time (Twin Tone)
  69. Living Colour: Vivid (Epic)
  70. Prong: Force Fed (Spigot)
  71. Camper Van Beethoven: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (Virgin)
  72. Green River: Rehab Doll (SubPop)
  73. Death: Leprosy (Combat)
  74. Dinosaur Jr: Bug (SST)
  75. Wolfgang Press: Bird Wood Cage (4AD)
  76. Napalm Death: From Enslavement To Obliteration (Earache)
  77. Primitives: Lovely (RCA)
  78. Feelies: Only Life (Coyote)
  79. Front Line Assembly: State Of Mind (Dossier)
  80. Helios Creed: Superior Catholic Fingers (Subterranean)
  81. Bob Neuwirth: Back to the Front (Gold Castle)
  82. Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams (Rough Trade)
  83. Giant Sand: Storm (What Goes On)
  84. Das Damen: Triskaidekaphobe (SST)
  85. Black Sun Ensemble: Black Sun Ensemble (Restless)
  86. Souled American: Fe (Rough Trade)
  87. Black Sun Ensemble: Lambent Flame (Reckless)
  88. Michelle Shocked: Short Sharp Shocked (Mercury)
  89. Cowboy Junkies: Trinity Sessions (BMG)
  90. Gories: House Rockin' (New Rose)
  91. Fishbone: Truth And Soul (Columbia)
  92. Ed Hall: Albert (Boner)
  93. A R Kane: 69 (Rough Trade)
  94. REM: Green (Warner Bros)
  95. Sugarcubes: Life's Too Good (One Little Indian)
  96. Vaselines: Dum Dum (53rd & 3rd)
  97. Phish: Junta (Elektra)
  98. Membranes: Kiss Ass Godhead (Homestead)
  99. Bats: Daddy's Highway (Flying Nun)
  100. Bevis Frond: Triptych (1988)
  101. Lyle Lovett: Pontiac (MCA)
  102. Hafler Trio: Inoutof (Soleilmoon)
  103. Arcane Device: Engines Of Myth (ReR)
  104. Sadus: Illusions (Sadus)
  105. Barbara Manning: Lately I Keep Scissors (Heyday)
  106. Eric Andersen: Ghosts Upon The Road (Gold Castle)
  107. Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary (Jive)
  108. David Lanz: Cristofori's Dream (Narada)
  109. GG Allin: Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies (Homestead)
  110. Holger Czukay & David Sylvian: Plight And Premonition (Virgin)
  111. Jeff Greinke: Timbral Planes
  112. Kevin Braheny: Galaxies (Hearts Of Space)
  113. Liz Story: Speechless (Novus)
  114. Residents: God In Three Persons
  115. Sharkbait: Feed Our Frenzy (Gladys Pearce)
  116. Trespassers W: Dummy (TW)
  117. Turtle Island String Quartet: Turtle Island String Quartet (Windham Hill)
  118. Front 242: Front By Front (Was Trax)
  119. Melissa Etheridge: Melissa Etheridge (Island)
  120. N.W.A: Straight Outta Compton (Ruthless)
  121. Pain Teens: self-titled (Anomie)
  122. Lard: The Power Of Lard (Alternative Tentacles)
  123. Flour (Touch & Go)
  124. Feedtime: Shovel (Aberrant)
  125. Cassandra Complex: Theomania (Play It Again Sam)
  126. Miriodor: self-titled (Wayside)
  127. Julian Cope: My Nation Underground (Island)
  128. John Hiatt: Slow Turning (A&M)
  129. Roy Loney: The Scientific Bombs Away (Aim)
  130. Richard Thompson: Amnesia (Capitol)
  131. Carcass: Reek Of Putrefaction (earache)
  132. Roger Miller: No Man Is Hurting Me (Forced Exposure)
  133. Rum DMC: Tougher Than Leather (Profile)
  134. Beatnigs: Self-titled (Alternative Tentacles)
  135. Nuclear Assault: Survive (Relativity)
  136. Beasts Of Bourbon: Sour Mash (Red Eye)
  137. Suicidal Tendencies: How Will I Laugh Tomorrow (Epic)
  138. Masters Of Reality: self-titled (Def American)
  139. Let's Active: Every Dog Has His Day (IRS)
  140. Dream Syndicate: Ghost Stories (A&M)
  141. Loop: Fade Out (Chapter 22)
  142. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: I See Good Spirits (Wax Trax)
  143. Pontiac Brothers: Johnson (Frontier)
  144. Front 242: Front By Front (Was Trax)
  145. Skinny Puppy: VIVIsectVI (Nettwerk)
  146. Zoogz Rift: Murdering Hell's Happy Cretins (SST)
  147. Zoviet France: Shouting At The Ground (Red Rhino)
  148. Fields Of Nephilim: Nephilim (Beggars Banquet)
  149. Die Haut: Headless Body In Topless Bar (What'sSoFunny)
  150. William Orbit: Strange Cargo (IRS)
  151. Tony Childs: Union (A&M)
  152. Melissa Etheridge: self-titled (Island)
  153. Ultra Vivid Scene: self-titled (Rough Trade)
  154. Edie Brickell: Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars (Geffen)
  155. All: Allroy Sez (Cruz)
  156. Steppes: Stewdio (Vozz)
  157. Giant Sand: Love Songs (Homestead)
  158. Ciccone Youth: The Whitey Album (Blast First)
  159. 'Til Tuesday: Everything's Different Now (Epic)
  160. Warrant: Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (Columbia)
  161. Steve Earle: Copperhead Road (MCA)
  162. Walkabouts: See Beautiful Rattlesnake Gardens (PopLlama)
  163. Straitjacket Fits: Hail (Flying Nun)
  164. Skinyard: Hallowed Ground (C/Z)
  165. Dag Nasty: Field Day (Giant)
  166. Workdogs: Roberta (Okra)
  167. Gories: House Rockin' (New Rose)
  168. Peter Principle: Tone Poems (Crammed)
  169. Balancing Act: Three Squares And A Roof (Primitive Man)
  170. Melted Americans (MAd Hatter)
  171. Bonedaddys: A-Koo-De-A (Chamaleon)
  172. World Domination Enterprise: Let's Play Domination (Caroline)
  173. Wonder Stuff: Eight Legged Groove Machine (Polydor)
  174. NWA: Straight Outta Compton (Ruthless)
  175. AC/DC: Blow Up Your Video (Atlantic)
  176. Jeff Healey: See The Light (Arista)
  177. Gibson Brothers: Big Pine Boogie (Okra)
  178. Stetsasonic: In Full Gear (Tommy Boy)
  179. New Christs: Divine Rites (Citadel)
  180. Bobby Brown: Don't Be Cruel (MCA)
  181. Yngwie Malmsteen: Odyssey (Polydor)
  182. Head Of David: Dustbowl (Blast First)
  183. EPMD: Strictly Business (Fresh)
  184. Hypnolovewheel: Turn Turn Burn (Fabian)
  185. Texas Instruments: Sun Tunnels (Rabid Cat)
  186. Youth of Today: We're Not In This Alone (Caroline)
  187. Everything But The Girl: Idlewind (BlancoYNegro)
  188. Weathermen: Black Album (Play It Again Sam)
  189. Hothouse Flowers: People (Polydor)
  190. House Of Love: self-titled (Creation)
  191. Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw And The Cooked (IRS)
  192. Bomb The Bass: Into The Dragon (Rhythm King)
  193. Was Not Was: What Up Dog (Chrysalis)
  194. Gipsy Kings: self-titled (Elektra)
  195. Stuart Hamm: Radio Free Albemuth (Relativity)
  196. Afghan Whigs: Big Top Halloween (Ultrasuede)
  197. Ice-T: Power (Sire)
  198. M.C. Hammer: Let's Get Started (Capitol)
  199. Mc Lyte: Lyte As A Rock (First Priority)
  200. Patty Loveless: Honky Tonk Angel (MCA)
  201. Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Pogue Mahone)
  202. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: He's The D.J. I'm The Rapper (Jive)
EPs and minis:
  1. Bitch Magnet: Star Booty (Glitterhouse), 7/10
  2. Mudhoney: Superfuzz Bigmuff (SubPop), 7/10
  3. Of Cabbages And Kings: Face (Purge), 7/10
  4. Paul Roland: Happy Families (New Rose), 7/10
  5. Rapeman: Budd (Touch And Go), 7/10

  1. ... In preparation
  2. Fugazi: Waiting Room
  3. Jane's Addiction: Jane Says
Extended tracks
  1. ... In preparation
  2. Peter Frohmader : Medusa

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