Friday, October 14, 2011

Spin's 20 Essential Songs from the Dearly Departed Arista, Jive and J Records

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From "This week, RCA announced that it would shutting the doors to its Arista, Jive, and J Records imprints, ending 37 years of service on the frontlines of punk, new wave, hip-hop, dance, and teen pop. At first this seemed like a great opportunity for another trend piece about the decaying state of the music industry — hmmm, it has been a suspiciously long time since a record label treated us to a champagne brunch. But instead, we decided to pick the 20 best tracks from these three fallen totems, displaying how they often turned fringe genres into the sound of now".


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Source: Spin.
Songs available on Spotify: 16 out of 20 (80%)

Patti Smith Group – Gloria
Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Johannesburg
Lou Reed – Street Hassle
Anthony Braxton - Composition 82
A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
The Kinks – Come Dancing
Whodini – Freaks Come Out At Night
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Too $hort – Freaky Tales
Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Parents Just Don't Understand
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
Three Times Dope - Greatest Man Alive
The KLF - 3 a.m. Eternal

A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
'N Sync - Pop
Britney Spears – Toxic
Kelis – Milkshake
R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet (Chapters 1-5)

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