Back in the 1970's and early 1980's there was this great music magazine called Trouser Press. It featured penetrating interviews, great writing, and insightful record reviews. Even the letters column was more intelligent and interesting than the writing found in rival rock rags. TP combined enthusiasm for the most interesting developments in late 1970's new-wave/punk without disdaining the accomplishments of the "dinosaurs" of the early 1970's. I always felt that this was a fair and sensible attitude, and is one of the reasons I enjoyed reading TP.

In the January 1980 issue, Trouser Press listed the vital albums of the period 1970 to 1978, plus the top ten albums of 1979. This list is recreated below.





1970
Argent Argent
David Bowie Man Who Sold The World
Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory
Derek and the Dominoes Layla
Kinks Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
MC5 Back in the USA
Rod Stewart Gasoline Alley
Move Shazam!
Velvet Underground Loaded

1971
David Bowie Hunky Dory
Alice Cooper Love It To Death
Doors L.A. Woman
John Entwistle Smash Your Head Against the Wall
Flamin Groovies Teenage Head
Led Zeppelin IV
Move Looking On
Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells A Story
Who Who's Next

1972
Big Star #1 Record
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
Electric Light Orchestra No Answer
Genesis Foxtrot
Kinks Muswell Hillbillies
Move Message From the Country
Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street
Roxy Music Roxy Music
Todd Rundgren Something/Anything?
Sparks Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing

1973
David Bowie Aladdin Sane
John Cale Paris 1919
Eno Here Come The Warm Jets
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Mott the Hoople Mott
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells
Queen A Night At the Opera
Roxy Music For Your Pleasure
Stooges Raw Power
Stories About Us
Roy Wood Boulders
10CC 10CC
Who Quadrophenia

1974
Big Star Radio City
Jackson Browne Late for the Sky
John Cale Fear
Ducks Deluxe Ducks Deluxe
New York Dolls New York Dolls
New York Dolls Too Much Too Soon
Queen Sheer Heart Attack
Roxy Music Country Life
Roxy Music Stranded
Slade Sladest
Sparks Kimono My House

1975
Bad Company Bad Company
Be Bop Deluxe Futurama
The Dictators Go Girl Crazy
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Sweet Desolation Boulevard
Who Who By Numbers

1976
Kevin Ayers Yes We Have No Mananas
Boston Boston
David Bowie Station To Station
Flamin Groovies Shake Some Action
Modern Lovers Modern Lovers
Graham Parker Howlin Wind
Graham Parker Heat Treatment
Ramones Ramones
Thin Lizzy Jailbreak
Dwight Twilley Sincerely

1977
Blondie Plastic Letters
Cheap TrickCheap Trick
Cheap TrickIn Color
Clash Clash
Elvis Costello My Aim Is True
Ian Dury New Boots and Panties
Dave Edmunds Get It
The Jam This Is the Modern World
Kinks Sleepwalker
Ramones Rocket To Russia
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols
Television Marquee Moon

1978
Blondie Parallel Lines
Boomtown Rats Tonic For The Troops
Cars Cars
Cheap TrickHeaven Tonight
Clash Give Em Enough Rope
Elvis Costello This Year's Model
Devo Are We Not Men? We Are Devo
Dave Edmunds Tracks On Wax 4
Generation X Generation X
Nick Lowe Pure Pop For Now People
XTC White Music

1979
Cheap Trick Dream Police
Elvis Costello Armed Forces
Dave Edmunds Repeat When Necessary
John Hiatt Slug Line
Joe Jackson I'm the Man
The Jam All Mod Cons
Iggy Pop New Values
Records Shades in Bed
Sex Pistols The Great Rock and Roll Swindle
Wire 154