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Friday, June 16, 2017

Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums

This list was originally posted on my Dave’s Music Database Facebook page (Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums) on 2/5/2012 and has been updated several times since. I’m reposting it now in honor of Chuck Berry, whose 38-year vacation puts him in a tie with John Lodge for the longest wait between albums.

Here’s a little history about this list. In March 2012, I penned an article for PopMatters.com (“I Heard You Missed Us – We’re Back!”) on bands who’d had long breaks between albums. At the time, I’d waited five years for a new album from Fish, one of my favorite acts. That month Van Halen ended a 14-year silence and in recent years Guns N’ Roses received a lot of press for its 15-year delay between albums. I ended up with an extensive list of acts who have tried the patience of their fans to the max. Note: I’m only looking at album’s worth of new studio material. That includes “specialty” releases of new material for that act such as covers collections or Christmas recordings, but does not include live albums, compilations, remixes, or other reissues of previously released material. Thanks to DMDB fans who contributed to this list!


Some of the Longest Waits:
  • 38 years: Chuck Berry Rock It (1979), Chuck (2017)
  • 38 years: John Lodge Natural Avenue (1977), 10,000 Light Years Ago (2015)
  • 36 years: The Yardbirds Little Games (1967), Birdland (2003)
  • 35 years: Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day (1970), Lookingafter (2005)
  • 35 years: The Sonics Sinderella (1980), This Is the Sonics (2015)
  • 34 years: The Stooges Raw Power (1973), The Weirdness (2007)
  • 32 years: New York Dolls Too Much Too Soon (1974), One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (2006)
  • 30 years: Magazine Magic, Murder and the Weather (1981), No Thyself (2011)
  • 28 years: Eagles The Long Run (1979), Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
  • 28 years: The Slits Return of the Giant Slits (1981), Trapped Animal (2009)
  • 28 years: Cat Stevens Back to Earth (1978), An Other Cup (2006)
  • 27 years: Big Star Third/Sister Lovers (1978), In Space (2005)
  • 27 years: Dexy’s Midnight Runners Don’t Stand Me Down (1985), One Day I’m Going to Soar (2012)
  • 25 years: Bauhaus Burning from the Inside (1983), Go Away White (2008)
  • 25 years: Levon Helm Levon Helm (1982), Dirt Farmer (2007)
  • 25 years: Throbbing Gristle Journey Through a Body (1982), Part Two: The Endless Not (2007)
  • 25 years: Roger Waters Amused to Death (1992), Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017)

  • 24 years: The Cars Door to Door (1987), Move Like This (2011)
  • 24 years: The Who It’s Hard (1982), Endless Wire (2006)
  • 23 years: The Zombies Odessey and Oracle (1968), New World (1991)
  • 22 years: Jeff Lynne Armchair Theatre (1990), Long Wave (2012)
  • 22 years: Mission of Burma Vs. (1982), ONoffON (2004)
  • 22 years: My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991), MBV (2013)
  • 22 years: The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight (1980), Nextdoorland (2002)
  • 21 years: The Vaselines Dum-Dum (1989), Sex with an X (2010)

    20 Years

  • The Del-Lords Lovers Who Wander (1990), Under Construction (EP, 2010)
  • Devo Smooth Noodle Maps (1990), Something for Everybody (2010)
  • The Feelies Time for a Witness (1991), Here Before (2011)
  • Pink Floyd The Division Bell (1994), Endless River (2014)
  • Steely Dan Gaucho (1980), Two Against Nature (2000)

    19 Years

  • Grace Jones Bulletproof Heart (1989), Hurricane (2008)

    18 Years

  • Black Sabbath Forbidden (1995), 13 (2013)
  • Faith No More Album of the Year (1997), Sol Invictus (2015)
  • Was (Not Was) Are You Okay? (1990), Boo! (2008)

    17 Years

  • Blondie The Hunter (1982), No Exit (1999)
  • The Go-Go’s Talk Show (1984), God Bless the Go-Go’s (2001)
  • Kraftwerk Electric CafĂ© (1986), Tour de Force Soundtracks (2003)
  • Steve Miller Band Wide River (1993), Bingo (2010)
  • Squeeze Domino (1998), From the Cradle to the Grave (2015)

    16 Years

  • The Beach Boys Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 (1996), That’s Why God Made the Radio (2012)
  • The B-52’s Good Stuff (1992), Funplex (2008)
  • Dr. Dre 2001 (1999), Compton (2015)
  • Gang of Four Shrinkwrapped (1995), Content (2011)
  • Gil Scott-Heron Spirits (1994), I’m New Here (2010)
  • Kansas Somewhere to Elsewhere (2000), The Prelude Implicit (2016)

    15 Years

  • Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie (1989), New Roman Times (2004)
  • Electric Light Orchestra: Balance of Power (1986), Zoom (2001)
  • Foreigner: Mr. Moonlight (1994), Can’t Slow Down (2009)
  • Roky Erickson All That May Do My Rhyme (1995), True Love Cast Out All Evil (2010)
  • Guns N’ Roses The Spaghetti Incident? (1993), Chinese Democracy (2008)
  • Don Henley Inside Job (2000), Cass County (2015)
  • Nitzer Ebb Big Hit (1995), Industrial Complex (2010)
  • The Rainmakers Skin (1996), 25 On (2011)

    14 Years

  • Accept Predator (1996), Blood of the Nations (2010)
  • Alice in Chains Alice in Chains (1995), Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)
  • Big Country Driving to Damascus (1999), The Journey (2013)
  • Lindsey Buckingham Out of the Cradle (1992), Under the Skin (2006)
  • Crowded House Together Alone (1993), Time on Earth (2007)
  • D’Angelo Voodoo (2000), Black Messiah (2014)
  • Electric Light Orchestra Zoom (2001), Alone in the Universe (2015)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer Love Beach (1978), Black Moon (1992)
  • Hooters Out of Body (1993), Time Stand Still (2007)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors (1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991)
  • New Kids on the Block Face the Music (1994), The Block (2008)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Universal (1996), History of Modern (2010)
  • The Swans Soundtrack for the Blind (1996), My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (2010)
  • Television Adventure (1978), Television (1992)
  • Van Halen: Van Halen III (1998), A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

    13 Years

  • Garth Brooks Scarecrow (2001), Man Against Machine (2014)
  • Jane’s Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual (1990), Strays (2003)
  • The Zombies New World (1991), As Far As I Can See… (2004)

    12 Years

  • Kate Bush: The Red Shoes (1993), Aerial (2005)
  • The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane (1988), The Friends of Rachel Worth (2000)
  • Wire The First Letter (1991), Send (2003)
  • Hole Celebrity Skin (1998), Nobody’s Daughter (2010)
  • The House of Love Audience with the Mind (1993), Days Run Away (2005)
  • Billy Idol Cyberpunk (1993), Devil’s Playground (2005)
  • Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004), Full Circle (2016)
  • Polvo Shapes (1997), In Prism (2009)
  • Styx Big Bang Theory (2005), The Mission (2017)

    11 Years

  • Boston Life, Love & Hope (2013), Corporate America (2002)
  • ESG ESG (1991), Step Off (2002)
  • Grandmaster Flash Flash Is Back (1998), The Bridge: Concept of a Culture (2009)
  • Heart Desire Walks On (1993), Jupiter’s Darling (2004)
  • Kiss Psycho Circus (1998) Sonic Boom (2009)
  • The Libertines The Libertines (2004), Anthems for Doomed Youth (2015)
  • The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang (2005), Blue and Lonesome (2016)

  • No Doubt Rock Steady (2001), Push and Shove (2012)
  • Portishead Portishead (1997), Third (2008)
  • The Power Station The Power Station (1985), Living in Fear (1996)
  • Bob Seger It’s a Mystery (1995), Face the Promise (2006)
  • The Verve Urban Hymns (1997), Forth (2008)
  • Scott Walker Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1995)
  • Scott Walker Tilt (1995), The Drift (2006)

    10 Years

  • American Music Club San Francisco (1994), Love Songs for Patriots (2004)
  • David Bowie Reality (2003), The Next Day (2013)
  • Bush Golden State (2001), The Sea of Memories (2011)
  • Dinosaur Jr. Hand It Over (1997), Beyond (2007)
  • Eurythmics We Too Are One (1989), Peace (1999)
  • Peter Gabriel Us (1992); Up (2002)
  • Gin Blossoms Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996), Major Lodge Victory (2006)
  • The Human League Secrets (2001), Credo (2011)
  • Journey Raised on Radio (1986), Trial by Fire (1996)
  • The Knack Round Trip (1981), Serious Fun (1991)
  • The Lemonheads Car Button Cloth (1996), The Lemonheads (2006)
  • Matchbox 20 More Than You Think You Are (2002), North (2012)
  • Steve Perry Street Talk (1984), For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)
  • Sade Lovers Rock (2000), Soldier of Love (2010)
  • Suicide Why Be Blue (1992), American Supreme (2002)
  • Supertramp Free As a Bird (1987), Some Things Never Change (1997)
  • Scott Walker We Had It All (1974), Climate of Hunter (1984)
  • Stevie Wonder Conversation Peace (1995), A Time to Love (2005)
  • Yes: Magnification (2001), Fly from Here (2011)

    9 Years

  • The Allman Brothers Band Brothers of the Road (1981), Seven Turns (1990)
  • The Allman Brothers Band Where It All Begins (1994), Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • Leonard Cohen The Future (1992), Ten New Songs (2001)
  • Deep Purple Come Taste the Band (1975), Perfect Strangers (1984)
  • Styx Edge of the Century (1990), Brave New World (1999);

    8 Years

  • AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip (2000), Black Ice (2008)
  • Aerosmith Honkin’ on Bobo (2004), Music from Another Dimension! (2012)
  • Berlin 4Play (2005), Animal (2013)
  • Blondie The Curse of Blondie (2003), Panic of Girls (2011)
  • Boston Don’t Look Back (1978), Third Stage (1986)
  • Boston Third Stage (1986), Walk On (1994)
  • Boston Walk On (1994), Corporate America (2002)
  • Camper Van Beethoven New Roman Times (2004), virus_installer.exe (2012)
  • Chicago Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998), XXX (2006)
  • Leonard Cohen Dear Heather (2004), Old Ideas (2012)
  • Fleetwood Mac Time (1995), Say You Will (2003)
  • Michael Jackson Invincible (2001); Michael (2010 – released posthumously; Jackson died in 2009).
  • Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit (1993), Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
  • Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007), Strangers to Ourselves (2015)
  • The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005)
  • Rush Test for Echo (1996) Vapor Trails (2002)
  • Sade Love Deluxe (1992), Lovers Rock (2000)
  • The Smithereens God Save the Smithereens (1999), Christmas with the Smithereens (2007)
  • Stevie Wonder Characters (1987), Conversation Peace (1995)


    Still Waiting…
  • 38 years: Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door (1979)
  • 24 years: Billy Joel River of Dreams (1993)
  • 23 years: Emerson, Lake & Palmer In the Hot Seat (1994)
  • 23 years: Steve Perry For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)
  • 20 years: Genesis Calling All Stations (1997)
  • 19 years: Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • 18 years: Dr. Dre 2001 (1999)
  • 16 years: Mick Jagger Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
  • 15 years: David Baerwald Here Comes the New Folk Underground (2002)
  • 15 years: Supertramp Slow Motion (2002)
  • 15 years: Shania Twain Up! (2002)
  • 14 years: The Allman Brothers Band Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • 14 years: Fleetwood Mac Say You Will (2003)
  • 14 years: Kraftwerk Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)
  • 14 years: Steely Dan Everything Must Go (2003)
  • 13 years: Tears for Fears Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004)
  • 11 years: Tool 10,000 Days (2006)
  • 11 years: The Who Endless Wire (2006)
  • 10 years: Hooters Time Stand Still (2007)


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  • Friday, June 9, 2017

    The Top 100 New Wave/College Rock Songs

    image from generationbass.com

    As the upcoming Dave’s Music Database on pre-1989 alternative rock hits barrels toward publication, here’s a tease of what’s to come. In creating the book, multiple lists of various forms of alternative rock were aggregrated and here are the results for the top 100 new wave/college rock songs:

    1. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
    2. Violent Femmes “Blister in the Sun” (1983)
    3. The Cure “Just Like Heaven” (1987)
    4. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
    5. Soft Cell “Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?” (1981)
    6. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
    7. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1983)
    8. The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” (1979)
    9. Devo “Whip It” (1980)
    10. New Order “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1986)

    11. The Clash “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (1982)
    12. R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe” (1983)
    13. The Clash “Rock the Casbah” (1982)
    14. Depeche Mode “Personal Jesus” (1989)
    15. Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says” (1988)
    16. A Flock of Seagulls “I Ran” (1982)
    17. R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine” (1987)
    18. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1981)
    19. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget About Me” (1985)
    20. Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (1982)

    21. The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” (1989)
    22. Gary Numan “Cars” (1979)
    23. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
    24. Depeche Mode “People Are People” (1985)
    25. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me” (1981)
    26. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (1983)
    27. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
    28. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
    29. Echo & the Bunnymen “Lips Like Sugar” (1987)
    30. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (1986)

    31. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
    32. Madness “Our House” (1982)
    33. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” (1977)
    34. Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence” (1990)
    35. Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning” (1988)
    36. Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough” (1981)
    37. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
    38. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)
    39. A-ha “Take on Me” (1984)
    40. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)

    41. The Church “Under the Milky Way” (1988)
    42. The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)
    43. XTC “Dear God” (1986)
    44. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
    45. Talk Talk “It’s My Life” (1984)
    46. The La’s “There She Goes” (1990)
    47. New Order “True Faith” (1987)
    48. Dead or Alive “You Spin Me Round Like a Record” (1985)
    49. Psychedelic Furs “Pretty in Pink” (1981)
    50. The Pixies “Monkey Gone to Heaven” (1989)

    51. Oingo Boingo “Dead Man’s Party” (1985)
    52. The English Beat “Save It for Later” (1983)
    53. Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1981)
    54. Love & Rockets “So Alive” (1989)
    55. Big Country “In a Big Country” (1983)
    56. Wall of Voodoo “Mexican Radio” (1983)
    57. Squeeze “Tempted” (1981)
    58. After the Fire “Der Kommissar” (1983)
    59. The Cure “Close to Me” (1985)
    60. The Vapors “Turning Japanese” (1980)

    61. Blondie “Heart of Glass” (1979)
    62. Violent Femmes “Add It Up” (1983)
    63. The Cure “Love Song” (1989)
    64. The Clash “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)” (1980)
    65. Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (1983)
    66. Naked Eyes “Always Something There to Remind Me” (1983)
    67. Sonic Youth “Teen Age Riot” (1988)
    68. Nine Inch Nails “Head Like a Hole” (1989)
    69. The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary” (1986)
    70. Peter Schilling “Major Tom (Coming Home)” (1983)

    71. Billy Idol “Dancing with Myself” (1981)
    72. Yazoo “Situation” (1982)
    73. The Cure “In Between Days” (1985)
    74. Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)
    75. When in Rome “The Promise” (1989)
    76. Men at Work “Down Under’ (1981)
    77. Billy Idol “White Wedding” (1982)
    78. INXS “Don’t Change” (1982)
    79. U2 “I Will Follow” (1980)
    80. The Jesus & Mary Chain “Just Like Honey” (1985)

    81. Pretenders “Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)” (1979)
    82. Erasure “Oh L’Amour” (1986)
    83. The Sugarcubes “Birthday” (1988)
    84. The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored” (1989)
    85. Spandau Ballet “True” (1983)
    86. Blondie “One Way Or Another” (1979)
    87. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (1981)
    88. Elvis Costello “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding” (1979)
    89. Psychedelic Furs “Love My Way” (1982)
    90. Kajagoogoo “Too Shy” (1983)

    91. World Party “Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow)” (1986)
    92. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark “If You Leave” (1986)
    93. INXS “Need You Tonight” (1987)
    94. Yazoo “Don’t Go” (1982)
    95. The Jam “A Town Called Malice” (1982)
    96. General Public “Tenderness” (1984)
    97. Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1979)
    98. Split Enz “I Got You” (1980)
    99. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” (1982)
    100. Missing Persons “Destination Unknown” (1982)