Bobby Haber, a former college radio programming director, ditched his law school plans and started the College Media Journal (CMJ) newsletter in the basement of his parents' house in 1978. That first issue's top ranked album was by the decidedly un-collegiate rock group, The Who. Regrouping with a new magazine format in 1979 and sporting the very collegiate alternative rocker Elvis Costello on the cover, CMJ continued to evolve all the while keeping its finger on the pulse of what became the alternative rock scene.
In 1998, to mark the influential and authoritative publication's 20th Anniversary, Polygram's back catalog-focused Chronicles label issued a series of four discs, each commemorating a single year from 1979-1982 in a dozen tracks by artists featured on the covers, the pages and the charts of CMJ. Unique in my CD buying experience, the liner notes began on the front cover of each disc before continuing inside and encapsulated the year in CMJ history. As of this writing, each of the discs is still readily available.
HERC digs five of these songs representing 1979, with his favorite being Blondie's "Heart Of Glass".
This one raises the ante slightly with half the songs ranking among HERC's favorites. In a close showdown between Gary Numan's "Cars" and Devo's "Whip It", HERC picks "Cars" as the best of the lot.
Definitely the weakest of the bunch in HERC's opinion. No contest as to his favorite track: "Antmusic" all the way.
1982 is the single greatest year in pop music history so it makes perfect sense that HERC loves 10 of the 12 songs on this disc. While there is a tight battle for his second favorite song on the album, his most favorite track is definitely the perfect pop of ABC's "The Look Of Love".