Paradise Circus
Paradise Circus

The Lilac Time

Paradise Circus

1989

Alternative Pop/Rock

With bolder instrumentation, a brighter overall atmosphere, and a perfect glistening pop polish, Paradise Circus expands on the glorious promise of the Lilac Time's debut. Channeling the Smiths, Nick Drake and the Byrds, they package the mix into their own radio-friendly folk-pop style and create perhaps their most accessible album.

- Tim DiGravina

Minimum Wage Rock & Roll
Minimum Wage Rock & Roll

The BusBoys

Minimum Wage Rock & Roll

1980

Album Rock

In the early '80s, rock music was almost entirely the province of skinny white guys, and as one of the few African-American acts to rise from the West Coast new wave scene, the BusBoys embraced the contradictions of playing "white" music that was invented by black artists. Their debut, 1980's Minimum Wage Rock & Roll, was a clever, full bodied mix of rock & roll and rhythm & blues full of smart, witty observations about race and class that still connect decades later.

- Mark Deming