Pop Goes the World
Pop Goes the World

Men Without Hats

Pop Goes the World

1987

Contemporary Pop/Rock

While "The Safety Dance" lives on as one of the 1980s' most enduring (and lampooned) pop cultural references, Quebec's Men Without Hats had plenty of other clever and elegantly-made releases to their credit including their 1986 masterwork, Pop Goes the World, a lush a vibrant tale concerning the quest for and backlash of fame.

- Timothy Monger

Children of Forever
Children of Forever

Stanley Clarke

Children of Forever

1973

Fusion

Released in 1973, the debut offering from the prolific bassist and composer is a killer outing of spiritual jazz funk and soulful fusion. Produced by Chick Corea, the date features stellar performances from Art Webb, Pat Martino, Lenny White, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Andy Bey. Issued the same year as Norman Connors' Dance Of Magic (on which Clarke played bass), this brilliant set is its aesthetic cousin.

- Thom Jurek