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CULTURE: Remembering the local albums that defined the past 5 decades

The Staccatos

1960s

Initially The Staccatos by The Staccatos (1965)
The singing and songwriting duo of Vern Craig and Les Emmerson shone on the band’s only full-length album.

Heaven’s Radio

1970s

Uptown Babies by Heaven’s Radio (1979)
An invigorating, upbeat mix of reggae, jazz, folk, and rock created while Dave Matthews was still in grade school.

Bruce Cockburn

1980s

Stealing Fire by Bruce Cockburn (1984)
Political outrage, a world view, and two enduring hit singles — “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” — make this album a classic.

Alanis Morissette

1990s

Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995)
The mega-selling album changed the landscape for female artists, making it okay to be bold, assertive, and a little bit obscene.

Kathleen Edwards

2000s

Failer by Kathleen Edwards (2002)
The singer-songwriter’s full-length debut proved that an indie artist can reach for the stars from the woods outside Wakefield.

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  • Sarah

    I’m still rocking out to Jagged Little Pill, priceless!