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Cheech & Chong—Get Out Of My Room

Influenced by Spinal Tap as much as it is by cannabis, this 1985 mockumentary was the last thing the duo wrote as a team. Supposedly following them as they record their last album, the best parts are the on-the-couch interviews in which Cheech improvises pretentious answers while Chong tries not to laugh. The songs themselves aren't too funny unless you're baked, but then that's the point.

David Thomas – Monster

Box set of Pere Ubu frontman's five solo albums, plus bonus live material with Two Pale Boys

Roy Wood – Wizzard

Everything worthwhile done in the '70s by the British Todd Rundgren

T. Rex

WAX CO SINGLES VOLUME 2 (1975-8) Rating Star BOTH EDSEL If you hit puberty back in the '70s, your first vaguely sexual experience was, perhaps, handing over your 50p to purchase the latest must-have T. Rex single, seven inches of raucous beauty bedecked in a blue-and-red paper sleeve. Someone's had the very fine idea of re-fashioning these period gems on individual CDs and collating them into two box sets, 11 on each.

Nickel Creek – This Side

Sophomore outing for much-vaunted 'Youthgrass' Californian trio

Smashing Pumpkins – Earphoria

Classic live Pump action from early '90s

Just Jack – Diversion Tactics

Home-grown hip hop which is proud of its origins

Paul Barman – Paullelujah

Unlikely as he is—a white, upper-class rapper who positively revels in his Ivy Leaguery—Paul Barman offers a surprisingly fresh take on hip hop clichés. The absurd sexscapade "Cock Mobster" balances graphic detail with literary conceit ("I think of the pube I got while reading the Rubaiyat"), owing more to Woody Allen than standard rap bravado. But attempts at gravitas ("Anarchist Bookstore", "Talking Time Travel") resonate with all the panache of a student union debate.

Junior Kimbrough – T-Model Ford

North Mississippi blues by unknown, ageing modern masters
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