Polyrock : Your Dragging Feet
Produced by Philip Glass, Polyrock's self titled debut is full of quirky but faceless new wave pop, highlighted by "Your Dragging Feet". Critics subtracted points from the debut is self consciousness and lack of spontaneity.
From Robert Christgau who graded the album a B:
The same sopranos who sound so right choraling through coproducer Philip Glass's rockish hypnorhythm pieces make this arty dance-rock band sound like, dare I say it, disco. At other points the music whispers, I feel constrained to add, Philip Glass. The strangulated vocals I blame on, who else, David Byrne. That it almost gets over anyway is a credit to crescendo techniques developed by, that's right, the Feelies--who could have used some coproduction themselves.
Roky Erickson and the Aliens: I Walked With a Zombie
13th Floor Elevators cult figure Roky Erickson returned from years inside a mental hospital with Five Symbols, an album full of devils and demons, and goblins and zombies, on an album produced by CCR drummer Stu Cook. It's gritty and grungy and, for good reason, you get the feeling Erickson is still surrounded by demons.
The Inmates : Why When Love Is Gone
The UK's Inmates follow-up their hit album First Offense with more of the same mix of Dr Feelgood-style garage rock and R+B. You get covers originally done by the Music Machine ( "Talk Talk") The Rolling Stones ("So Much In Love") and The Isley Brothers ("Why When Love Is Gone"). They're not breaking new ground here but they sound so good.