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No Pop Pulse

December 18, 1988

Your annual pop music writers analysis of Top 40 albums was another exercise in self-justification masquerading as a buyers' guide ("Do You Hear What They Hear?" (Dec. 11).

Def Leppard's "Hysteria" was given just 2 1/2 stars, compared to the 4 stars allotted the critics' darlings--U2 and Tracy Chapman.

Do you really expect us to believe that Def Leppard's album has been purchased by 7 million morons, that rampant poor taste has caused "Hysteria" to stay at the top of the charts for nearly a year and a half, and that we should ignore those impressive sales statistics and instead buy your personal recommendations for Christmas presents?

Wake up. The only pulse your finger's on is your own.

MERRY C. SHELBURNE

La Crescenta

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