Favourite 80's album?

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Favourite 80's album?

Postby Worst Part's Almost Over on Sun May 04, 2008 9:53 pm

Any genre, any band or solo artist, the album from the 1980's that you love the most. And a little explanation as to why if you feel so inclined. That's pretty much it! I want to hear what you still treasure from that decade.

Me, I'm sticking firmly with this gem I first heard aged 9:

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Surfer Rosa - Pixies (1988)

Not only my favourite album of the 80's, but also one of the best albums of all time. If you need to know why, you've clearly not listened to it yet. Imagine being an alien, coming to Earth and asking what music is, then going back to your home planet, telling them about the concept of music, recording an album with your alien chums and then dropping it back here on Earth - THIS album is what it would sound like.

10 Other Favourites (in no order):

Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears
Closer - Joy Division
Heartattack and Vine - Tom Waits
Green - R.E.M.
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Combat Rock - The Clash
Master Of Puppets - Metallica
Sister - Sonic Youth
The Game - Queen

and...
MAJOR GUILTY PLEASURE!!
Primitive Cool - Mick Jagger :oops:
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Postby Peven on Sun May 04, 2008 10:25 pm

you just like the cover......
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Postby Zarles on Sun May 04, 2008 10:28 pm

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Postby Worst Part's Almost Over on Sun May 04, 2008 10:35 pm

Peven wrote:you just like the cover......


:-P
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Postby Peven on Sun May 04, 2008 10:42 pm

Worst Part's Almost Over wrote:
Peven wrote:you just like the cover......


:-P


she does have a nice set :D




"The Wall" Pink Floyd
"The Final Cut" Pink Floyd
"Brothers in Arms" Dire Straits
"1984" Van Halen
"Back in Black" AC/DC

just off the top of my head
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sun May 04, 2008 10:45 pm

guess I've got some shit working against me on this since I was born in '86 and didn't really get into music until my teens. Also, I love lots of different types of music but nothing really in particular which I guess makes me a jack of all trades in a sense so I don't really have a favorite album of any era.

But I think I'll have to go with this little doozy:

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...And Justice For All - Metlicka (1988)

I guess if anybody's gonna pick a Metallica record from the '80s it would be Master of Puppets, but in my opinion this was the band at the height of their powers. I can't say it's my favorite album of theirs (after careful deliberation I'm gonna have to go with Load) but it is my favorite of their '80s output. Unfortunately, my vocabulary is pretty limited and I don't really have a thesaurus handy so I might have to fall back on words like "kickass" and "awesome" to describe it. And it is those things. It also has the best lyrical content on a Metallica record. It's got awesome kickass melodies and shit, like on "To Live Is To Die." And I'd say "The Shortest Straw" features Lars Ulrich's best drumming. Or at least my favorite.

In short, this is an awesome record that kicks my ass on a regular basis.

Also, I like Joan Jett. And to answer your question, Miss Jett, I do want to touch you. Where? There.
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Postby Fievel on Sun May 04, 2008 10:56 pm

1. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
2. Talking Heads - Remain In Light (Naked gets a nod, too)
3. Michael Jackson - Thriller
4. Genesis - Genesis
6. The Police - Synchronicity
7. Phish - Junta
8. Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1
9. Paul Simon - Graceland
10. U2 - The Joshua Tree

Peter Gabriel - So
Faith No More - The Real Thing
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
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Postby caruso_stalker217 on Sun May 04, 2008 10:57 pm

Fievel wrote:1. Metallica - ...And Justice For All


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Postby Vegeta on Sun May 04, 2008 11:04 pm

I'll put a list of albums together at some point, but probably at the top of my list would be these:
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Postby TonyWilson on Mon May 05, 2008 4:56 am

The Smiths - Meat Is Murder

The Cure - Pornography

Guns And Roses - Appetite For Destruction

Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

Gang Of Four - Songs of The Free

Eric B And Rakim - Follow The Leader

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace

Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

Talking Heads - Remain In Light

Joy Division - Closer
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Postby Peven on Mon May 05, 2008 6:39 am

Vegeta wrote:I'll put a list of albums together at some point, but probably at the top of my list would be these:
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glad to see you are secure enough in your manhood to put "Purple Rain" on there :wink:

no doubt it was a solid album. did you ever get into The Time? "Ice Cream Castles" was quite an album
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Postby Vegeta on Mon May 05, 2008 8:36 am

Never really got into the time... too busy headbanging through the late 80's.
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Mon May 05, 2008 8:42 am

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Still one of the best albums I own. Powerful stuff.
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Mon May 05, 2008 10:16 am

No one has mentioned any Dinosaur Jr yet?!?!?! Your Living All Over Me and Bug are both amazing.

As for Sonic Youth I am more of a Daydream Nation fan.
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Postby Worst Part's Almost Over on Mon May 05, 2008 10:50 am

stereosforgeeks wrote:No one has mentioned any Dinosaur Jr yet?!?!?! Your Living All Over Me and Bug are both amazing.


SHIT! You're right, I'd completely forgotten about Bug :shock:

*goes to listen to it*
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Mon May 05, 2008 12:17 pm

Worst Part's Almost Over wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:No one has mentioned any Dinosaur Jr yet?!?!?! Your Living All Over Me and Bug are both amazing.


SHIT! You're right, I'd completely forgotten about Bug :shock:

*goes to listen to it*


It's sort of a toss-up who started utilizing white noise into rock soundscapes first.
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Postby Seppuku on Mon May 05, 2008 2:10 pm

Now we’re talking! Somehow the ‘80s is my favourite decade of music, even though I hardly like anything that came after ‘82 (maybe that‘s a bit of an exaggeration). Once the jagged synth sound mutated into white reggae and codpieces, few bands managed to emerge out of the decade with their production unscathed. Still, every shitty situation has a flip-side, and it’s the isolation most of these bands felt from their peers that inspired them to create some of the best music ever made.

1) This Heat - Deceit. Recorded in an ex-butcher’s warehouse, this is some of the most affecting music ever made. Possibly my favourite album ever. While SPQR and Makeshift Swahili are arguably the highlights- the first sounds as if it was sung by the Roman Senate, while the second is a very unsettling hoarse potboiler- the whole LP stands up amazingly well.

2) Public Image Limited - Metal Box. When you realise that John Lydon was actually a fan of the occasional prog-rock band (Van Der Graaf Generator), his career with PIL might come as less of a surprise. Still, this was something entirely its own. And Jah Wobble was perhaps the most aptly named bass player of all time.

3) The Raincoats - Odyshape. Their debut is equally essential, though it sounds nothing like their second album, which is far more personal and laid-back. The final track, Go Away, was looted wholesale by Kurt Cobain. But he ultimately returned the favour by convincing Geffen to release their back catalogue.

4) Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth. Very personal, stripped-back LP. The Welsh group made this one truly perfect album (which, like The Raincoats, was a massive influence on the young Cobain) and scarpered. Hole slaughtered the song Double Credit in the Straight World, which Cobain was rumoured to have also made a version of at some point.

5) The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight. "You've been laying eggs under my skin/ Now they're hatching out under my chin/Now there's tiny insects showing through/And all those tiny insects look like you." Not a duff song on the album. Although the band featured its own Jimi Hendrix in the form of Kimberley Rew, The Soft Boys was Robyn Hitchcock's vehicle all the way. He's the '80s answer to Syd Barrett.

6) Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Decades of pop culture spliced-and-diced and compressed into something that sounds like a cross between a trumpet and a siren. Plus there’s the genius idea of putting one of the heaviest MC’s in rap together with…Flava Flav.

7) Pere Ubu - Dub Housing. The band's second, more glacial and experimental album. I find that it’s the albums which require the most effort from me in order to get into them that end up numbering amongst the ones I play the most. This is no exception.

8) The Residents - Not Available. Why is it that all the world's most far-out groups come from the south? There’s The Butthole Surfers (whose Locust Abortion Technician is anther '80s classic) Jandek, The Red Krayola and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, to name just a few. The Residents said they'd only release this album when they'd forgotten they'd made it. However, they only managed to hold out a few years before they buckled and put it out. I'm damn glad they did!

9) Julian Cope - Fried. Slap-bang in the middle of the New Romance craze, ex-Teardrop Explodes mainman Julian Cope released this highly melodic and folky LP, whose cover features a picture of him, naked, inside a giant turtle shell. In an alternative Universe, Sunspots would have been a massive hit.

10) Laurie Anderson - Big Science. Only recently got a hold of this, but the fact that it’s already made my Top 10 should attest to its greatness.
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Postby Vegeta on Mon May 05, 2008 2:12 pm

seppukudkurosawa wrote:
6) Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Decades of pop culture spliced-and-diced and compressed into something that sounds like a cross between a trumpet and a siren. Plus there’s the genius idea of putting one of the heaviest MC’s in rap together with…Flava Flav.



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Postby minstrel on Mon May 05, 2008 4:34 pm

The flow of good music dimished to a trickle in the 80s. That was the decade in which music stopped being made by musicians playing instruments and started being made by producers twiddling knobs. Ugh. It was a bad scene.

That said, there were some highlights. Some are listed here:

Dire Straits - Alchemy
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Paul Simon - Graceland

I'll think of some others later.
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Mon May 05, 2008 4:42 pm

Clikitat Ikatowi - Rver Of Souls
Rites of Spring - End On End (released in '91 but was a collection of all Rites Of Spring Material which was all from the 80s)
Halo Benders - Jamboree
Replacements - Let It Be/ Tim/ Hootenanny
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Postby doglips on Tue May 06, 2008 7:02 pm

Well I guess my most listened album in the 80's was Electric by The Cult.
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My memory is hazy to say the least, but I spent a lot of time listening to -
The Cult - Love
The Mission - Children ( hahahahaha - I was such a fucking GOTH!! )
Primal Scream - Primal Scream
Diesel and Dust - Midnight Oil
Power, Corruption and Lies & Technique - New Order
Terence Trent D'Arby - Introducing The Hardline According To...
Psychocandy - JAMC
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Pixies - Doolittle
The Cure - Disintegration
The Stone Roses
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Postby Maui on Tue May 06, 2008 9:18 pm

The Clash - Combat Rock
U2 - War
The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
Back in Black - ACDC
Eliminator - ZZ Top


There's more but my feeble brain can't recall them right now.
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Postby King Of Nowhere on Tue May 06, 2008 9:29 pm

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
Joy Division - Closer
New Order - Movement
Meat Puppets - II
RUN-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Guilty pleasure = Duran Duran - Rio
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Postby The Vicar on Tue May 06, 2008 9:45 pm

So/PG III - Peter Gabriel ( excellent concert as well )
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush ( the Perfect Woman )
Highly Strung - Steve Hackett ( late of Genesis )
Ammonia Avenue - Alan Parsons
Fire of Unknown Origin - Blue Oyster Cult ( also a scream in concert )
Joshua Tree/Unforgettable Fire - U2
Murmur - REM
End of the Innocence - Don Henley
Scary Monsters - David Bowie
Stop Making Sense - The Talking Heads
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Postby magicmonkey on Tue May 06, 2008 9:47 pm

seppukudkurosawa wrote:[1) This Heat - Deceit. Recorded in an ex-butcher’s warehouse, this is some of the most affecting music ever made. Possibly my favourite album ever. While SPQR and Makeshift Swahili are arguably the highlights- the first sounds as if it was sung by the Roman Senate, while the second is a very unsettling hoarse potboiler- the whole LP stands up amazingly well.


I just discovered this album, it took me a few listens to get it, but it's great stuff.
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Postby Maui on Wed May 07, 2008 12:42 am

The Vicar wrote:Stop Making Sense - The Talking Heads



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