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EIGHTIES CHECKLIST

A list of the 100 albums I’ve covered, with links to each page, plus the reference/notes I’ve written regarding the decade.

 

Reference and Notes Page – Eighties

My shortlist of albums you probably already know enough about, and my general impressions of the decade

 

ALBUMS

Note – The albums aren’t arranged in preferential order.  They’ve been deliberately randomised to prevent any kind of ‘system’ being applied to them. 

First Ten Albums

  • Scritti Politti: Songs to Remember (1982)
  • The Blue Nile: A Walk Along the Rooftops (1984)
  • Adam and the Ants: Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980)
  • The Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique (1989)
  • Television Personalities: And Don’t the Kids Just Love It… (1980)
  • Los Lobos: How Will the Wolf Survive? (1984)
  • The Reels: Quasimodo’s Dream (1981)
  • Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (1989)
  • The Gun Club: Fire of Love (1981)
  • Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (1982)

Second Ten Albums

  • New Order: Power, Corruption and Lies (1983)
  • The Pixies: Surfer Rosa (1988)
  • The Beat: I Just Can’t Stop It (1980)
  • The Go-Betweens: 16 Lovers Lane (1988)
  • Wall of Voodoo: Call of the West (1983)
  • Prince: Sign O’ the Times (1987)
  • The Church: The Blurred Crusade (1982)
  • This is Serious Mum: Great Truckin’ Songs of the Renaissance (1988)
  • The Human League: Dare (1981)
  • Metallica: Master of Puppets (1987)

Third Ten Albums

  • Pretenders: Pretenders (1980)
  • Run DMC: Raising Hell (1986)
  • The Models: Alphabravocharliedeltaechofoxtrotgolf (1980)
  • Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (1982)
  • The Feelies: Crazy Rhythms (1980)
  • Orange Juice: Rip It Up (1982)
  • Talking Heads: Speaking in Tongues (1983)
  • The Residents: The Commercial Album (1980)
  • De La Soul: Three Feet High and Rising (1989)
  • Malcolm McLaren: Duck Rock (1983)

Fourth Ten Albums

  • Split Enz: True Colours (1980)
  • Joy Division: Closer (1980)
  • Kate Bush: The Dreaming (1982)
  • The Triffids: The Black Swan (1989)
  • UB40: Signing Off (1980)
  • XTC: Skylarking (1986)
  • The Psychedelic Furs: Talk, Talk, Talk (1981)
  • REM: Document (1987)
  • Honeymoonkillers: Les Tueurs de la Lune de Miel (1982)
  • The Fall: Grotesque (1980)

Fifth Ten Albums

  • Flowers: Icehouse (1980)
  • The Pogues: Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (1985)
  • The Birthday Party: Prayers on Fire (1981)
  • The Wedding Present: George Best (1987)
  • The Sunnyboys: Sunnyboys (1981)
  • Cocteau Twins: Treasure (1984)
  • Robert Cray: Strong Persuader (1986)
  • Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (1983)
  • Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain (1983)
  • Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon (1989)

Sixth Ten Albums

  • INXS: The Swing (1984)
  • Hüsker Dü: Flip Your Wig (1985)
  • Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: Rattlesnakes (1984)
  • The Replacements: Let It Be (1984)
  • Camper Van Beethoven: Telephone Free Landslide Victory (1985)
  • Hoodoo Gurus: Stoneage Romeos (1984)
  • The Sugarcubes: Life’s Too Good (1988)
  • Nina Hagen: Nunsexmonkrock (1982)
  • Elvis Costello: Imperial Bedroom (1982)
  • Motörhead: Ace of Spades (1980)

Seventh Ten Albums

  • The Smiths: The World Won’t Listen (1987)
  • Judas Priest: British Steel (1980)
  • Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: The Message (1982)
  • Stephen Cummings: A New Kind of Blue (1988)
  • The Cure: Faith (1981)
  • They Might Be Giants: They Might Be Giants (1986)
  • The Mekons: Fear and Whiskey (1985)
  • George Clinton: Computer Games (1982)
  • Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth (1980)
  • Was (Not Was): Born to Laugh at Tornadoes (1983)

Eighth Ten Albums

  • Divinyls: What a Life (1985)
  • Shonen Knife: Burning Farm (1983)
  • Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  • David Bowie: Scary Monsters (1980)
  • Midnight Oil: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (1983)
  • The The: Soul Mining (1983)
  • Afrika Bambaataa: Planet Rock – The Album (1986)
  • Dire Straits: Love Over Gold (1982)
  • Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
  • ABC: The Lexicon of Love (1982)

Ninth Ten Albums

  • The dBs: Stands for Decibels (1981)
  • Faith No More: The Real Thing (1989)
  • X: Wild Gift (1981)
  • Laurie Anderson: Big Science (1982)
  • Squeeze: East Side Story (1981)
  • LL Cool J: Walking With a Panther (1989)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Tropical Gangsters (1983)
  • The Jam: Sound Affects (1980)
  • Prefab Sprout: Steve McQueen (1985)
  • Richard and Linda Thompson: Shoot Out the Lights (1982)

Last Ten Albums

  • Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (1988)
  • Grace Jones: Nightclubbing (1981)
  • Pere Ubu: Cloudland (1989)
  • The Waitresses: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? (1982)
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy (1985)
  • 3rd Bass: The Cactus Album (1989)
  • Mental as Anything: Cats and Dogs (1981)
  • Big Black: Atomizer (1986)
  • Soft Cell: Non Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
  • The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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