Eighties Reviews


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 […]


As with the other decades, here’s a list of the big-ticket Eighties albums you probably already know of.  I’ll list them briefly, with a suggestion that if you don’t own them you should.  In no particular order, they are: Michael Jackson – Thriller Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA Prince – 1999 Prince – […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Last 10

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988) I really am a slow learner. After a moderately adventurous attitude in my teens, I spent my twenties believing that love of the chart pop of my youth plus reverence for Dylan/Young/Stones/Zeppelin were enough to get by; and in my thirties all I did was search for the most […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Ninth 10

The dB’s: Stands For Decibels (1981) I suppose the dB’s must have modelled themselves somewhat on Big Star, because I keep reading it everywhere, but I can’t hear it. ‘She’s Not Worried” for instance, seemed to be sourced from British pop psychedelia, or even Pet Sounds era Beach Boys. To me Stands for Decibels, for […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Eighth 10

Divinyls: What a Life (1985) In an era when Australian music was starting to impact internationally, and was generally gaining more critical acceptance, the Divinyls found themselves left behind. One of the major contributing factors was that, after an extremely promising beginning – shanghaied onto the soundtrack of the film Monkey Grip on the back […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Seventh 10

The Smiths: The World Won’t Listen (1987) We’re looking here at one of the most consistent musical acts of the decade – you could literally throw a dart at a set of their albums and have it hit a collection of songs you can confidently recommend.   But by the same token, there isn’t a Smiths […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Sixth 10

INXS: The Swing (1984) The early to mid Eighties were full of moments where an artist you were aware of would come out and surprise you by ramping up in quality or taking a left turn.  I’ve mentioned the king of the transformations, Tom Waits, already.  But there were others – Dire Straits with “Private […]