Eighties Reviews

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Fifth 10

Flowers: Icehouse (1980) Icehouse (known as Flowers until shortly after the release of this album) are the sort of band you could almost reduce to a best-of and leave it at that.  Iva Davies wrote for the charts, even if he was aiming at ‘meaningful’ pop some of the time.  Generally speaking, his good songs […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Fourth 10

Split Enz: True Colours (1980) It’s not that often you come across an album in which every song could legitimately be released as a single.  True Colours comes very close, the only thing preventing it being the two instrumental numbers, which are both excellent in their own ways regardless.  The other nine tracks are superior […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Third 10

Pretenders: Pretenders (1980) From the first bars of “Precious”, you know what you’re in for.  This is rock delivered direct and basic.  It’s restless and drives you down a few alleys before the trip is over, but you never quite lose the connection to punky rock, the pub rock sound that provided a hallmark of […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – Second 10

New Order: Power, Corruption & Lies (1983) New Order, in a way, ruled the Eighties.  “Blue Monday” was the indie anthem of 1982, and a series of catchy dance numbers accompanied by clever and smart video clips kept the band high on the recognition scale throughout the decade.  What set them apart was that, although […]

The Recommended 100 Eighties Albums – First 10

Scritti Politti: Songs to Remember (1982) Most would recall Scritti Politti from the 1985 single “Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)”.  And in truth Cupid & Psyche 85 is the sort of thing Green Gartside was aiming at earlier in the Eighties, when he had his epiphany and fully embraced the potentialities of pop music.  […]