Monday, June 16, 2008

Great Albums Released In 1980

For your consideration...

The Pretenders – The Pretenders
The Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It
Echo And The Bunnymen – Crocodiles
Joy Division – Closer
Ry Cooder, The Long Riders
Psychedelic Furs--Psychedelic Furs
Bauhaus--In The Flat Field
Dead Kennedys--Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Adam Ant, Kings Of The Wild Frontier
AC/DC, Back In Black
Alice Cooper, Flush The Fashion (yet another of my guilty pleasures!)
David Bowie, Scary Monsters (marks the end of his reign)
The Clash, Sandinista!
Blue Peter, Radio Silence
Yello, Solid Pleasure
Bob Marley, Uprising
XTC, Black Sea
The Police, Zenyatta Mondatta
PiL, Second Edition
The Ramones, End Of The Century
The Stones, Emotional Rescue (underrated!)
RUSH, Permanent Waves
Bruce Springsteen, The River
Teenage Head, Frantic City
Queen, The Game
The Cramps, Songs The Lord Taught Us
The Cure, Boys Don’t Cry
D.O.A., Something Better Change
Joe Jackson, Beat Crazy
Elvis Costello, Get Happy!
Squeeze, Argybargy
John Lennon, Double Fantasy
Madness, Absolutely
The Monks, Suspended Animation
OMD, Organisation
The Specials – More Specials
Talking Heads – Remain In Light
Killing Joke – Killing Joke
The Jam – Sound Affects


ThomG said...

I concur. Maybe you should just come over to my house and bring beer.

Matt said...

No need to feel guilty about Flush The Fashion! I think it, along with From The Inside is some of Alice's bestest... About 1/2-way through Dada, he lost me, though!

Phil Fountain said...

I'd add:
Common One Van Morrison
Borderline Ry Cooder
Decline of Western Civilization (soundtrack) - Germs

Holly A Hughes said...

Looking at this just confirms my feeling that rock music began to go downhill in 1980. Except for Elvis Costello, the Jam, and Talking Heads (okay,m and the Cure -- I loved that LP), most of the other albums on this list were not stellar efforts by those artists.

Emotional Rescue underrated? Not by me.

You forgot to mention Seconds of Pleasure by Rockpile, however. And Reasons to Be Cheerful by Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Uncle E said...

Well, now that's part of the fun about a list of this type, Holly, the debates.
I do agree with you that all are not stellar eleases, but most are universally regarded as very good representations of the artists work, certainly not the worst in their catalogues.
And you're right about Rockpile.