Friday, July 11, 2008

Great Albums Released In 1982

As always, the list is debatable. Seems ‘82 was a “New Wave” kind of a year…what do you think?

Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Paul McCartney, Tug Of War
Roxy Music - Avalon
Nick Lowe, Nick The Knife
Orange Juice, You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever
John Hiatt, All Of A Sudden
The Spoons - Arias And Symphonies
ABC - Lexicon Of Love
Joe Jackson - Night And Day
Peter Gabriel - Security
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
The Cure, Pornography
Dave Edmunds, D.E. 7th
Clash - Combat Rock
The Beat - Special Beat Service
Men At Work - Business As Usual
Psychedelic Furs - Forever Now
Yazoo - Upstairs At Eric's
Haircut 100 - Pelican West
China Crisis - Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms
Mike Oldfield - Five Miles Out
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay
The Jam - The Gift
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless
XTC - English Settlement
Soft Cell - Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing
Gang Of Four - Songs Of The Free
Stray Cats - Built For Speed
Joe Cocker - Sheffield Steel
Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame
Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band...
Pete Shelley - Homosapien
Fun Boy Three - Fun Boy Three
Grandmaster Flash - The Message
Gil Scott-Heron - Moving Target
Van Morrison - Beautiful Vision
The Buggles - Adventures In Modern Recording
Men Without Hats - Rhythm Of Youth
Nash The Slash - And You Thought You Were Normal
Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out


Nik said...

Aw yeah, have to give it up for Men At Work, the first album I ever bought and still one of my favorites. They kind of ended up one-hit wonders in the US, but still a very underrated pop band I think.

Also of note:
Shoot Out The Lights, Richard and Linda Thompson, a FANTASTIC album in an amazing career, the best divorce record ever?
Mission of Burma, Vs
Lou Reed, The Blue Mask (great cover too)
Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska

Michael Jackson, Thriller (OK, I suppose this needs apologies -- but honestly this album was inescapable at the time and even now I can't listen to "Billie Jean" or "Beat It" and not smile. Pretty much everything he's done since is terrible and the man is a freakish wreck of a human being, but I'll give him "Thriller.")

Wow, 1982 was actually a pretty good year.

RumpRoast said...

Amazing year when you see it listed like this.

I agree with Nik, Thriller has to be there.

The list is great Uncle E, can't argue with any, and can't really add much at all.

Certainly a "new wave" year, or maybe better described as a high-water mark year for "post-punk". Look at the stunning variety of musical types represented in that list! And even Macca chiming in with a classic.

*sigh* ahhh to be 15 again with disposable income...

Uncle E said...

Philbert berated me this morning for omitting the Richard/ Linda Thompson album. And Thriller was a major oversight. Love it or hate it, a remarkable album that deserves some respect.
The year was a very good year, the start of all that great post punk experimental stuff, right before John Hughes got his grubby hands all over it...