Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1983!!

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not as good as the previous 2 years but some gems nevertheless

Poll Results

OptionVotes
R.E.M. – Murmur 26
New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies 16
The Fall – Perverted by Language 6
OMD – Dazzle Ships 5
ZZ Top – Eliminator 5
The The – Soul Mining 5
Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi 4
Aztec Camera – High Land Hard Rain 4
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones 4
Cocteau Twins – Head Over Heels 4
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual 4
Bad Brains – Rock for Light 3
Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock 3
The Chameleons – Script of The Bridge 3
The Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood 3
Minor Threat – Out Of Step 2
Def Leppard – Pyromania 2
Wipers – Over The Edge 2
U2 – War 2
Madonna – s/t 2
Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues 2
King Sunny Ade and His African Beats – Synchro System 2
Dio – Holy Diver 2
Sonic Youth – Confusion is Sex 1
Whodini – s/t 1
The Rain Parade – Emergency Third Rail Power Trip 1
Culture Club – Colour By Numbers 1
The Police - Synchronicity 1
Paul Simon – Hearts and Bones 1
Motley Crue – Shout at The Devil 1
Echo and The Bunnymen – Porcupine 1
ESG – Come Away with ESG 1
Husker Du – Everything Falls Apart 1
Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers – Jonathan Sings! 1
Jonzun Crew – Lost in Space 1
Lewis – L’amour 1
Metallica – Kill ‘Em All 1
Swans – Filth 0
XTC – Mummer 0
Billy Bragg – Lifes A Riot with Spy vs Spy 0
William Onyeabor – Good Name 0
Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks 0
Violent Femmes – s/t 0
Daniel Johnston – Yip/Jump Music 0
Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again 0
Minutemen – What Makes A Man Start Fires? 0
Elvis Costello – Punch the Clock 0
Soft Cell – The Art of Falling Apart 0
Suicidal Tendencies – s/t 0
Big Country – The Crossing 0


. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 18:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Some really good records but nothing I'm totally in love with (then or now.) Heads, REM, or New Order.

While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Friday, 3 May 2019 18:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

needs
Manilla Road - Crystal Logic and Mercyful Fate - Melissa

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 3 May 2019 18:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

huskers over mummer

flappy bird, Friday, 3 May 2019 18:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Didn’t frogbs say something about being happy that Jonzun Crew are on this list?

breastcrawl, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Another list with lots of amazing albums but this is The Chameleons every day and twice on Sunday.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

At the time this would have been The Crossing, but with the benefit of hindsight I'm going for Cyndi. (Still love Big Country tho.)

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Murmur" is a clear winner for me

. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Going with Eliminator, because the singles sound so good on the radio.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love Dazzle Ships, Power, Corruption and Lies and Madonna, but this one goes to Murmur without much need for reflection.

dorsalstop, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Perverted by Language, Huskers, ESG, Go-Betweens or Aztec Camera. All have never fallen out of regular play. (a nod to OP magazine for turning me on to ESG) Porcupine gets consideration since I've failed to vote for Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here (& it's great).

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

no DeBarge???

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

maybe later, Alfred

. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Favourite missing album is probably The Hurting by Tears for Fears.

dorsalstop, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I never liked those mopey bastards

. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

YMO's Naughty Boys is my favorite from the year, but absent that I gotta go for the Jonzun Crew

frogbs, Friday, 3 May 2019 19:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dazzle Ships. The first year of these '80s polls that was easy for a change!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Although, it'll probably be Murmur and Power, Corruption and Lies as #1 and #2, because this is ILM.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this poll is between dazzle ships and script of the bridge and perverted by language but i need to hear them all again before deciding

imago, Friday, 3 May 2019 20:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Favourite missing album is probably The Hurting by Tears for Fears.

Hell yes. I still hadn't heard any of this music in 1983 but by the next year I was all into TFF and Depeche Mode.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 3 May 2019 20:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Missing albums I would have considered throwing a vote to:

ABC - Beauty Stab
Alice Cooper - DaDa
Bauhaus - Burning from the Inside
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Eurythmics - Touch
Gary Numan - Warriors
Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap
Ministry - With Sympathy
Tears for Fears - The Hurting
The Cure - Japanese Whispers
The Stranglers - Feline
Yazoo - You and Me Both

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 20:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lamentably missing ate Rudimentary Peni - Death Church and YES - 90125 which I would so vote for

imago, Friday, 3 May 2019 20:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*are

imago, Friday, 3 May 2019 20:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Xpost I love "Japanese whispers" but its a compilation more than an album so I decided not to include it.

"Beauty Stab" has got a cult following of late and was an admirably bloody-minded move that confounded their audience but it always sounded stodgy to me. The opening track is great though

. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 20:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I believe ABC were never too keen on it either

. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 20:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's my favourite ABC album these days - I listen to it far more than The Lexicon of Love even. I like it that they tried something different on it, and again on ...Zillionaire!.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my 1983 fave is meat puppets ii but from this list it is "soul mining". "uncertain smile" is about the most perfect song in the world.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 3 May 2019 21:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sorry to say - and don't listen to me - but i am really getting pissed off with all these lists of supposed to be missing albums in the poll. instead it would be more interesting oto discuss about the greatness of the albums on the list. i never get tired of the keyboard on "uncertain smile".

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 3 May 2019 21:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes people banging on about why I didn't include <insert obscure album here> is a royal pain in the hole.

. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 21:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

but he just did it!

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 3 May 2019 22:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sorry to say - and don't listen to me - but i am really getting pissed off with all these lists of supposed to be missing albums in the poll.

Oh no, that's unfortunate.

instead it would be more interesting oto discuss about the greatness of the albums on the list.

Go on, then... I'm listening!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 22:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I haven't seen anyone mention anything obscure in this thread yet, although I'd welcome it while we're already here discussing the year in question.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 22:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Some great records here but this was an easy vote for Murmur, that'd be a contender for my favourite album of the whole decade.

(xposts) Meat Puppets II is '84 isn't it?

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 3 May 2019 22:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Meat Puppets ii is '84

. (Michael B), Friday, 3 May 2019 22:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Rolling Stone were really into Murmur at the time of its release, and I wonder how much of that had to do with the fact that they reminded Wenner and co. of The Byrds. There's some neat production touches on Murmur and I like the album plenty, but R.E.M.'s anti-synth stance and emphasis on "timelessness" was seen as a good thing and it seems very rockist now. Thankfully, even Stipe realised this himself later down the line.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 22:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(I should add that I'm a massive R.E.M. fan, but they never were a forward-thinking band)

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 22:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Everything Falls Apart was a huge leap beyond what preceded it, but Metal Circus was a huge leap beyond EFA. Amazingly, both were released in the same year, and I woulda voted for Metal Circus, but despite only being 25 seconds shorter than EFA, it’s an EP.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 3 May 2019 23:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Has to be N'Order this time. Though Jonzun Crew and, in a similar vein, the Go-Betweens are there and there about.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 3 May 2019 23:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hmmm, i don't know, something about '83 not much grabbing me, the stuff i notice right away is the stuff that nobody was actually listening to in '83, like lewis and william onyeabor. no sight of my favorite '83 record, "a big 10-8 place" by negativland

well, here are some more records nobody was listening to in '83!

abbildungen variete - s/t
adrian belew - twang bar king
african head charge - drastic season
alcides neves - destrambelhar ou nao
alice cooper - dada
angel rada - upadesa
augustus pablo - earth's rightful ruler

(haha we haven't even gotten to the alphabetically first one on the poll yet...)

bacamarte - depois do fim
chasar - s/t
clara mondshine - memorymetropolis
cosmos - musitopia
david hykes - hearing solar winds
diethelm & famulari - s/t
dif juz - who says so?
djeli moussa diawara - yasimika
dvouleta fama - studio 1983
franco messina - medio occidente
gwen guthrie - padlock (special mixes by larry levan
harry forbes a.o. - video-tech 1
hiroyuki namba - nikousen no ue no synthesizer hiki
howard shore - videodrome
kiyohiko senba and his haniwa all stars - haniwa
lalgudi jayamaran & ustad amjad ali khan - south meets north: violin & sarad jugalbandi
lifetones - for a reason
lio - suite sixtine
miharu koshi - tutu
negativland - a big 10-8 place
pink floyd - the final cut
rare silk - new weave
rodrigo gonzalez - hurbanistorias
seaside lovers - memories in beach house
solar - faith for my mind
strange advance - worlds away
sun ra - a fireside chat with lucifer
telectu - belzebu
upper astral - journey to the edge of the universe
you - time code
zelda - carnaval
cioccolata - tra special - cioccolata
100 flowers - s/t

anyway i voted for "holy diver"

Burt Bacharach's Bees (rushomancy), Friday, 3 May 2019 23:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sorry to say - and don't listen to me - but i am really getting pissed off with all these lists of supposed to be missing albums in the poll. instead it would be more interesting oto discuss about the greatness of the albums on the list. i never get tired of the keyboard on "uncertain smile".

― je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan)

sorry to say i'm going to continue pissing you off :) if somebody has something interesting to say about "kill 'em all" please don't let me stop you, but i don't. my lists are meant to be complementary, and my belief is that there's always room for more good music!

Burt Bacharach's Bees (rushomancy), Friday, 3 May 2019 23:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

>kiyohiko senba and his haniwa all stars - haniwa

*****

Milton Parker, Friday, 3 May 2019 23:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm just delighted that there's someone else on here that rates DaDa!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 3 May 2019 23:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Was seriously tempted to vote for Perverted by Language but ultimately went with the soundtrack to my favorite movie of all time. Wouldn't be surprised if I end up being the only voter for that album.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Saturday, 4 May 2019 01:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

murmur

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 4 May 2019 01:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

1983 ain’t no 1982...

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Saturday, 4 May 2019 02:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I do have a pet album or two missing here but I'm way too stoked to about the inclusion of Lost in Space and Good Name to have any real grievance against this polk

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 4 May 2019 03:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A less impressive selection this time around--not a dig at Michael's list; just an acknowledgement that 1983 wasn't as strong as 1980-2--but She's So Unusual remains a template for how a debut pop record should be done.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Saturday, 4 May 2019 03:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

script of the bridge

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 4 May 2019 05:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Meat Puppets ii is '84

you are right, there must be an error in my access database of music purchases. that means my 1983 fave must be something else.

sorry to say i'm going to continue pissing you off :) if somebody has something interesting to say about "kill 'em all" please don't let me stop you, but i don't.

i told you not to listen to me ;-)

to be honest i don' t know most of the albums here very well, so i will try to check some of them out. i think i'll start with the aztec camera.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 4 May 2019 12:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

As usual for this era, lots of stuff that I like, nothing that I really love. I'll have to mull it over.

pomenitul, Saturday, 4 May 2019 12:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

could vote for any of these, this is absurdly hard:

Aztec Camera – High Land Hard Rain
Echo and The Bunnymen – Porcupine
ESG – Come Away with ESG
King Sunny Ade and His African Beats – Synchro System
Madonna – s/t
Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi
R.E.M. – Murmur
The Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood
The The – Soul Mining
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
Violent Femmes – s/t
William Onyeabor – Good Name
ZZ Top – Eliminator

Murmur, Before Hollywood, and Koyaanisqatsi jump out, but Aztec Camera and Madonna are nipping at their heels

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Monday, 6 May 2019 22:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ZZ Top, Def Leppard, The Police, Dio, Motley Crue & U2 were my tapes of these back in the day.

earlnash, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 02:20 (one week ago) Permalink

maresnest so otm

campreverb, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 02:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Tough one. Would have gone for Tears for Fears - The Hurting, were it listed. The Police, U2, Def Leppard were the hard-to-evict residents on my tape deck that year. Picked The The due to falling hard for the "Uncertain Smile" 12".

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:38 (one week ago) Permalink

voted for Power, Corruption and Lies, it is my favorite New Order album and one of my favorite albums ever

Dan S, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 23:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Decided to pick Philip Glass to pick to pick decided to pick Philip to pick Philip Glass

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 23:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Madonna vs Cyndi, just as it was in 1983

Josefa, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 01:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Out of Step was such an incredible record

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:01 (one week ago) Permalink

also remember loving the 100 Flowers album and The Rain Parade

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:02 (one week ago) Permalink

Metal Circus meant so much to me, those guitars

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Diane

Dan S, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 02:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Got to be Eliminator.

A lot of rock ordinaire on that list, it must be said.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 8 May 2019 09:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Murmur is my real favourite but it will get loads of love fron everyone else so voted for Billy Bragg

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 09:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Went with Talking Heads
over U2 and Violent Femmes

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 12:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Sonic Youth album is all-time amazing as well.

nicky lo-fi, Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Murmur crushes everything else on here like a grape and yall know it. A disco-rock classic! Dance! Dance, you fuckers!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 9 May 2019 11:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Torn between High Land Hard Rain and Hearts and Bones

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 9 May 2019 14:53 (one week ago) Permalink

I might be the only vote for the Bad Brains album but I think it really is my favorite here

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 9 May 2019 16:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Cocteau Twins a close second, both records were personally huge for me back then

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Thursday, 9 May 2019 16:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

ha ha, you were right!

Dan S, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Murmur really is a great album

Dan S, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Wow the Violent Femmes debut got zero points. There's a band that's fallen out of fashion. Along with REM, they would've been the critics fave new US band of '83

. (Michael B), Friday, 10 May 2019 06:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1984!!

. (Michael B), Friday, 10 May 2019 16:12 (one week ago) Permalink

They meant pretty much jack shit in the UK, though.

(xpost)

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 16:36 (one week ago) Permalink

"Blister In The Sun" was a 90s indie disco staple

. (Michael B), Friday, 10 May 2019 16:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Somehow I feel like we've had this conversation before?

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:10 (one week ago) Permalink

It managed to get snuck into a couple of ads in the '90s, but that was many years later.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:26 (one week ago) Permalink

"Blister In The Sun" was a 90s indie disco staple

― . (Michael B)

The first time I heard Blister In The Sun was when The Wannadies covered it in the mid 90s. It was definitely played a lot in indie clubs when I started going to them the late 90s.

kitchen person, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:30 (one week ago) Permalink

The first I heard of 'em was also in the late '90s, through a combination of 'Blister in the Sun' being on some advert and the fact that they kept being cited by American music nerds. I mean, I've said this before, but they were definitely an American phenomenon.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:44 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't particularly want to open this can of worms again but they seem to have been markedly more popular in the US. As for meaning 'jack shit' in the UK, well, that's fair enough if the Go-Betweens, for example, or any number of well-regarded 'indie' bands who never quite broke through to the mainstream are also described as meaning 'jack shit'. I think it's a bit harsh, personally.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

... well-regarded indie bands in the 80s, that is.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

i heard blister in the sun in a pub in glasgow last time i was home in september.

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 10 May 2019 18:00 (one week ago) Permalink

I suppose one of the genuinely good things about the internet is that it's allowed the music of the likes of The Go-Betweens to reach ears that it otherwise wouldn't have done. I mean, we can comfortably say now that they should have been on the same level career-wise as The Smiths in the UK in the '80s, but it would be inaccurate to say that they actually were at the time. The first Violent Femmes album is regularly touted on the internet as a classic, and I guess in a way its visibility has only increased over time outside of American music geek circles (appearances in 1,000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die etc., a regular staple on "best albums of the '80s" lists, Gordon Gano allowing 'Blister in the Sun' to advertise all kinds of stuff), while not quite getting critical blowjobs on the same level as the Go-Betweens.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 18:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Perverted by Language
Mark Stewart + the Maffia - Learning to Cope with Cowardice
Confusion is Sex
Good Name
100 Flowers s/t haha
The Raincoats - Moving
Circle X - Prehistory
Emergency Third Rail Power Trip
Lost in Space
Yellowman - Guzungguzungguguzungguzeng
Nona Hendryx - Nona
She's So Unusual
Three O'Clock - Sixteen Tambourines
Come Away with ESG
Neil Young - Trans
B-52s - Whammy

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:04 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't know the 0 votes get ordered, but the right album ended up at the bottom of the list.

enochroot, Friday, 10 May 2019 20:14 (one week ago) Permalink

You have to give them kudos for making their guitars sound like bagpipes!

OK they're in no way cool, but I have a lot of affection for their slightly ludicrous but very effective rousing bloodboiler anthems

. (Michael B), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:30 (one week ago) Permalink

I should go on a Big Country binge. They were Glenn McDonald's alltime favorite band back in the 90s when he was writing The War Against Silence (which I used to read as a teenager)

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:50 (one week ago) Permalink

There's nothing wrong at all with The Crossing. Of course, I thought Adamson was better with The Skids, but I'm proud to say that Big Country album is a favourite of mine. 'Inwards' in particular really gets me going... love the guitar interplay on that, and the whole album. It's a shame that Steeltown and the follow-ups weren't as good.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:00 (one week ago) Permalink

I used to read Glenn McDonalds blog too. It was odd reading praise heaped on stuff like Big Country and Marllion at the time.

"Steeltown" is his favourite album of all time iirc. Tbh none of their albums after "The crossing" did much for me either.

. (Michael B), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:20 (one week ago) Permalink

they had some great singles but albumswise the 1st one is all you need plus the best of comp

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:38 (one week ago) Permalink

^ Yeah, absolutely. Even if the albums after The Crossing weren't as good, they still had the occasional decent single. 'Look Away', for example.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Hello to the three other people who voted for Philip Glass! Maybe we can all gather one day on someone's couch and watch Koyaanisqatsi together.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Thursday, 16 May 2019 23:50 (four days ago) Permalink

I knew I should have voted for Big Country. I actually like the first three albums pretty well, but definitely The Crossing is the best. Steeltown has some good songs but the Lillywhite production half-buries it. There's a point where reverb just becomes murk.The Seer has Look Away and a nice Kate Bush duet. And now Big Country always makes me think of Bimble (R.I.P.), the Big Country threads were where I bonded with him. He would be righteously appalled by the zero votes.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 17 May 2019 02:55 (three days ago) Permalink

steeltown kinda falls off after the first two songs, but man those first two songs are awesome.

brimstead, Friday, 17 May 2019 03:02 (three days ago) Permalink

I agree about the production on Steeltown. It's weird, because Lillywhite did such a great job on The Crossing.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 17 May 2019 14:56 (three days ago) Permalink

Could be the band wanted a change in sound?

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 17 May 2019 15:01 (three days ago) Permalink

Yeah, it could well have been - and plausible - that the band wanted to make a different kind of record. I just don't think Steeltown sounds all that great - unusual for Lillywhite in that era.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 17 May 2019 15:09 (three days ago) Permalink


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