Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1986!!

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Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1980!!
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1981!!
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1982!!
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1983!!
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1984!!
Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1985!!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
XTC – Skylarking 15
Throwing Muses – s/t 9
REM- Lifes Rich Pageant 8
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead 8
Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring 6
Janet Jackson – Control 6
Sonic Youth – EVOL 6
Prince – Parade 6
Paul Simon – Graceland 6
Arthur Russell – World of Echo 6
The Go-Betweens – Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express 5
Slayer – Reign in Blood 5
Metallica – Master of Puppets 4
Anita Baker – Rapture 4
Pet Shop Boys – Please 4
Big Black – Atomizer 4
Elvis Costello – Blood and Chocolate/King of America 3
Coil - Horse Rotorvator 3
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares – s/t 3
The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional 2
PIL – Album 2
The The - Infected 2
The Housemartins – London 0 Hull 4 2
Saint Vitus – Born Too Late 2
Spacemen 3 - Sound of Confusion 2
The Chameleons – Strange Times 2
Crowded House – s/t 2
Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus 2
David Sylvian – Gone To Earth 2
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill 2
Billy Bragg – Talking to The Taxman About Poetry 1
Bad Brains – I Against I 1
Cameo – Word Up! 1
Various Artists – C86 1
The Fall – Bend Sinister 1
Cocteau Twins - Victorialand 1
New Order – Brotherhood 1
Butthole Surfers - Rembrandt Pussyhorse 1
Peter Gabriel – So 1
Hüsker Dü - Candy Apple Grey 1
Kraftwerk – Electric Cafe 1
Swans – Greed 0
Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? 0
The Woodentops – Giant 0
Run DMC - Raising Hell 0
Mantronix – Music Madness 0
Schooly D – s/t 0
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration 0
The Feelies – The Good Earth 0
The Stars of Heaven – Sacred Heart Hotel 0


. (Michael B), Friday, 24 May 2019 18:50 (five months ago) link

I'm going to Graceland

. (Michael B), Friday, 24 May 2019 18:53 (five months ago) link

Infected

imago, Friday, 24 May 2019 18:56 (five months ago) link

skylarking by a hair over several of these, including gabriel, talk talk, bad brains, janet, cameo, and the fall

Wow, a better list than I'd expect for this year. Evol vs Master of Puppets vs Queen Is Dead vs Reign in Blood.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Friday, 24 May 2019 18:59 (five months ago) link

The Colour of Spring, ahead of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and Reign in Blood.

Missing: Astor Piazzolla's Tango: Zero Hour.

pomenitul, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:09 (five months ago) link

(Speaking of Argentina.)

pomenitul, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:09 (five months ago) link

XTC or Talk Talk. Probably.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:09 (five months ago) link

One of these, I think.

Anita Baker – Rapture
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
Prince – Parade
Run DMC - Raising Hell
Sonic Youth – EVOL
The The - Infected

nicky lo-fi, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:10 (five months ago) link

Oops, I missed the Beastie Boys and Run DMC

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:14 (five months ago) link

Lifes Rich Pageant > Candy Apple Grey > The Queen is Dead > Brotherhood, but they're all A+.

At the time, probably Licensed to Ill

Missing: Kaleidoscope World, but I'm OK with compilations not counting, and... True Blue?

dorsalstop, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:15 (five months ago) link

One of these, no question.

Anita Baker – Rapture
Janet Jackson - Control
Prince – Parade

breastcrawl, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:16 (five months ago) link

I would've included Kaleidoscope World but its a comp

. (Michael B), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:17 (five months ago) link

hard to get past rapture

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 24 May 2019 19:20 (five months ago) link

I don't know Rapture or even Anita Baker so I guess I have someone to listen to

I'll have to choose between Horse Rotorvator, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, and Throwing Muses. Evol's great of course but not a favorite.
I don't have any blatant omission to point to, which is very weird. Ok a few still:
- Poison - Into the Abyss
- Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
- Michael Palmer - Half Pint - Joint Favourites
- Hotline - You are mine

Nabozo, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:29 (five months ago) link

Gone to earth vs rapture vs master of puppets vs le mystére des voix Bulgares

brimstead, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:33 (five months ago) link

But if I could live
Safe and sound
In God given fields
Or mountains of steel

brimstead, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:36 (five months ago) link

Talk Talk vs Chameleons
Talk Talk vs Chameleons
Talk Talk vs Chameleons
Had to go Chameleons, that album meant the world to me when I was doing my first job.

ascai, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:43 (five months ago) link

missing Game Theory's Big Shot Chronicles, one of 3 CVB releases, and The Church's best album.
Going with Atomizer.

campreverb, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:49 (five months ago) link

Throwing Muses. But what a list.

Mule, Friday, 24 May 2019 20:01 (five months ago) link

Throwing Muses. But what a list.

Mule, Friday, 24 May 2019 20:01 (five months ago) link

Throwing Muses. But what a list.

Mule, Friday, 24 May 2019 20:01 (five months ago) link

This is tough

Bad Brains – I Against I
Big Black – Atomizer
Butthole Surfers - Rembrandt Pussyhorse
Cameo – Word Up!
Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Cocteau Twins - Victorialand
Coil - Horse Rotorvator
Hüsker Dü - Candy Apple Grey
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Saint Vitus – Born Too Late
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Sonic Youth – EVOL
Spacemen 3 - Sound of Confusion
Swans – Greed
Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring

Any of those but candlemass just over saint vitus just over big black

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 24 May 2019 20:15 (five months ago) link

Parade for sure, Sonic Youth & Coil close seconds

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Friday, 24 May 2019 20:17 (five months ago) link

Gone To Earth. I'm always putting Ocean Rain by Echo & the Bunnymen on the highest pedestal as my fave album ever/greatest album ever made, but sometimes I do wonder if GTE is secretly the true answer.

Valentijn, Friday, 24 May 2019 20:23 (five months ago) link

I'd say this year marks a bit of a step up from '85 - Parade, Skylarking, Colour of Spring, EVOL and Lifes Rich Pageant are all 10/10 albums for me for starters.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 24 May 2019 20:30 (five months ago) link

Metals big year where's NYCNative?

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 24 May 2019 20:32 (five months ago) link

Only ones of these albums I’ve listened to in the past year are The Go-Betweens and The Feelies. Voting for the The Go-Betweens - starts strong with Spring Rain, ends strong with Apology Accepted. And plenty of quality in between.

that's not my post, Friday, 24 May 2019 20:36 (five months ago) link

Big Shot Chronicles & Camberwell Now's The Ghost Trade are imo the big omissions here (also UT's Conviction but it's long been OOP, practically forgotten)

...anyways, Sonic Youth over Throwing Muses. No way this list isn't one of the best cases ever made for 86.

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 24 May 2019 21:15 (five months ago) link

Ghost Trade is so incredible, good catch

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Friday, 24 May 2019 21:16 (five months ago) link

(still not as good as Parade imo)

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Friday, 24 May 2019 21:17 (five months ago) link

How the fuck do I choose between Colour of Spring and Reign in Blood?

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, 24 May 2019 21:51 (five months ago) link

also UT's Conviction but it's long been OOP, practically forgotten

reissued last month.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, 24 May 2019 22:13 (five months ago) link

My two favourite Aussie albums...went with Go Betweens but Born Sandy Devotional is amazing too.

yugi ex, Friday, 24 May 2019 22:28 (five months ago) link

also UT's Conviction but it's long been OOP, practically forgotten

reissued last month.

― by the light of the burning Citroën, Friday, May 24, 2019 6:13 PM (thirty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

REALLY?????

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 24 May 2019 22:51 (five months ago) link

Oh I think I'm voting for C86.

Mark G, Friday, 24 May 2019 23:12 (five months ago) link

Electric Cafe

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 25 May 2019 01:02 (five months ago) link

Victorialand, one of my favourite albums.

jmm, Saturday, 25 May 2019 01:09 (five months ago) link

Electric Cafe

― big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 25 May 2019 01:02 (eleven minutes ago) Permalink

Its got a bad rep and it's not as strong as previous efforts but I love it

. (Michael B), Saturday, 25 May 2019 01:15 (five months ago) link

Word Up just ahead of Skylarking. They're both in my all time top 20. The Colour of Spring, Parade and Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express are ridiculously perfect records too.

kitchen person, Saturday, 25 May 2019 01:19 (five months ago) link

Parade over Rapture just but Rapture is a pretty flawless record

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Saturday, 25 May 2019 02:35 (five months ago) link

ok i feel like we got some genuine good shit here after the horror of '85, let's go

achwgha ney wodei - s/t
afrika bambaataa - planet rock the album
akina nakamori - fushigi
andrzej panufnik - symphony no. 9 'sinfonia di speranza'
astor piazzolla - tango: zero hour
banda elastica - 2
the cleaners from venus - living with victoria grey
curtis hairston - s/t
dagmar krause - supply & demand
dead - musical abortions
dwarr - animals
elektradrive - over the space
gauze - equalizing distort
hirax - hate, fear, and power
hotline - you are mine
luzbel - pasaporte al infierno
marlon cherry - life after theatre
moonriders - don't trust over thirty
motorhead - orgasmatron
news from babel - letters home
nobuo uematsu & takashi uno - cruise chaser blassty
pauli carman - dial my number
ran blake - short life of barbara monk
roberta eklund - the process of recognition
robyn hitchcock - element of light
siekiera - nova aleksandria
sodom - obsessed by cruelty
x-creta - patronizing the heterodox
yawning man - the birth of sol
rosa luxemburg - puri puri
kou machida - wild and crazy guys
akiko yano - brooch

ok kind of an odd (and pretty limited genre-wise) mix but i really do like a lot of the noms here as well, voted "parade", it's one of prince's best imo

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 25 May 2019 03:37 (five months ago) link

Horse Rotorvator, Atomizer, Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Born Sandy Devotional, So

& a couple of personal favourites not on the list:

The Cramps - A Date With Elvis
Crime & The City Solution - Room of Lights
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Kicking against the Pricks AND Your Funeral, My Trial
SPK - Zamia Lehmanni
The Sisterhood - Gift

StanM, Saturday, 25 May 2019 05:24 (five months ago) link

xp Supply And Demamd is not good imho, dry amd sterile and unexciting

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Saturday, 25 May 2019 14:36 (five months ago) link

i get your criticisms - it's got that very '80s production to it - but dagmar krause is a good singer and a good interpreter of brecht/weill/eisler imo.

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 25 May 2019 14:46 (five months ago) link

Oh totally, I love her other work (Slapp Happy) especially) but just can't connect w/ that one

Emperor Tonetta Ketchup (sleeve), Saturday, 25 May 2019 15:28 (five months ago) link

what do you think of the news from babel record from '86?

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 25 May 2019 16:48 (five months ago) link

i think our friend morrissey is going to fare better in this one

Trϵϵship, Saturday, 25 May 2019 16:50 (five months ago) link

Reign in Blood & Chocolate

(Why are the two EC albums one entry? Idgi)

mitt the hoopla (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 May 2019 16:52 (five months ago) link

My favorite album from one of my all time favorite bands, Victorialand.

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 27 May 2019 02:10 (five months ago) link

This is a very strong year

Siegbran, Monday, 27 May 2019 06:12 (five months ago) link

Completely out of character, this is the Triffids. Love that album.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:25 (five months ago) link

Yes it is brilliant, isn't it...but then so is LBATBDE.

You may be interested in watching this if you haven't seen it already:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keYoFOnuHMU&t=133s

yugi ex, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:18 (five months ago) link

It was likely Born Sandy Devotional I voted for, come to think of it. Sadly I never liked "Wide Open Road" (or the Calenture singles) as a child, so the greatness of this one still feels like a relatively recent revelation.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 08:22 (five months ago) link

Stolen Property (and Hell of a Summer iirc) was my gateway.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:52 (five months ago) link

Sorry, watching them do those songs on The Tube in 1986 (or late 85 maybe?) was what I meant but somehow forgot to type.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 10:54 (five months ago) link

The Tear Garden s/t mini album made an impression on me in this year and I still have a fondness for it. Ophelia is an all-time great electro-goth song and The Centre Bullet is some excellent dubbed out bleeping to infinity electronica.

https://youtu.be/qzpsl9sOOSg

Armand Frippanino (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:03 (five months ago) link

From here up to 1990 I'm gonna vote for a Pet Shop Boys album, if eligible.

daavid, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:12 (five months ago) link

Throwing Muses

J. Sam, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:14 (five months ago) link

Voting Skylarking; even though it's only like my 4th or 5th favorite XTC record,it's the one I've played most from this list.

While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:23 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link

It's not often that I find myself torn between Graceland and Reign in Blood.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:43 (five months ago) link

I’m torn between Control and Rapture (ha!) myself. Should I give it up and just give in?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:58 (five months ago) link

Old person here: I look at that list and wonder to myself, huh, in 30 years will someone have just as much trouble picking their favorite record of 2019 from 10/15/20+ serious legit candidates for Favorite Album of All Time that they've been listening to regularly for the previous 30 years?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 30 May 2019 01:13 (five months ago) link

would be nice to think so

Dan S, Thursday, 30 May 2019 02:13 (five months ago) link

not so sure though

Dan S, Thursday, 30 May 2019 02:17 (five months ago) link

All you need to know:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soZl5t30Lhc

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 30 May 2019 02:23 (five months ago) link

As much as I hate to say it, I can't lie to myself and vote for anything other than The Queen is Dead.

Bee OK, Thursday, 30 May 2019 02:34 (five months ago) link

Oh yes, Alfred, that is an all-time performance, and Rapture is a glorious album, but I decided to go with Control in the end for all the joy it’s given me over the years, and again when I played it this week, remixes and all.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:34 (five months ago) link

Meanwhile in Turkey, after 1984’s Sen Ağlama album, Sezen Aksu continues to remake Turkish pop music in her image with Git.

(not a million miles removed from Anita Baker at times, if I may be so bold.)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 15:42 (five months ago) link

Also, İbrahim Tatlıses releases one of the best of his mega-selling collections of popified arabesk and East Anatolian folk songs, Gülüm Benim/Gülümse Biraz...

...and in exile from Turkey, Kurdish troubadour Şivan Perwer releases his Lê Dilberê album.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:04 (five months ago) link

I cant believe Mike forgot to include them

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:53 (five months ago) link

Oh dear, pointless sarcasm, the best kind.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:04 (five months ago) link

for the 12" version of 'Sweet Bird of Truth' alone (its on the original cd edition of the album), it has to be Infected.

mark e, Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:06 (five months ago) link

But please, do update me about the guidelines on what kinds of music we are allowed to post about on ILM, so I (and everyone else) can behave accordingly.

xp

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:16 (five months ago) link

xp

lol

i had 10 weeks of people complaining i had left out their faves in the 69-79 polls so it does get a tad annoying but cheer up i was only joking

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:18 (five months ago) link

Well, you see, I wasn’t complaining about this stuff being left out. One of the things I like most about these polls is people listing additional favourites of their own from that particular year. There always tend to be some things there that intrigue me, and the rest I ignore. Same as with the main list, basically.

I don’t think in general this kind of thing is meant as a slight against the compiler. Everyone, including I’d hope the compiler themselves, understands that no selection of 50 albums will do a year justice. So it’s a form of crowdsourcing, to get a fuller picture of the year in question.

I don’t really get why anyone would find this annoying, unless they somehow think everyone should adhere to the same limited canon.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 21:08 (five months ago) link

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

System, Friday, 31 May 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link

You be you, Beastie. I love reading people's lists of what they feel was left out, often quite surprised (and informed by) how they differ from mine.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 31 May 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link

Oh look, XTC won. More power to my fellow Chameleons voter as well as the sole voters for The Fall and C86!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 31 May 2019 00:02 (five months ago) link

Depeche Mode – Black Celebration 0

*record scratch noise*

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 31 May 2019 00:19 (five months ago) link

I'd say Skylarking by a significant margin is just as (or even more) surprising!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 31 May 2019 00:34 (five months ago) link

yes that surprises me too

Dan S, Friday, 31 May 2019 01:23 (five months ago) link

Just one vote for So it seems — I am an album ILM de-ser-ted...

Don't give up — it's not the only poll

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 31 May 2019 02:40 (five months ago) link

The results are fair. Several of the finalists are among the best albums in history. So too.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 May 2019 02:42 (five months ago) link

Slightly disappointed to see I was the only vote for Cameo, but overall some great results. XTC winning is a nice surprise. Nice turnout for The Go-Betweens too.

kitchen person, Friday, 31 May 2019 03:18 (five months ago) link

wow, pleasantly surprised to see throwing muses do so well

J. Sam, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:51 (five months ago) link

Yep.

pomenitul, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:52 (five months ago) link

I hate consensus

campreverb, Friday, 31 May 2019 15:01 (five months ago) link

I'm glad Throwing Muses scored highly, not XTC.

Happy now?

pomenitul, Friday, 31 May 2019 15:05 (five months ago) link

Late call: Various Artists - The House Sound of Chicago, the very first (I think) Chicago House compilation.

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 May 2019 19:44 (five months ago) link

my vote wasn't counted. the poll is invalid. xtc winning is a joke anyways.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 31 May 2019 22:21 (five months ago) link

If you're one of the five other people who voted for The Colour of Spring and you're on Facebook, hmu for a friend invite! Same for the two of you who voted for Gone to Earth. You are all my very, very good friends.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:10 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

I rank Pazz & Jop this year. Voters sure loved Elvis C, T-Bone Burnett, and Richard Thompson.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 November 2019 02:58 (two weeks ago) link

Man I hope I was present to record a vote for Parade on this one. Great year though. Thanks for the Pazz & Jop link. True Stories was an unbelievable disgrace, though Little Creatures did warn us.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Monday, 4 November 2019 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

"City of Dreams" keeps True Stories from being a total bust, for me.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Monday, 4 November 2019 18:54 (two weeks ago) link

The hype around True Stories may have been my first feeling of New Jersey crestfalleness.

file of unknown origin (bendy), Monday, 4 November 2019 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

City of Dreams is not bad, I agree. It's just amazing that it's the same band that recorded Remain in Light. Is there any band that got so radically conservative so fast? I mean, Sonic Youth's Dirty is not even in the same category.

Love the BOC ref, Bendy.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Monday, 4 November 2019 23:16 (two weeks ago) link

Hahahahahahaha fuckin’ Robert Cray.

Mr. Snrub, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 01:07 (two weeks ago) link


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