we listen so fast: forgotten/unkown/unloved 80s we are listening to.

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just wanted a spot to bring up/talk about/mention any 80s listening you are doing and i would especially love to know about things you are listening to that are new to you. that is most of my 80s listening now other than the obligatory walks down sad dad lane with the usual lot of hit paraders. there is SO MUCH that i haven't heard in just about every genre imaginable and i kinda love the endlessness of it all. i will end long before i hear all the things i want to hear. which is as it should be.
would also love any reappraisals of things that you may have written off or ignored in the past.
but talk about whatever you want. its a free country lol. but i would love thoughts! as opposed to just pictures of covers.

anyway, this thread will be here. the 34737382th 80s thread. i know decades are kinda phony baloney in a lot of ways but for some reason i have always decided to go along with society when thinking about art and time. ten years makes sense to my brain. i grew up in the 70s and 80s and i'm always going to be fascinated with those years.

RIGHT NOW i am listening to Hee Haw's wriggl EP from 1989. listening to this you would never know that the 90s were about to happen. very 80s brit indie jangle with art school delivery. their address is in Edinburgh. sounds more early 80s. i dig it! i've never heard of them. they had two cassettes and this vinyl EP. vocals will give you a Go-Betweens feel.

this is them next to a tunnel that goes into the 90s and they are scared of it!


scott seward, Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:02 (ten months ago) link

(also: anything can be forgotten. so feel free to talk about something you forgot about and heard for the first time in a long time.)

(or i can just blab forever about shit nobody listens to. does anyone on ilx keep a listening diary of some sort? i don't know why i haven't done it. would be cool to have a chronological record of what i was hearing. but that does sound like more work and i have so much work already.)

scott seward, Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:16 (ten months ago) link

I was recently checking out Slow Children; kind of interesting duo that I wasn't previously aware of. Their 2016 "reunion" album (the only one actually streaming) sounded surprisingly vital, though I only listened to a few tracks.

Nonhuman biologics enthusiast (morrisp), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:17 (ten months ago) link

(the '80s stuff is on YouTube)

Nonhuman biologics enthusiast (morrisp), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:17 (ten months ago) link

I am very excited that the Corbett vs Dempsey label is doing an archival deep dive into the work of Dredd Foole & the Din, one of my favorite largely unknown 80s bands. It started out as Dredd Foole with Mission Of Burma as his backing band, though they only released a single as that lineup. A later version put out an absolutely incredible album, Take Off Your Skin, which it seems is gonna be the final volume in this series.

Vol. 1 - Songs In Heat https://corbettvsdempsey.bandcamp.com/album/songs-in-heat

Vol. 2 - We Will Fall https://corbettvsdempsey.bandcamp.com/album/we-will-fall

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:19 (ten months ago) link

This is the first track from Take Off Your Skin:


but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:20 (ten months ago) link

I bought the CD to Songs in Heat - that album smokes

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:24 (ten months ago) link

been listening to this absolutely great never-before-released album by lost Bloomington Indiana band The Veritables


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:29 (ten months ago) link

recorded summer 1986

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:29 (ten months ago) link

pretty sure they played in the basement of my rental punk house that summer

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:29 (ten months ago) link

I also highly recommend this modern reissue of David Myers' (later Arcane Device, still later David Lee Myers) great mid-80s cassette releases


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:32 (ten months ago) link

oh and this Amos & Sara reissue (1983)


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:33 (ten months ago) link

Hal McGee is a total hero for preserving the Psychodrama and Girls On Fire tapes


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:35 (ten months ago) link

basically this thread was made for me, ty scott

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:35 (ten months ago) link

raging, passionate proto-emo-punk anyone?


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:36 (ten months ago) link

idk how I feel about Ken Clinger listing other people's records under his own label/artist name, but his site also has lots of fab 80's analog synth tape stuff by Lauri Paisley, Don Slepian, etc


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:42 (ten months ago) link

(see also all the I.E.M.A. Group Tape compilations on his site there)

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:42 (ten months ago) link

is this the best of the many pseudonymous Nocturnal Emissions releases? I think so


out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 19:44 (ten months ago) link

"the Corbett vs Dempsey label is doing an archival deep dive into the work of Dredd Foole & the Din..."

Dan is a friend of mine! I love him so much. And his wife too. they are both great. I saw them in July at Byron Coley's big summer shindig. I also bought all of Dan's EDM/Techno/Glitch CDs during the pandemic when he was moving house. That was fucking insane. I am STILL listening to it all. but i can't talk about that here. it's all 90s stuff he got when he was working at Forced Exposure. also Roger Miller lives up the road from me. It's good to have Din friends.

scott seward, Sunday, 13 August 2023 20:21 (ten months ago) link

this sounded huge to me this week. her only album. i think even reissues are hard to find. it's friggin' amazing. produced by roy ayers. 1981. oof. i just love it. i only wish you guys could hear it loud on my stereo. the original sells for $300 and i am stating for the record that it is worth every penny. uh, not that i paid that for it. her voice is so cool. sometimes i hear minnie riperton in it. sometimes i hear my hero corey daye. but its all her really. and quite a performance.


scott seward, Sunday, 13 August 2023 20:28 (ten months ago) link

i brought this up on another thread but i had one of those real "how have i never heard this before!!!" moments last week. such a cool album. now i need the other two they made. i only knew that single "I'm In Love With A German Film Star".


scott seward, Sunday, 13 August 2023 20:31 (ten months ago) link

just discovered BOGSHED last week and now I have a whole nother slew of weird 80s bands to dig into

brimstead, Sunday, 13 August 2023 23:29 (ten months ago) link


brimstead, Sunday, 13 August 2023 23:32 (ten months ago) link

xp YES see also Jackdaw Crowbar, Dog Faced Hermans, Dawson, etc

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Sunday, 13 August 2023 23:33 (ten months ago) link

omg this thread--- Because not like there are so many Dredd records ever, here's another, from my '05 Voice round-up of outriders:

New England's Dredd Foole (Dan Ireton) used to lead a tribe called the Din,
which sometimes included emissaries from Boston noise kings Mission of Burma. As
presented by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Forced Exposure's Byron Coley, the
Foole, armed now only with mostly non-noisy vocals and solo guitar, does indeed
fight A Long Losing Battle With Eloquence and Intimance (sic), and listeners
win. He's the bard of the barred and scarred, the ones who pay the toll and the
(Ain't Sorry.)

dow, Monday, 14 August 2023 01:06 (ten months ago) link


bbq, Monday, 14 August 2023 02:59 (ten months ago) link

I just saw a documentary about the Blitz club on a flight yesterday, and it reminded to go back and listen to Rexy again (obscure one-off from two Blitz kids):

enochroot, Monday, 14 August 2023 07:48 (ten months ago) link

there must have been a time when i knew that Graham Gouldman of progpop legends 10CC had a duo called WAX with american soft pop legend Andrew Gold, right? and that they made THREE(!!!) albums in the 80s. right? i have no memory of this. listening to their first album Magnetic Heaven from 1986. very Mike & The Mechanics with maybe a smidge more era-appropriate clanking drum machines and synth blurbs. not so terrible. Graham Gouldman is some sort of hero. ooooooh, an old-fashioned 10cc-style guitar break. don't know if i would listen again. i've heard other 80s stuff by 10cc people and they must have gone nuts with the new tech but i can't help but think about how GODLY (get it?) the production on 70s 10cc was. i mean, beyond godly. it was the creme of the crop. (did you catch that last part?) RAK Studios must have just got an upgrade of shiny new bells and whistles in 1986. but it sorta turns into mush. maybe i need an 80s-to-Analog converter for my stereo. my poor Marantz doesn't know what do with these chiming plastic synth washes.
man, my sister played the hell out of that second andrew gold album back in the 70s. i liked looking at the cover. i liked busy room covers.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 14:08 (ten months ago) link

apparently i'm going mousse hunting this morning. listening to Lodgic's 1985 album Nomadic Sands. you get lyrics about nuclear destruction by the second song so i am in the right place. the production is already way better than on the Wax album courtesy of Steve Porcaro. i would listen to this album again! good vibes. there is also air. and room to breathe. i guess all my 80s r&b listening (and synth-pop listening) has made me really prize minimalism when it comes to 80s synths and gadgets. (i mean really when you get right down to it there is no reason on god's green earth to listen to a Wax album when there is so much goodness you could be listening to just on the Solar label alone. but someone has to do the heavy lifting.)
hats off to Lodgic! you could be an r&b fan or an aor fan and maybe like this. a little sad that the better harmonies and melodies are on this album and not the graham Goldman album!


scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 14:49 (ten months ago) link

i thought it might be a bridge too far to play the one and only album by Shy Talk from 1985 but they are standing on nomadic sand on the cover so i had to! and i'm enjoying it. maybe i have a fever. i dunno. sounds good to me in a kevin bacon movie soundtrack kinda way. their single could have been in Quicksilver for sure.


scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 15:26 (ten months ago) link

Shy Talk were never on an 80s soundtrack (which is baffling and i hope they fired their manager) but they were included on this cassette pop comp from Indonesia.


scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 15:29 (ten months ago) link

Scored a stack of forgotten 70s & 80s records in great condition for $1 each. They’re generally a cornucopia of mediocrity but a few stand out & will be getting a closer listen. First in mind is Ken Lockie’s The Impossible, which has at least one killer track, “Dance House”, a kind of industrial-lite post-disco stomper.

The land of dreams and endless remorse (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 14 August 2023 15:42 (ten months ago) link

listening to Gus & The New Breed right now. Gus had two albums on the mighty Nemperor label. i know i have played the first one but i have no memory of it. this 2nd album from 1983 has some good hard rockin' power-poppin' bar bandin' fun. pay no more than $2. i guarantee that if he had made this album in 1985 it would have been wall to wall synths. "He Was So Humble" is the most hard rocking track.


scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 16:36 (ten months ago) link

Years ago I picked up a 1985 album by a Canadian band called Condition, Mumbo Jumbo, based on the cover (sharkskin suits, evening gown) and the covers (Cole Porter, The Cadets, and a Lil Green number "Knockin' Myself Out.") Chanteuse plays combo organ, there's sax, drums, and lots of exotica bongo banging. Her voice is a little strident.


This thread prompted me to search youtube and to my amazement there is a video.


Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 14 August 2023 17:00 (ten months ago) link

"Scored a stack of forgotten 70s & 80s records in great condition for $1 each."

this is a big reason for this thread. the inspiration really. i bought the motherlode of 80s stuff. so much stuff. so fun too!

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:22 (ten months ago) link

Mock me if you will but I'm quite a fan of this ludicrous 1983 piece of sub-Queen nonsense from Northern Ireland's Cruella de Ville, just playing it for the first time since it came out


the phantom flim-flammer (Matt #2), Monday, 14 August 2023 17:30 (ten months ago) link

yikes, that's some crazy stuff! the cruella. i would never mock anyone's 80s love for anything.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:33 (ten months ago) link

i'm playing Cameo's Machismo album for the first time ever and i did not know that there is a Miles Davis jazz jam at the end of side one! nobody told me. there is some great horn action in general courtesy of the brecker brothers and maceo and kenny garrett.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:37 (ten months ago) link

If you need further confirmation that I'm the Lenny Williams aka kid Seville that played guitar on the machismo album you can contact Sammy merendino he put me in touch with cameo he was their drummer on numerous album's for them he can be reached at Sammy meredino.com or(212)9**-35**,I'm from Philadelphia, you have a album of mine and a picture of me I am the artist kid Seville so please change that it's not cool when someone takes credit for something that you've done even if it's a mistake but this can be rectified thank you Lenny Williams aka kid Seville, Leonard j Williams

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:38 (ten months ago) link

discogs needs to get on that. notice how i covered the phone number. i don't want any of you guys calling sammy meredino and pranking him.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:39 (ten months ago) link

Hard to know what counts as "unknown" to ILM, but I've never met another person who knows and loves this whiny country song.

The Rave-Ups, Radio


Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:41 (ten months ago) link

i like it! its sad. i love songs about radio. or when people say the word radio over and over. i remember the rave-ups of course because they were lumped in with all the other alt country rock people but i never listened to them.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:47 (ten months ago) link

Cameo's Machismo album is really ambitious! it's impressive. sounds great too.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 17:47 (ten months ago) link

are there fans of early soup dragons...i'm a little scared of this 1986 EP i have in front of me. Edinburgh address. i wonder if they were friends with Hee Haw up above there.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 18:05 (ten months ago) link

listening to the one and only album by The Gyrlz from 1988 on Capitol which sounds pretty much like you would think a girl group with involvement from Teddy Riley and Al B. Sure! would sound like. it's right up my nujak alley. i'm thinking of starting a tape label that is just chopped & screwed new jack r&b records from the 80s and 90s. #milliondollaridea


scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 18:20 (ten months ago) link

this gyrlz album is really solid! both sides.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 18:44 (ten months ago) link



scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 18:46 (ten months ago) link

Listening to Richard Strange's live debut solo album The Live Rise Of Richard Strange from 1980. it's cool. he was Kid Strange from my fave band Doctors of Madness. i've never heard his solo stuff. and you know how i love a live debut album. obviously remixed later but it originated live from Hurrah in NYC. i never got to go to Hurrah. its stripped down stuff compared to the proggy bombast of DoM. as befitting the times. still very vocal-forward and quirky. if you like the records that nash the slash did apart from the band FM then you would like this. that's pretty specific but pretty accurate too. this is more straightforward than nash's stuff though.

scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 19:24 (ten months ago) link

in case anyone might be interested. this was my pandemic project. i kinda got obsessed by the book VOLUME: International Discography Of The New Wave from 1980 and decided to make a playlist for the book. It took me...two years? more? Who knows. It was pandemic time, baby! Time wasn't really a thing. Anyway, it was really hard because that book was a mess. Lots of detective work. But fun too. I learned a lot and heard even more. Not totally applicable to this thread but in the spirit of this thread. this link should work.


scott seward, Monday, 14 August 2023 19:31 (ten months ago) link

God I had that Mainframe album, I'd guess those guys went into software development and made a mint. Tragically they're not listed on Progarchives, but googling them uncovered a Mainframe website!

prog ain't no religious cult (Matt #2), Thursday, 25 April 2024 13:52 (two months ago) link

Pete Shelley also had some kind of program on an LP iirc

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Thursday, 25 April 2024 14:03 (two months ago) link

I know they ended up doing music for some amiga games. Thanks for the link btw!

xp yes indeed!

Bernard Quidbins (NickB), Thursday, 25 April 2024 14:04 (two months ago) link

are those two Gadgets albums a dime a dozen in the U.K.? i never see them here. i only see The Blue Album. which i like a lot.

scott seward, Thursday, 25 April 2024 15:31 (two months ago) link

not something I've seen around, but I have picked up a Jeremy's Secret LP and a Colin Lloyd Tucker solo album in the last few tears

Bernard Quidbins (NickB), Thursday, 25 April 2024 17:31 (two months ago) link

EVERYONE HERE should listen to The Gadgets just in case they have passed you by. that stuff is awesome.

scott seward, Thursday, 25 April 2024 17:38 (two months ago) link

I can't decide if the Doug and the Slugs vibe is more Kids in the Hall or Barenaked Ladies


sox concrète (bendy), Friday, 26 April 2024 20:01 (two months ago) link

i think just "Canadian" will do.

scott seward, Friday, 26 April 2024 20:07 (two months ago) link


Could a Canadian help me parse the tam-as-comedy-signifier? Or am I overfitting connections between D&TS, BN Ladies and Nardwuar?

sox concrète (bendy), Friday, 26 April 2024 20:08 (two months ago) link

im obsessed w this one right now ... such a cool vibe, amazing video, feels so on trend


xheugy eddy (D-40), Friday, 26 April 2024 22:02 (two months ago) link

also may I recommend the 'rubble mix'


xheugy eddy (D-40), Friday, 26 April 2024 22:03 (two months ago) link


scott seward, Saturday, 27 April 2024 14:29 (two months ago) link


scott seward, Saturday, 27 April 2024 14:35 (two months ago) link

Oi! and crust punk were so much more popular than anyone wanted to admit. Nice to see GG at #6 in the hipster chart though.

a fatal dose of irony (Matt #2), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 12:45 (two months ago) link

Amazing snapshot in time. Reminds me of trying to gym class that winter as the teacher tried to get us to properly rotate nine-person vollyball teams. Is this from Sounds? How long did/could the rockabilly chart last I wonder. "Nutbush City Limits" as a metal standard. I guess the New Pop New Romantics erased all that oi and crust a few months later.

sox concrète (bendy), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 13:26 (two months ago) link

* reminds me of gym class that winter as the teacher tried to get us to properly rotate nine-person vollyball teams.

sox concrète (bendy), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 14:04 (two months ago) link

"when our love passed out on the clash"

well below the otm mendoza line (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:00 (two months ago) link

that american albums list is some serious 8th grade flashback stuff. its a lot of what kids were listening to where i was. i had bought kings of the wild frontier in 1980 so i was already well on my way to becoming whatever the hell i became. new wave/punk/metal fan of the 80s.

scott seward, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:10 (two months ago) link

1980 was that weird year where my favorite bands were judas priest, the kinks, and adam & the ants.

scott seward, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:11 (two months ago) link

yeah the american lists are so "what i talk about when i am talking about the 80s."

it was utterly immersive omnipresent and hard to avoid. there's like 20 other charts posted above and there were like 8 ppl hearing that lol.

well below the otm mendoza line (Hunt3r), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:15 (two months ago) link

Great post, Scott. Kinda wild that the Geordie cover of Ike and Tina would end up being an AC/DC audition around this same time. Wild to see the Misunderstood archival album in the indie chart.

BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:21 (two months ago) link

cherry red and john peel were misunderstood super fans.

scott seward, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:41 (two months ago) link

this is certainly handy to have online.


scott seward, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:43 (two months ago) link

i actually read that book-length story of the Misunderstood that Mike Stax wrote for Ugly Things magazine. it could be a slog but the Peel stuff was always interesting.

scott seward, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 16:44 (two months ago) link

Weird thing was that IIRC there was still one last part of that story to go about what happened after the band fell apart and I don't think that ever got published?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 17:11 (two months ago) link

i don't remember. i thought it went on to Juicy Lucy and the move to England and all that and someone dropping out and going to India...? its all a blur. that thing was very very long.

scott seward, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 17:24 (two months ago) link

i was a teenage Shop Assistants and Fuzzbox fan but i didn't know about Chin-Chin!


scott seward, Saturday, 4 May 2024 15:53 (two months ago) link



scott seward, Saturday, 4 May 2024 15:54 (two months ago) link

do i need to listen to Will & The Bushmen or The Windbreakers?

scott seward, Monday, 13 May 2024 15:31 (one month ago) link

Trouser Press was hot on the Windbreakers, but the one record I bought never warranted a second listen.
I think I mentally file them with Dwight Twilley: meat and potatoes, straight ahead, workmanlike rock that I don't get what the big deal is.

enochroot, Monday, 13 May 2024 23:47 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

nice to get a visit at the store from ilxor gerald mcboingboing today! post more you dirty lurker!

scott seward, Saturday, 22 June 2024 17:17 (two weeks ago) link

Oh I will, gotta make my way through this entire thread first!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 22 June 2024 20:19 (two weeks ago) link


scott seward, Sunday, 30 June 2024 01:53 (one week ago) link

I’m in your area but not sure I’ll be able to make it.

dan selzer, Sunday, 30 June 2024 14:44 (one week ago) link

my area?? i'm not there today. maria is. and my 12-inch section is bleak right now. fair warning.

scott seward, Sunday, 30 June 2024 15:48 (one week ago) link


scott seward, Wednesday, 10 July 2024 15:53 (two days ago) link

All the youtube comments on that compilation are like "the algorithm brought me here", but little do they know you just need to bookmark the forgotten/unknwn/unloved 80s thread and you're all set.

enochroot, Thursday, 11 July 2024 12:02 (yesterday) link

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