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A friend and I are getting together for an annual event where we play back our top ten records from a given year (determined by choosing numbers from a hat). Anyway, the year I chose is 1980. Coming up with obvious choices — Remain In Light, Second Edition, Entertainment, Closer, Crazy Rhythms, etc.) is easy enough, but I am looking for some hidden gems.

mohair (jon kapper), Friday, 7 May 2004 19:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

you don't know what your top ten choices are?

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 7 May 2004 19:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Eddie Rabbitt - "Drivin' My Life Away"

Broheems (diamond), Friday, 7 May 2004 19:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

well, yeah, i could easily come up with ten. but it's been 20+ years. so i'm curious if there's something i may have forgotten about. for the record, those under consideration include the following: Captain Beefheart: Doc at the Radar Station
Prince: Dirty Mind
Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth
John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy
Michael Hurley: Snockgrass
Pretenders: s/t
X: Los Angeles
Specials: s/t
Chic: Real People
Rockpile: Seconds of Pleasure
Suburbs: In Combo
Undertones: Hypnotised
Swell Maps: Jane from...
The Fall: Totales Total Turn

mohair (jon kapper), Friday, 7 May 2004 19:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

plus the five i listed previously

mohair (jon kapper), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Devo - Freedom of Choice!
Siouxsie & The Banshees -  Kaleidoscope!

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Television Personalities - ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It! (I'm listening to it now.)
David Bowie - Scary Monsters!

1980 was a good year.

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(a resource)

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Magazine - The Correct Use of Soap
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Gary Numan - Telekon
Peter Gabriel - III

Patrick South (Patrick South), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've heard of them.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

MX-80 - Out of the Tunnel (ILM reminded me.)
Elvis Costello - Get Happy
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field

I'm leaving this thread for people who actually remember the 80's.

Isn't that 1981, Alex?

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Well, it was recorded in 1980.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

After I posted that I kind of felt bad for doubting you about something Killing Joke related.

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(well, you were technically correct, Stephen...I owe you a beer now, dammit).

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


uh (eetface), Friday, 7 May 2004 20:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it was only a matter of time, wasn't it?

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I don't actually own any KJ albums yet (though I'm told I should), but I've heard "The Wait", which is the rulzors.

uh (eetface), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

xtc, "black sea"
george jones, "i am what i am"
the jam, "sound affects"
the clash, "sandinista!"
the blasters, "american music"

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ooh, and i almost forgot:

various, "wanna buy a bridge"

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one more, dammit, probably above all others i've mentioned:

linton kwesi johnson, "bass culture"

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Iron Maiden, "Prowler"

uh (eetface), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Pop Group - For how longer do we tolerate mass murder?
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Ds (ikue mori), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

YES, amen to Fresh Fruit

uh (eetface), Friday, 7 May 2004 21:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

new musik - from a to b
soft boys - underwater moonlight
buggles - age of plastic

Michael Dubsky, Friday, 7 May 2004 22:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

damn. maybe we need to expand our list to top 20. anyone know if wanna buy a bridge will ever be reissued? need to track down LKJ'
s bass culture. Was Sandinista 1980? London Calling is technically 1979, right?

mohair (jon kapper), Friday, 7 May 2004 23:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

after reviewing matos' 1980 (a C700 Go! presentation) link above, my list is lacking the funk, big time.

mohair (jon kapper), Friday, 7 May 2004 23:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


minolta (minolta), Saturday, 8 May 2004 03:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Michael, you like that first Buggles album? I didn't like the second one when I spent some trade credit on a four dollar copy of it recently.

Anyone for the Stones' Emotional Rescue?

Tim Ellison, Saturday, 8 May 2004 03:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

One of my favorite Cure albums, "Seventeen Seconds", and Echo & The Bunnymen's debut, "Porcupine".

Seb (Seb), Saturday, 8 May 2004 04:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Actually, I meant Echo & The Bunnymen's debut "Crocodiles" (those damn animal titles...)

Seb (Seb), Saturday, 8 May 2004 04:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Alice Cooper "Clones (We're All)"

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 8 May 2004 05:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Gary Numan - We Are Glass
John Foxx - Plaza

the music mole (colin s barrow), Saturday, 8 May 2004 05:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink



Jacob (Jacob), Saturday, 8 May 2004 10:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yello: "Bostich"
Kurtis Blow: "The Breaks"

Tuomas (Tuomas), Saturday, 8 May 2004 10:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Dexys Midnight Runners - 'Searching for the young soul rebels' (imo, the best debut evah...)
Prince - 'Dirty Mind'
Elvis Costello - 'Get Happy!!'

not particularly obscure but super mega.

tom waits - 'heartattack and vine' is no half bad either.

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Saturday, 8 May 2004 10:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

damn! i see EC and Prince were mention above, but hell! guys how could U miss out DMR?

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Saturday, 8 May 2004 10:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Alice Cooper "Clones (We're All)"

-- donut bitch (do...), May 8th, 2004. (later)


Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 8 May 2004 11:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Not one mention of Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades" yet????

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 8 May 2004 11:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Huh, so the first Killing Joke album wasn't released until 1981, really? I was just about to suggest "Requiem".... (maybe that single was released in '80?)

donut bitch (donut), Saturday, 8 May 2004 11:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Matos wayyy OTM. My own Imaginary Popscape 1980 (just completed) includes the following:

Prince--"When You Were Mine"
AC/DC--"You Shook Me All Night Long"
Change--"The Glow of Love"
Talking Heads--"Once In a Lifetime"
Hall & Oates--"Kiss On My List"
English Beat--"Best Friend"
Springsteen--"Hungry Heart"/"Two Hearts" (live) (slightly cheating)
X--"The World's a Mess, It's In My Kiss"
Genesis--"Behind the Lines"
Roxy Music--"Oh Yeah"
Kool & the Gang--"Celebration"
Specials--"Little Bitch"
English Beat--"Mirror in the Bathroom"
Pearl Harbour & the Explosions--"You Got It (Release It)"
Embarassment--"Patio Set"
Glenn Branca--"Lesson #1"
Bob Marley--"Redemtion Song"

alternates: The Dance--"Do Dada"; English Beat--"Twist & Crawl"; Liliput--"Hitch-hike"

albums of note: Specials, Prince, AC/DC, English Beat, Change

dr. phil (josh langhoff), Saturday, 8 May 2004 14:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

AMG has their 1980 feature up right now, and I was pleasantly surprised to see many I haven't heard yet. Anyone know much about Yukihiro Takahashi? In order of my immediate interest:

Glaxo Babies - Nine Months to the Disco
Bernard Szajner - Some Deaths Take Forever
Yukihiro Takahashi - Murdered by the Music
Freddie McGregor - Bobby Bobylon
Diesel - Watts in a Tank
Robert Fripp - God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners
Jezzreel - Great Jah Jah
Skafish - Skafish
The Jim Carroll Band - Catholic Boy
Lio - Premier Album
Phil Seymour - Phil Seymour
Snakefinger - Greener Postures
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy
Diana Ross - Diana
General Echo - 12″ of Pleasure
Rupert Holmes - Adventure
Ronald Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society - Eye on You
Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs
Robert Palmer - Clues
Chaka Khan - Naughty
UB40 - Signing Off
Bobby Bare - Drunk & Crazy

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 5 April 2009 22:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Hit a randomizer to pick a year and it came up 1980 so I spent my eight-hour shift listening to albums that came out that tyear. This is what I wound up playing in order...

Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Chrome - Red Exposure
The Wipers - Is This Real?
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kaleidoscope
Joy Division - Closer
Black Flag - Jealous Again
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel ("Melt")
Judas Priest - British Steel

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 August 2017 19:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Blue Oyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?
Gaznevada - Sick Soundtrack
Wipers - Is This Real?
New York Gong - About Time
Doc at the Radar Station
ABBA - Super Trouper
Dirty Mind
Creation Rebel - Starship Africa
Moebius + Plank - Rastakrautpasta

the underground is pass-agg (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 11 August 2017 22:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The Units - Digital Stimulation
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 11 August 2017 22:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The Units - Digital Stimulation

Nice call, I only discovered this last year! Excellent sub-Devo electro-punk.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 11 August 2017 22:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yes! The opening track "High Pressure Days" is so immense it's hard to believe it's nearly 40 years old. Wasn't quite sure whether to nominate the whole album (which is p. fun, don't get me wrong) or just that track. Speaking of which, some tracks, off the top of my head and trying to avoid anything already mentioned...

Kano "I'm Ready"
Family Fodder "Savoir Faire"
Fehlfarben "Ein Jahr (Es geht voran)"

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 11 August 2017 22:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Pretenders - Pretenders
Total Sex - Whitehouse
Dirty Mind - Prince
Seventeen Seconds - The Cure
Gaucho - Steely Dan
The Return of the Durutti Column - The Durutti Column
Double Fantasy - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
McCartney II - Paul McCartney
Black Sea - XTC
Remain in Light - Talking Heads

flappy bird, Saturday, 12 August 2017 03:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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