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« on: October 14, 2020, 10:07:00 AM »



Pick of The Pops with Paul Gambaccini celebrating National Albums Day.

I can't help thinking that if I was going to celebrate albums I would not pick the years 1983 & 1987. It is almost entirely rubbish so far.

This was because Radio Two was having an eighties day on Saturday and all programmes featured eighties music.

They had a vote for the greatest eighties album which had been concluded the day before.
Here are the results if anyone is interested:
Top 20 greatest 80s album as voted for by listeners to Sounds of the 80s:

1. U2 - The Joshua Tree
2. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
4. Michael Jackson - Thriller
5. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
6. The Human League - Dare
7. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
8. Paul Simon - Graceland
9. ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
10. Prince - Purple Rain
11. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
12. Duran Duran – Rio
13. Tears for Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
14. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
15. AC/DC - Back In Black
16. Deacon Blue - Raintown
17. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
18. INXS - Kick
19. George Michael - Faith
20. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 11:54:37 AM »


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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2020, 01:53:01 PM »




Pick of The Pops with Paul Gambaccini celebrating National Albums Day.

I can't help thinking that if I was going to celebrate albums I would not pick the years 1983 & 1987. It is almost entirely rubbish so far.

This was because Radio Two was having an eighties day on Saturday and all programmes featured eighties music.

They had a vote for the greatest eighties album which had been concluded the day before.
Here are the results if anyone is interested:
Top 20 greatest 80s album as voted for by listeners to Sounds of the 80s:

1. U2 - The Joshua Tree
2. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
4. Michael Jackson - Thriller
5. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
6. The Human League - Dare
7. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
8. Paul Simon - Graceland
9. ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
10. Prince - Purple Rain
11. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
12. Duran Duran – Rio
13. Tears for Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
14. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
15. AC/DC - Back In Black
16. Deacon Blue - Raintown
17. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
18. INXS - Kick
19. George Michael - Faith
20. Pet Shop Boys - Actually


I only own three of those - Born In The USA, Brothers In Arms, Appetite For Destruction. I've heard a few of the others but there's nothing I regret not having in my collection. It does feel like a decently broad cross section of popular records from the era though.

 For what it's worth my top twenty would look something like this:

1. REO Speedwagon - Good Trouble
2. Al Stewart - Russians & Americans
3. Marillion - Season's End
4. Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
5. Asia - Debut
6. The Hooters - One Way Home
7. Lindisfarne - Sleepless nights
8. Goanna - Spirit Of Place
9. 38 Special - Tour de Force
10. Gordon Lightfoot - Dream Street Rose
11. Rick Springfield - Living In Oz
12. Dan Fogelberg - Windows & Walls
13. Kansas - Power
14. The Outlaws - Ghost Riders
15. Nanci Griffith - Once In A Very Blue Moon
16. To Hell With Burgundy - Earthbound
17. Survivor - When Seconds Count
18. The Men They Couldn't Hang - Waiting For Bonaparte
19. Barclay James Harvest - Face To Face
20. Touch - Debut.

 On another day, of course, I might pick an entirely different selection!

It's curious, though, how little my tastes have altered since the Eighties. Whilst there are many new bands I like, they still fall into the categories represented by the above. It seems I learned what I liked relatively early in my music education.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2020, 05:56:32 PM »

Mine might look something like this:

1. R.E.M. - Murmur
2. The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
3. The icicle Works - Blind
4. R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
5. The Replacements - Tim
6. Neil Young - Freedom
7. Game Theory - The Big Shot Chronicles
8. R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction of the Fables of the
9. The Clash - Sandinista!
10. fIREHOSE - fROMOHIO
11. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
12. Game Theory - Lolita Nation
13. 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
14. R.E.M. - Green
15. R.E.M. - Reckoning
16. The Psychedelic Furs - Mirror Moves
17. Meat Puppets - Mirage
18. Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun
19. fIREHOSE - Ragin' Full-On
20. The Replacements - Let it Be

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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2020, 07:20:55 PM »

Life, Fables and Green all better than Reckoning?  Nooooo.  I can absolutely see the argument for Murmur, but I still disagree.

My Favourite 80's album?  Oh, I hate these lists. If I'm being totally honest/contrary, I'd probably say Warehouse: Songs and Stories, Penis Envy or Horse Rotorvator, but I don't think I'll get very far with a collection like that  Grin  

Does Penguin Eggs sneak into the 80s?  Think it does...that's bloody high up the list.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2020, 09:14:12 PM »


Life, Fables and Green all better than Reckoning?  Nooooo.  I can absolutely see the argument for Murmur, but I still disagree.

My Favourite 80's album?  Oh, I hate these lists. If I'm being totally honest/contrary, I'd probably say Warehouse: Songs and Stories, Penis Envy or Horse Rotorvator, but I don't think I'll get very far with a collection like that  Grin  

Does Penguin Eggs sneak into the 80s?  Think it does...that's bloody high up the list.

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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2020, 09:33:50 PM »





Pick of The Pops with Paul Gambaccini celebrating National Albums Day.

I can't help thinking that if I was going to celebrate albums I would not pick the years 1983 & 1987. It is almost entirely rubbish so far.

This was because Radio Two was having an eighties day on Saturday and all programmes featured eighties music.

They had a vote for the greatest eighties album which had been concluded the day before.
Here are the results if anyone is interested:
Top 20 greatest 80s album as voted for by listeners to Sounds of the 80s:

1. U2 - The Joshua Tree
2. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
4. Michael Jackson - Thriller
5. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
6. The Human League - Dare
7. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
8. Paul Simon - Graceland
9. ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
10. Prince - Purple Rain
11. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
12. Duran Duran – Rio
13. Tears for Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
14. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
15. AC/DC - Back In Black
16. Deacon Blue - Raintown
17. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
18. INXS - Kick
19. George Michael - Faith
20. Pet Shop Boys - Actually


I only own three of those - Born In The USA, Brothers In Arms, Appetite For Destruction. I've heard a few of the others but there's nothing I regret not having in my collection. It does feel like a decently broad cross section of popular records from the era though.

 For what it's worth my top twenty would look something like this:

1. REO Speedwagon - Good Trouble
2. Al Stewart - Russians & Americans
3. Marillion - Season's End
4. Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
5. Asia - Debut
6. The Hooters - One Way Home
7. Lindisfarne - Sleepless nights
8. Goanna - Spirit Of Place
9. 38 Special - Tour de Force
10. Gordon Lightfoot - Dream Street Rose
11. Rick Springfield - Living In Oz
12. Dan Fogelberg - Windows & Walls
13. Kansas - Power
14. The Outlaws - Ghost Riders
15. Nanci Griffith - Once In A Very Blue Moon
16. To Hell With Burgundy - Earthbound
17. Survivor - When Seconds Count
18. The Men They Couldn't Hang - Waiting For Bonaparte
19. Barclay James Harvest - Face To Face
20. Touch - Debut.

 On another day, of course, I might pick an entirely different selection!

It's curious, though, how little my tastes have altered since the Eighties. Whilst there are many new bands I like, they still fall into the categories represented by the above. It seems I learned what I liked relatively early in my music education.  Smiley




In no particular order, hopefully avoiding the syn-drum sound prevalent at the time and with the proviso that not many of these compare to albums from the 70's;

Waterboys - This Is The Sea
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
Christy Moore - Ride On
Van Morrison - No Guru ...
U2 - Joshua Tree
UB40 - Signing Off (and the dub album)
Phil Collins - Face Value
Human League - Dare
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon
Roxy Music - Avalon
Dire Straits - Brother In Arms
Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
Christy Moore - Ordinary Man
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
Eric Clapton - Journey Man
Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Sessions
Van Morrison - Poetic Champions Compose
R & L Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

... most of them appear to have been produced by Daniel Lanois?


 
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2020, 10:21:52 PM »

I am never capable of coming up with definitive lists but if I had to pick just one album from the 80s it would probably be The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk.

Honourable mentions to:
Sector 27 - Sector 27
4 - Peter Gabriel
Exit 0 - Steve Earle & The Dukes
The Mona Lisa's Sister - Graham Parker
Tunnel of Love - Bruce Springsteen
Life's Rich Pageant - R.E.M.
Document - R.E.M.
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
The Dreaming - Kate Bush
My Life In The Bush of Ghosts - Brian Eno & David Byrne
How Will The Wolf Survive - Los Lobos
Speaking In Tongues - Talking Heads
Big Plans For Everybody - Lets Active
Graceland - Paul Simon
Blood & Chocolate - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
London 0, Hull 4 - The Housemartins
Famous Blue Raincoat - Jennifer Warnes
Bring The Family - John Hiatt
Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega
Sentimental Hygiene - Warren Zevon
Meet Danny Wilson - Danny Wilson
Volume 1 - Travelling Wilburys
Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
Swimmer - The Big Dish
Freedom - Neil Young
Mother Nature's Kitchen - Kevin McDermott Orchestra
Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty
The Nightfly - Donald Fagen
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2020, 10:24:51 PM »


Mine might look something like this:

1. R.E.M. - Murmur
2. The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
3. The icicle Works - Blind
4. R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
5. The Replacements - Tim
6. Neil Young - Freedom
7. Game Theory - The Big Shot Chronicles
8. R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction of the Fables of the
9. The Clash - Sandinista!
10. fIREHOSE - fROMOHIO
11. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
12. Game Theory - Lolita Nation
13. 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
14. R.E.M. - Green
15. R.E.M. - Reckoning
16. The Psychedelic Furs - Mirror Moves
17. Meat Puppets - Mirage
18. Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun
19. fIREHOSE - Ragin' Full-On
20. The Replacements - Let it Be

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Interesting looking list.

A few bands that I know by name but haven't heard. I'll look them up.
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2020, 10:26:41 PM »


Life, Fables and Green all better than Reckoning?  Nooooo.  I can absolutely see the argument for Murmur, but I still disagree.

My Favourite 80's album?  Oh, I hate these lists. If I'm being totally honest/contrary, I'd probably say Warehouse: Songs and Stories, Penis Envy or Horse Rotorvator, but I don't think I'll get very far with a collection like that  Grin  

Does Penguin Eggs sneak into the 80s?  Think it does...that's bloody high up the list.


I like other people's lists, if only to give me a heads-up towards bands I might have missed.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2020, 07:11:49 AM »


I am never capable of coming up with definitive lists but if I had to pick just one album from the 80s it would probably be The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk.


For some reason in my head I had Spirit of Eden down for the 90's, but it's '88, of course.  That's right at the pinnacle (of everything) for me...
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2020, 08:33:14 AM »

This is an interesting thread, pleased to see that its different strokes for different folks.

Can't even begin to list my stuff from the 80s
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2020, 09:30:29 AM »

Only one for me of any real importance , and as it's just been reissued in an all singing , drinking and much dancing expanded box set:
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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2020, 09:35:10 AM »

I've had a go and my first list came up with over 40, which I have, with great reluctance in many cases, whittled down to 20.  But I'm not going to attempt to put them in any order:

Suzanne Vega - first album
Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs
Rush - Moving Pictures
Asia - first album
Jethro Tull - Broadsword and the Beast
Twelfth Night - Live and Let Live
Camel - Stationary Traveller
Tracy Chapman - first album
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
Jez Lowe - Galloways
The Long Ryders - State Of Our Union
Magnum - On A Storytellers Night
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Paul Simon - Graceland
Robbie Robertson - self-titled
Steve Taylor - I Predict 1990
10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
June Tabor - Aqaba
Runrig - Once In A Lifetime
Big Country - Steeltown
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I've had a go and my first list came up with over 40, which I have, with great reluctance in mnay cases, whittled down to 20.  But I'm not going to attempt to put them in any order:

Suzanne Vega - first album
Nic Jones - Penguin Eggs
Rush - Moving Pictures
Asia - first album
Jethro Tull - Broadsword and the Beast
Twelfth Night - Live and Let Live
Camel - Stationary Traveller
Tracy Chapman - first album
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
Jez Lowe - Galloways
The Long Ryders - State Of Our Union
Magnum - On A Storytellers Night
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Paul Simon - Graceland
Robbie Robertson - self-titled
Steve Taylor - I Predict 1990
10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
June Tabor - Aqaba
Runrig - Once In A Lifetime
Big Country - Steeltown


Three there that were bubbling under my list. Or possibly Native Sons in the case of the Ryders.
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« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2020, 12:11:25 PM »

I would've included Runrig but my favourite album is probably The Highland Connection which came out in 79. I'd forgotten about that Lloyd Cole album. Takes me back to my student days, ditto Love and Rockets. I've noticed there's an almost complete lack of female singers in the list with just Aretha Franklin on the Blues Brothers record but that's about it. I was a fan of Suzanne Vega and Michelle Shocked back then plus indie bands like Throwing Muses but sorry to say they don't make the top 20.

Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain
Big Country - Steeltown
Blues n Trouble - Blues n Trouble
Eric Clapton - Another Ticket
Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - Mainstream
Love and Rockets - Express
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees - Boat To Bolivia
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Motorhead - Another Perfect Day
Repo Man - soundtrack
Sky - 3
Ted Hawkins - Watch Your Step
The Blues Brothers - soundtrack
The Damned - Phantasmagoria
The Icicle Works - The Small Price of a Bicycle
The Stranglers - Feline
U2 - War
ZZ Top - Eliminator
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« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2020, 12:47:37 PM »

Lloyd Cole might have made it onto the list another day - though the album probably would have been Rattlesnakes.  Icicle Works were also close - either Small Price or the first album.  And a number of U2 albums nearly made it, as Eliminator could also have done (saw ZZ Top on that tour - they were great!).
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« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2020, 01:10:40 PM »

I've snuck in 23 - I'm sure there are loads that I've missed off/ forgotten...

Ocean rain - Echo and the Bunnymen
Pornography - The Cure
Back in black - AC/DC
Brewing up with Billy Bragg - Billy Bragg
Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
Graceland - Paul Simon
Misplaced childhood - Marillion
Green - REM
Fisherman's blues - The Waterboys
Hounds of love - Kate Bush
Red roses for me - The Pogues
The Joshua Tree - U2
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Raintown - Deacon Blue
Declaration - The Alarm
George Best - The Wedding Present
Modern times - Latin Quarter
Back in the DHSS - Half Man Half Biscuit
Get Happy - Elvis Costello
Macalla - Clannad
Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables - Dead Kennedys
This is the story - The Proclaimers
Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
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Lloyd Cole might have made it onto the list another day - though the album probably would have been Rattlesnakes.  Icicle Works were also close - either Small Price or the first album.  And a number of U2 albums nearly made it, as Eliminator could also have done (saw ZZ Top on that tour - they were great!).


I have a tape of a Lloyd Cole & The Cs festival gig - might have been Glasto - which is mostly songs from the first two albums. They had some good songs. As for the Icies I'd say Blind is my second favourite.
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« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2020, 04:54:54 PM »

My Top 5 "Top 20 1980s Albums" Lists Of Albums:

1. Mine
2. Gub's
3. blagden's
4. Shankly's
5. Will S's

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