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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2020, 08:00:39 PM »

Got to twenty and then remembered XTC and The Feelies so had to stretch it a bit. In no particular order

Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians - Element of Light
The House of Love - The House of Love
REM - Murmur
The Waterboys - A Pagan Place
The Dream Syndicate - The Days of Wine and Roses
The Church - The Blurred Crusade
The Icicle Works - If You Want to Defeat Your Enemy Sing His Song
Green on Red - Gas, Food, Lodging
The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional
Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Rain Parade - Third Rail Emergency Power Trip
REM - Reckoning
The Dream Syndicate - The Medicine Show
The Long Ryders - Native Sons
The Bevis Frond -Triptych
Peter Hammill - Sitting Targets
The Waterboys - This Is the Sea
Richard Thompson - Across a Crowded Room
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
REM - Life's Rich Pageant
The Feelies - Only Life
XTC - Black Sea
XTC - Oranges and Lemons


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« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2020, 08:36:02 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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Breaking news: Col D's list has just leapt into the #3 slot!

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« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2020, 06:44:55 AM »



Peter Hammill - Sitting Targets



Now, there's a bloody fine album which I've not thought of in many a year.  Thank you!
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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2020, 09:18:40 AM »



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

Jules


Breaking news: Col D's list has just leapt into the #3 slot!

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Oh no!  That means I've dropped out of the top 5!  Gloom, doom and despair....!
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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2020, 09:20:33 AM »

These lists are great. Puts to rest the old canard that "there was no good music in the 80's" !
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« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2020, 09:51:28 AM »


Oh no!  That means I've dropped out of the top 5!  Gloom, doom and despair....!


*Sympathetic pout*

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« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2020, 11:41:53 AM »


These lists are great. Puts to rest the old canard that "there was no good music in the 80's" !


Looking through my cassette collection I realise I forgot about albums by George Harrison, John Mellencamp, The Mission, Iggy Pop, Crazyhead, Dead Kennedys and Roy Harper & Jimmy Page.

Should've had a Mellencamp album in there but which one to choose? Uh-huh, Scarecrow and The Lonesome Jubilee were all excellent albums.

20 is just not enough!

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« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2020, 12:29:31 PM »



These lists are great. Puts to rest the old canard that "there was no good music in the 80's" !


Looking through my cassette collection I realise I forgot about albums by George Harrison, John Mellencamp, The Mission, Iggy Pop, Crazyhead, Dead Kennedys and Roy Harper & Jimmy Page.

Should've had a Mellencamp album in there but which one to choose? Uh-huh, Scarecrow and The Lonesome Jubilee were all excellent albums.

20 is just not enough!

 Undecided



So true.

For all that some folks rag on music in the Eighties, there was just so much going on. Much of it flirting with the mainstream too. I could easily make a whole bunch of other lists and still have to leave out some favourites.

 

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« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2020, 02:01:15 PM »


For all that some folks rag on music in the Eighties, there was just so much going on. Much of it flirting with the mainstream too. I could easily make a whole bunch of other lists and still have to leave out some favourites.


Whilst all that's true, it's still a pale shadow of what would be there in my 1970s list, which I'd have trouble keeping down to 200, never mind 20.

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« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2020, 02:14:53 PM »



For all that some folks rag on music in the Eighties, there was just so much going on. Much of it flirting with the mainstream too. I could easily make a whole bunch of other lists and still have to leave out some favourites.


Whilst all that's true, it's still a pale shadow of what would be there in my 1970s list, which I'd have trouble keeping down to 200, never mind 20.

Jules


That's a good point.

I probably own more records from the Seventies than any other decade although I don't think it's as broad a church for me as my Eighties collection.
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« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2020, 03:59:55 PM »

I bought so little new music in the '80s. Mainly, I purchased music by artists established in the '60s and '70s. Therefore, my short list of favorite new music actually purchased during the relevant decade includes:

Human League: Dare
AC/DC: Back in Black
Los Lobos: Will the Wolf Survive?
Foreigner: 4
Doobie Brothers: Cycles
Eric Clapton: Journeyman
Dire Straits: Making Movies
David Bowie: Let's Dance
Robin Trower: Victims of the Fury
U2: War
Yes: 90125
Heart: Heart
ZZ Top: Eliminator
Little Feat: Let it Roll
B52s: Cosmic Thing
Bonnie Raitt: Nick of Time
Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever

There were lots of songs I was hearing on the radio that I loved, such as "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns 'N Roses, "No Rain" by Blind Melon, "The Walls Came Down" by The Call, and "But Anyway" by Blues Traveler. I would buy the CD singles if I could find them, rather than the whole albums, so I didn't really discover the rest of the music.
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« Reply #31 on: October 16, 2020, 11:48:26 PM »



For all that some folks rag on music in the Eighties, there was just so much going on. Much of it flirting with the mainstream too. I could easily make a whole bunch of other lists and still have to leave out some favourites.


Whilst all that's true, it's still a pale shadow of what would be there in my 1970s list, which I'd have trouble keeping down to 200, never mind 20.

Jules


I was thinking the same thing. Maybe a top 20 albums for each year of the 70s would be doable!
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« Reply #32 on: October 17, 2020, 10:22:14 AM »


I was thinking the same thing. Maybe a top 20 albums for each year of the 70s would be doable!


Yes, that's more like it.

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« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2020, 03:34:51 PM »



I was thinking the same thing. Maybe a top 20 albums for each year of the 70s would be doable!


Yes, that's more like it.

Jules


Who wants to start that thread? I'm game.
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« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2020, 04:42:24 PM »


Who wants to start that thread? I'm game.


Me too.  Go on then.   Wink

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« Reply #35 on: October 17, 2020, 08:50:04 PM »


I bought so little new music in the '80s. Mainly, I purchased music by artists established in the '60s and '70s. Therefore, my short list of favorite new music actually purchased during the relevant decade includes:

Human League: Dare
AC/DC: Back in Black
Los Lobos: Will the Wolf Survive?
Foreigner: 4
Doobie Brothers: Cycles
Eric Clapton: Journeyman
Dire Straits: Making Movies
David Bowie: Let's Dance
Robin Trower: Victims of the Fury
U2: War
Yes: 90125
Heart: Heart
ZZ Top: Eliminator
Little Feat: Let it Roll
B52s: Cosmic Thing
Bonnie Raitt: Nick of Time
Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever

There were lots of songs I was hearing on the radio that I loved, such as "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns 'N Roses, "No Rain" by Blind Melon, "The Walls Came Down" by The Call, and "But Anyway" by Blues Traveler. I would buy the CD singles if I could find them, rather than the whole albums, so I didn't really discover the rest of the music.


 I didn't know much about the Doobie Brothers until I documentary about them on the telly the other day. Really enjoyed it so sent for a few CDs. The only one to arrive, so far, is Cycles. Excellent record!
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« Reply #36 on: October 17, 2020, 08:57:48 PM »



I bought so little new music in the '80s. Mainly, I purchased music by artists established in the '60s and '70s. Therefore, my short list of favorite new music actually purchased during the relevant decade includes:

Human League: Dare
AC/DC: Back in Black
Los Lobos: Will the Wolf Survive?
Foreigner: 4
Doobie Brothers: Cycles
Eric Clapton: Journeyman
Dire Straits: Making Movies
David Bowie: Let's Dance
Robin Trower: Victims of the Fury
U2: War
Yes: 90125
Heart: Heart
ZZ Top: Eliminator
Little Feat: Let it Roll
B52s: Cosmic Thing
Bonnie Raitt: Nick of Time
Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever

There were lots of songs I was hearing on the radio that I loved, such as "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns 'N Roses, "No Rain" by Blind Melon, "The Walls Came Down" by The Call, and "But Anyway" by Blues Traveler. I would buy the CD singles if I could find them, rather than the whole albums, so I didn't really discover the rest of the music.


 I didn't know much about the Doobie Brothers until I documentary about them on the telly the other day. Really enjoyed it so sent for a few CDs. The only one to arrive, so far, is Cycles. Excellent record!


Which others have you ordered? As a lifelong fan I would be wary of the order in which to consume them. There are some that I like that I would not recommend as starting points. Cycles was a pretty decent comeback album, harking back to but perhaps a tad heavier than their early albums.
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« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2020, 05:00:57 PM »

In very rough order:

1. Solaris - The Martian Chronicles
2. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
3. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
4. All About Eve - All About Eve
5. Runrig - Heartland
6. Clannad - Magical Ring
7. Home Service - Home Service
8. Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
9. Paul Simon - Graceland
10. Oyster Band - Step Outside
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« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2020, 05:09:36 PM »

1. Sandanista - The Clash
2. Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
3. Lone Star State of Mind - Nanci Griffith
4. Nobodys Heroes - SLF
5. The Real Thing - Faith No More
6. It Takes A Nation Of Millions - Public Enemy
7. Sinsemilla - Black Uhuru
8. A Kiss In The Dreamhouse - Siouxsie and the Banshees
9. Guitar Town - Steve Earle
10. No Nuclear War - Peter Tosh
11. Love - The  Cult
12. Closer - Joy Division
13. Levitation - Hawkwind
14. Last Of The True Believers - Nanci Griffith
15. The Crossing - Big Country
16. Penguin Eggs - Nic Jones
17. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
18. Graceland - Paul Simom
19. The Smiths - The Smiths
20. Fishermens Blues - The Waterboys
21. The Stone Roses - Stone Roses

Better than I would have thought, and nothing from Billy Bragg or The Pogues, only one from the Smiths. Not really in order, couldn't be bothered.
Even so, with hindsight easy to see that the 90s blew it away, metal and hard rock had a resurgence (Pantera, Sepultura, Soulfly, Soundgarden, Nirvana etc.) after years mostly in the doldrums, there was trance and dance, and British music went through a fertile period with the Fannies, Neds, Cast, Oasis, Levs, Dreadzone, Carter, Inspiral Carpets and others, and His Bobness had a return to form that continued into the next century.
The 90s was the best decade ever, imho, for music anyway.  Smiley
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« Reply #39 on: October 19, 2020, 08:56:25 PM »




I bought so little new music in the '80s. Mainly, I purchased music by artists established in the '60s and '70s. Therefore, my short list of favorite new music actually purchased during the relevant decade includes:

...
Doobie Brothers: Cycles
...



 I didn't know much about the Doobie Brothers until I documentary about them on the telly the other day. Really enjoyed it so sent for a few CDs. The only one to arrive, so far, is Cycles. Excellent record!


Which others have you ordered? As a lifelong fan I would be wary of the order in which to consume them. There are some that I like that I would not recommend as starting points. Cycles was a pretty decent comeback album, harking back to but perhaps a tad heavier than their early albums.


OT I know, but as a fellow lifelong fan, I would explore the Doobie Brothers in the following loose order:

Best of the Doobies (the original 1976 best of) - my first Doobies LP and the one that started it all for me
The Captain and Me - IMO the best of the Tom Johnston era; turn it up LOUD
Toulouse Street - funk, rock and roll, hippy stuff, and New Orleans textures
What Were Once Vices are Now Habits - Pat Simmons' songs really shine on this eclectic LP
Taking it to the Streets - Michael McDonald explodes on the scene
Minute by Minute - the commercial if not artistic height of the band - Side A is classic, Side B contains some filler
Stampede - a country-flavored record, which I dearly love
Livin' on the Fault Line - the jazziest they ever got; great guitar work by Skunk Baxter
Brotherhood - my favorite post-reunion record; this one rocks
Sibling Rivalry - a complicated record featuring four songwriters/lead singers, but I love the sound
Cycles - the first reunion record; again, Side B contains some filler
Live: The Wildlife Concert - their best live album; love the new tunes, song selection and playing
The Doobie Brothers - their first album is very folky and poorly recorded; not representative of what they became, but a lot of fun
World Gone Crazy - their most recent album has some great songs but is not as memorable as what came before
One Step Closer - the decline of the Michael McDonald era; Simmons is barely there and MM was saving his best songs for his solo records
Doobies Live (1984) - the worst "live" album I've ever heard; I blame the producer, Ted Templeman. I think they rerecorded a substantial amount of this in a studio
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