Favorite '80s Albums

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LoganRuckman
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Favorite '80s Albums

Postby LoganRuckman » April 18th, 2019, 3:28 pm

I really loved the '90s albums thread, so I decided to start a similar thread for the '80s (I'll also do one for the '70s as that's my 2nd favorite musical decade after the '90s). I have somewhat limited experience with this decade's music compared to the '90s, but I can still list a few favorites:

The Descendants- Milo Goes To College
Dead Kennedys- Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Fugazi- 13 Songs
Nirvana- Bleach
Mudhoney- Superfuzz Bigmuff
Sub Pop 200
The Pixies- Surfer Rosa
Dinosaur Jr.- You're Living All Over Me
Duran Duran- Rio
Metallica- Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets
Slayer- Reign In Blood
Morbid Angel- Altars Of Madness
The Melvins- Gluey Porch Treatments
The Dbs- Stands For Decibels

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Gentlegamer
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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby Gentlegamer » April 18th, 2019, 4:43 pm

The Police - Synchronicity
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Ozzy Osbourne - Randy Rhoads Tribute
Dio - Holy Diver
Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
AC/DC - Back In Black
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Huey Lewis and the News - Sports
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
Whitesnake - Whitesnake
Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man

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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby jon » April 19th, 2019, 2:50 pm

I also was a little too young for this decade, although I remember the late 80’s. Inspired, this thread has inspired me to listen to death metal and grind core for the first time extensively since my early 30’s.I’ve been listening to Altars of Madness. Since it’s already been mentioned I won’t include it.

1) David Lee Roth - Eat Em and Smile
2) Unseen Terror - Human Error
3) Terrorizer - World Downfall (same drummer as Morbid Angel

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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby Stalvern » April 20th, 2019, 12:16 am

Managed with difficulty to narrow down my top ten.

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1. Vangelis – Blade Runner score (1982)

A perfect match for the film.

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2. The Fall – Perverted by Language (1983)

Only The Fall (meaning Mark E. Smith, really) can be this unhinged and lucid at the same time. This album lurks behind you while you listen to it.

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3. Wendy Carlos – Beauty in the Beast (1986)

Fascinating exploration of musical theory and unfamiliar traditions, played with some of the most deceptively "real" sounds to come out of a synthesizer in the '80s.

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4. Rush – Moving Pictures (1981)

The closest Rush ever came to firing on all cylinders for a whole album. Would be a place or two higher if the song "Witch Hunt" didn't fail so hard at being scary.

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5. De la Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

De la Soul Is Dead is my favorite rap album ever; this is merely my favorite of the '80s. A colorful cornucopia of style and smarts.

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6. DDT – Свинья на Радуге (1982)

Illegal Soviet underground rock by a band that would conquer Russian radio in the next decade.

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7. Swans – Cop (1984)

Horrible.

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8. Voïvod – Dimension Hatröss (1988)

Crazy space alien metal. I gushed over this album more than enough in the metal thread; I don't need to repeat it all here.

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9. Last Exit – Last Exit (1986)

Ferociously evil electric free jazz. Kicks the pants off the group's studio album.

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10. Throwing Muses – House Tornado (1988)

A lovely, autumnal album by a band that seems strangely overshadowed by its contemporaries. Clean and clear as a cool morning walk in the woods.
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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby FusekiGames » April 20th, 2019, 12:32 am

1. Fates Warning- Perfect Symmetry
2. Queensryche- Rage for Order
3. Napalm Death- Mentally Murdered EP
4. Dokken -Tooth and Nail
5. Black Sabbath- Heaven and Hell
6. Black Sabbath- Mob Rules
7. Black Sabbath- Headless Cross
8. Racer X- Second Heat
9. Judas Priest- Defenders of the Faith
10. Iron Maiden- Powerslave

In no particular order...

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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby Cafeman » April 20th, 2019, 8:08 am

1. Rush, Exit Stage Left, Moving Pictures
2. Deep Purple, Perfect Strangers
3. The Go Gos, beauty and the Beat.
4. Van Halen, 1984.
5. Def Leppard, Pyromania.
6. AC DC, Back in Black.
7. Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA
8. Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Alien, Flying in a Blue Dream
9. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Couldn't Stand the Weather, Texas Flood, In Step
10. Guns n Roses, Appetite for Destruction.

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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby astrodomekid » April 23rd, 2019, 8:12 pm

Here’s some of my favorites thus far.

a-Ha - “Hunting High and Low”
Depeche Mode - “Some Great Reward”
Def Leppard - “Pyromania”
Def Leppard - “Hysteria”
Duran Duran - “Rio”
Eurythmics - “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
Genesis - “Invisible Touch”
George Michael - “Faith”
Guns N‘ Roses - “Appetite for Destruction”
Heart - “Heart”
Jean Michel Jarre - “Rendez-Vous”
Michael Jackson - “Thriller”
Michael Jackson - “Bad”
Naked Eyes - “Burning Bridges”
New Kids on the Block - “Hangin’ Tough”
Peter Gabriel - “So”
Pet Shop Boys - “Actually”
Pink Project - “Domino”
The Police - “Synchronicity”
Prince - “Purple Rain”
Soft Cell - “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret”
Sting - “The Dream of the Blue Turtles”
Sting - “Nothing Like the Sun”
Tangerine Dream - “Green Desert”
Tangerine Dream - “Underwater Sunlight”
Tears for Fears - “The Hurting”
Tears for Fears - “Songs from the Big Chair”
The Thompson Twins - “Into the Gap”
U2 - “The Joshua Tree”
Vangelis - “Antarctica”
Van Halen - “1984”

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Matchstick
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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby Matchstick » April 23rd, 2019, 11:06 pm

Quite a few of mine have already been mentioned. Surfer Rosa, Thriller, Invisible Touch, Songs From the Big Chair, Purple Rain, and damn, someone even mentioned Thompson Twins' Into The Gap. With those out of the way...

B-52's - Wild Planet
Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel
Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again
Devo - New Traditionalists
Danny Elfman - So-Lo
Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw and The Cooked
INXS - Kick
Kraftwerk - Computer World
Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
Oingo Boingo - Good For Your Soul

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Re: Favorite '80s Albums

Postby newmodelarmy » April 24th, 2019, 9:13 pm

The 80's! Now we are talking. Probably the greatest decade of all time! Of course I grew up in that decade so I am sure nostalgia has something to do about that opinion.

Anyway....80's albums...here you go:

Big Country: The Crossing (Greatest Album Ever!)
Big Country: Steeltown
Big Country: The Seer
Men at work: Business as Usual
Men at work: Cargo
The Outfield: Playdeep
Iron Maiden: Number of the beast
Ozzy: Ultimate Sin
Colin Hay: Looking for Jack
New Model Army: Thunder & Consolation (probably the greatest album YOU never heard of)
New Model Army: The Ghost of Cain
Billy Idol: Whiplash Smile
Van Halen: 1984
Def Leppard: Hysteria
ZZ Top: Eliminator
Huey Lewis & The News: Sports

And many more! Seriously, if you are a music fan and have never given them a shot, check out some music from Big Country and New Model Army. Cheers!


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