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Old March 14 2013, 10:39 PM   #46
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Re: 80's albums that hold up on any level

Just a few I think hold up nicely:

Remain in Light - Talking Heads
The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
Nothing to Fear - Oingo Boingo
Waiata (Aus Corroboree) - Split Enz
Crazy Backwards Alphabet
Shoot Out the Lights - Richard & Linda Thompson
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
The Completion Backward Principle - The Tubes
Discipline - King Crimson
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Old March 15 2013, 12:06 AM   #47
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Well, same for me. Which is why I put 'on any level'...meaning it doesn't sound dated (still subjective of course) and that you think it would appeal to a lot of people.

Fair enough then. I would say The Game by Queen. Not my favourite Queen album by any means, but represented something of a transition from their harder 70s sound to their 80s pop sound. Covers a lot of ground in terms of the styles of music, and Another One Bites the Dust for instance is so heavily ingrained into popular culture that it doesn't age at all.

I think all of their 80s albums hold up well to be honest, and obviously still have massive global appeal.
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Old March 15 2013, 12:50 PM   #48
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Re: 80's albums that hold up on any level

Lots and lots of good mentions in this thread.

I would add lots but right off the top of my head:

Infidels - Bob Dylan

And since Talking Heads, Iron Maiden and Thomas Dolby were mentioned, I'll add The Who's It's Hard.


Honorable mentions: The B-52's, The Ramones, The Kinks, Elvis Costello, Yes, Eurythmics and Weird Al Yankovic's In 3-D.

Oh, and the absolutely timeless Stevie Ray Vaughn: Texas Flood and Couldn't Stand the Weather.
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Old March 15 2013, 04:04 PM   #49
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This thread has brought back some great memories.

As an 80's guy, I appreciate all of it.

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Old March 15 2013, 04:13 PM   #50
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I was listening to Permanent Waves by Rush yesterday at a friends house, and I was thinking how well the music holds up. But the production... my god, it is absolutely appalling. To think they actually co-produced themselves, the mind boggles.

Geddy Lee may as well have been playing the bottom 4 strings of a guitar rather than a bass. The sound was that lacking.
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Old March 15 2013, 04:35 PM   #51
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Re: 80's albums that hold up on any level

Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full
Kraftwerk - Die Mensch-Maschine
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
Prince - Purple Rain, Sign o'the Times
The Cure - Disintegration
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
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Old March 15 2013, 05:00 PM   #52
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The Cure - Disintegration
A thousand times, yes.

One of the Ten Best Albums of All-Time.

It still gets regular play here.

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Old March 15 2013, 08:16 PM   #53
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Back In Black.

I dare you, I double dare you, motherfuckers!
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Old March 15 2013, 09:56 PM   #54
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Lots of great choices here and a few I should check out. Second anything by Kraftwerk, B-52s (esp. Whammy!) and PiL.

And The Dreaming: One of Björk's fave albums.
It was purportedly the closest her record label, EMI had come to returning an artist’s recording. Speaking in hindsight, Bush observed how this was her "she’s gone mad" album.
Yup. One batshit-crazy album but pure genius
Great 30th anniversary overview of the album here
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Old March 15 2013, 10:00 PM   #55
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Lots of great choices here and a few I should check out. Second anything by Kraftwerk, Public Enemy (esp FoABP), B-52s (esp. Whammy!) and PiL.

And The Dreaming: One of Björk's fave albums.
It was purportedly the closest her record label, EMI had come to returning an artist’s recording. Speaking in hindsight, Bush observed how this was her "she’s gone mad" album.
Yup. One batshit-crazy album but pure genius
Great 30th anniversary overview of the album here
I also have to give a shout-out to The Dreaming. At the time, I assumed it was a result of her working with Peter Gabriel on the 'melty-face album.'

I also thought Phil Collins was on it with all those gated drums.

Also, as for "Get Out of my House" being inspired by "The Shining", I felt it works better as a really effed up relationship, ...and by house I don't mean a physical house, but just the woman's entire existance.
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Old March 15 2013, 10:06 PM   #56
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to whoever said man-machine by kraftwerk its from the 70s. computerworld was their first 80s one.

now i like kraftwerk, their stuff was pretty revolutionary, but im not sure it holds up as 'good music'
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Old March 16 2013, 04:48 AM   #57
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I was listening to Permanent Waves by Rush yesterday at a friends house, and I was thinking how well the music holds up. But the production... my god, it is absolutely appalling. To think they actually co-produced themselves, the mind boggles.

Geddy Lee may as well have been playing the bottom 4 strings of a guitar rather than a bass. The sound was that lacking.
I disagree. The production is awesome. The record sounds brand new.
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Old March 16 2013, 07:58 AM   #58
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I'm appalled - appalled - no one's mentioned Deep Purple's comeback album, 'Perfect Strangers'.

While 'The Dreaming' is good, I rate 'Never For Ever' a little higher.

And Godley and Creme's 'L'.

Many others, these are just the first that came to mind.
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Old March 16 2013, 08:02 AM   #59
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Warren Zevon's 'Sentimental Hygiene' has been a sanity saving album through the years, a fine album.
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A Secret Wish - Propaganda
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