80's albums that hold up on any level

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Dale Sams, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Ferguson, MO, USA
    I think "Sowing The Seeds of Love," by Tears For Fears holds up very well. It may have had the benefit of being released on the tail end of the '80s, but it sounds like something that could have just been released today, IMO.

    I also think the early U2 albums kind of defy the '80s too.
  2. gblews

    gblews Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 13, 2004
    So. Cal.
    That snapping sound on the 1 and 3 beats where you used to get the sound of a snare drum and lots of echo, two 80's musical characteristics -- also, schmaltzy over dramatized lyrics. When I hear the aforementioned on a recording I immediately think, uh oh, the 80's. I may actually like the song, but to say it "holds up" when it sounds so dated seems like a contradiction to me.
    I would agree. There are others too but I'm too lazy to give it enough thought to come up with some names. Not all great 80's music had the 80's cliches.
  3. 1001001

    1001001 I Like the Beats and the Shouting Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
    REM had some great stuff in the 80's.

    Document and Green are two I still listen to today.
  4. Orac Zen

    Orac Zen Mischief Manager Super Moderator

    Mar 14, 2000

    Agreed again.

    I'm okay with all three, but to each their own. :D
  5. 1001001

    1001001 I Like the Beats and the Shouting Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
    I just thought Brothers in Arms was too mainstream, too "poppy". It relied a lot on synths, and didn't really have any killer Knopfler trademarks. The best guitarist in the world basically sat on his hands for that record.

    So it's not that it didn't "hold up" in my opinion: I didn't think it wasn't all that good to begin with.

    So Far Away is okay, and Money for Nothing and Walk of Life were definitely clever and catchy, but compare those songs to Romeo and Juliet, or Telegraph Road, or Skateaway, or Tunnel of Love....

    JMHO, of course..

  6. M'Sharak

    M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

    Aug 22, 2002
    Terra Inlandia, Kelvin timeline
    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
  7. Pingfah

    Pingfah Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 28, 2005

    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.
  8. Triskelion

    Triskelion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    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.
  9. 1001001

    1001001 I Like the Beats and the Shouting Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
    This thread has brought back some great memories.

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

  10. Pingfah

    Pingfah Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 28, 2005
    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.
  11. The Mirrorball Man

    The Mirrorball Man Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 18, 1999
    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
  12. 1001001

    1001001 I Like the Beats and the Shouting Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    People's Gaypublic of Drugafornia
    A thousand times, yes.

    One of the Ten Best Albums of All-Time.

    It still gets regular play here.

  13. Roshi

    Roshi Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2004
    Dans ton cul, cherche bien...
    Back In Black.

    I dare you, I double dare you, motherfuckers!
  14. lurok

    lurok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 15, 2011
    Lost in the EU expanse with a nice cup of tea
    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.
    Yup. One batshit-crazy album but pure genius :)
    Great 30th anniversary overview of the album here
  15. Dale Sams

    Dale Sams Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 29, 2012
    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.
  16. Avon

    Avon Commodore Commodore

    May 7, 2010
    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'
  17. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Flying Spaghetti Monster Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 18, 2006
    Flying Spaghetti Western
    I disagree. The production is awesome. The record sounds brand new.
  18. Australis

    Australis Writer Admiral

    Mar 12, 2005
    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.
  19. Gov Kodos

    Gov Kodos Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    Warren Zevon's 'Sentimental Hygiene' has been a sanity saving album through the years, a fine album.
  20. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 14, 2004
    In your head, doing stuff...
    A Secret Wish - Propaganda