Monday, November 4, 2013

The best of the 1980s, or not really

So, there's this website, and they have a list of the top 100 albums of each year in the 1980s.

I'm not going to say "alternative" because the word has become so perverted since then. But they do have Closer as the top album of 1980, and Faith as #1 for 1981.

However, they miss Scientists' This Heart Doesn't Run on Blood, This Heart Doesn't Run on Love; they miss Laughing Hyenas Come Down to the Merry-Go-Round; they even miss Swans' Raping a Slave EP.

So I guess it's more of a "top 100 pop albums that bordered on alternative-ish".

Go check through their list and you'll probably remember a few bands you've forgotten.

Slicing Up Eyeballs - Best of the 80s


  1. The 1981 list as plenty of music that (today's diplo day ) hasn't aged well. But Talking Heads Remain in Light is still top stuff, also good to see The Jam Sound Affects. And down there at #97 Motorhead Ace of Spades.

    On to 82

  2. 1981 pure shyte top ten, frankly. Goods come later:

    15. Soft Cell, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
    22. Black Flag, Damaged
    71. Bow Wow Wow, See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy (but only for the album cover, well famed)

  3. 1982
    4. The Clash, Combat Rock
    6. Yazoo, Upstairs at Eric’s (which we played to death at parties)
    9. ABC, The Lexicon of Love (ditto)
    24. Joe Jackson, Night and Day
    65. Gang of Four, Songs of the Free

    1. I kinda thought Combat Rock was when the Clash started to suck. I saw them doing it on tour if my memory is intact. In those days I did a lot of substances, it's all a haze.

    2. Wait, Ghost In The Machine is 7 but Pretenders II is 27? WTF. Message of Love by itself is better than anything the Police ever did, and I saw both those bands more than once. Jesus. Reading any more of this is going to take me into a time warp I won't be able to escape from.

  4. 1984
    9. Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues
    41. Billy Bragg, Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy (fuck me i'd forgotten about this album...wonder how it sounds now?)

    (plenty of crappo on that year's list tho)

    1. Talking with the Taxman about Poetry is Billy Bragg's best work, imho.

  5. 1985
    2. The Smiths, Meat is Murder (obligatory listening)
    7. The Cult, Love (it probably sounds shyte now, but i liked it then)
    9. Kate Bush, Hounds of Love (if only for Cloudbusting, one of the best tunes ever)
    15. The Pogues, Rum Sodomy & The Lash
    18. Talking Heads, Little Creatures
    28. Fine Young Cannibals, Fine Young Cannibals
    79. Half Man Half Biscuit, Back in the DHSS

    A good year.

    1. I bought Little Creatures expecting something and was disappointed.

      I pretty much went off on a major Meat Puppets kick in the 80's and didn't need much else, though I kept listening.

  6. 1986
    6. Peter Gabriel, So (i listened to this very mucho)
    56. Iggy Pop, Blah Blah Blah
    91. That Petrol Emotion, Manic Pop Thrill (wow forgot about these too)

  7. 1987
    1. The Cure, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (aha! the first #1 i agree with)
    3. The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come (again, obligatory)
    55. Faith No More, Introduce Yourself

    U2 Joshua Tree would have made it, except for the fact i listened to it all the way thru about 3 or 4 months ago and it hadn't aged well at all.

  8. 1988
    2. R.E.M., Green (just for Orange Crush)
    29. Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman
    43. Talking Heads, Naked (i like them, ok? And Blind's a strong opener)

  9. 1989
    Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Mother's Milk' Adore it still
    Faith No More, 'The Real Thing'
    Nenah Cherry, 'Raw Like Sushi' (yeah, seriously. Saw her live and she rocked)

    But i betcha paul's boutique gets #1 spot. Never liked it much.

  10. Can't say I like your taste in music. :-)

    I'm pissed they didn't have Renaldo and the Loaf's "Songs for Swinging Larvae", or Crash Course in Science.

    1. I knew you'd say something catty like that, after all that effort too. I mean, the least you can do is pick one album from their lists per year.

    2. Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography, Psychocandy, Daydream Nation, Sister LP, The Smiths, Violent Femmes, and boy a lot of the rest of those lists was utter crap.