7 of the most 'Essential" albums of the 80's
Imagine that you could only have 7 albums from the 80's...what would they be?¬† What types of music would be represented in your limited but "Essential" collection?¬† Tonight on "The List" I made my choice for those 7 albums;
Murmur-R.E.M.-When I first heard Radio Free Europe in 1983 It was hard to understand what the heck Michael Stipe was singing.¬† The sound of the band absolutely captivated me and I looked forward to each subsequent release with anticipation of an evolving, socially relevant, and little did I know at the time...Hall of Fame Band.¬† The Murmur became a big noise!
Born in the USA-Bruce had gone main stream and produced an album that ruled the airwaves for over 2 years with 7 top 40 hits.¬† He may have stoked the star-making machinery a bit more with the new ripped physique and the "Hollywood" videos...but The Boss did not loose his heart for working-class Americans.¬†
Graceland-Paul Simon-A singer songwriter for the ages.¬† Paul's thoughtful lyrics and love of world music made this album a must have for those who like to sit, and take in a quiet musical expression.¬† Graceland won the Grammy for Album of Year...Academy voters can't be wrong can they?¬† Forget Milli Vanilli...
The Joshua Tree-U2-With their 1987 album U2 cemented themselves as superstars.¬† The album was very radio friendly but by no means pop in anyway.¬† With it, the band staked claim to their eventual legacy.¬† The most important band of the last 30 years.
Pyromania-Def Leppard-If you have to have some Pop Metal (and you do) on your list of essential 80's albums...It has to be Def Leppard.¬† Great Hooks, Power Chords and crisp vocals.¬† Foolin, Rock of Ages and Photograph are all highly crankable...and they followed up this excellence with Hysteria.¬† It was a tough choice.
So-Peter Gabriel-Nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy, the album lost to Graceland, Peter Gabriel's "So" was another adventure in world music.¬† Full on Motown tinged lust pounded Sledgehammer.¬† In Your Eyes is one of the 80's most intelligent love songs.¬† So why not add So to your list of "Essential 80's Albums?
Combat Rock-The Clash-Just as they truly broke through to the American mainstream with songs like "Should I Stay, or Should I Go and "Rock the Casbah" The Clash were falling apart in 1982.¬† Joe Strummer sacked Mick Jones and fired Topper for heroin addiction.¬† It was basically all over.¬† So I look at this album as the realization of what was always there...and a sad statement to the difficulties of keeping a great band together.¬† Too many egos and too much temptation.
So that's it...your thoughts are welcome...and thanks for listening.