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The 80s List: Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2011 04:09pm | Post a Comment
The CureOne day at Amoeba Hollywood I proclaimed that Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain was one of the best records of the '80s. This single statement eventually led to over 200 Amoebites ranking their top 10 favorite albums from the ‘80s. 

From the beginning we realized that it was impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all genres into a tiny top ten list. So, we limited our lists to Rock/Pop and its sub-genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave
Even so, it was a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time. 

The '80s were a long time ago and the music has had many years to gestate. We have a deep sense of nostalgia and sentiment with these albums as our fondest memories are associated with them. These are albums we LOVE.

-  Henry Polk

P.S. We'll be posting new additions to the '80s list project from Amoeba staff members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See Part One in the ‘80s list series

P.P.S. The '80s List Book is available for sale at Amoeba Hollywood.


Andrew Thompson
Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
X - Los Angeles (1980)
AC/DCBack In Black (1980)
Peter GabrielSo (1986)
Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (1989)
Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (1980)
Gun’s N RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)

The Cure       ACDC       Peter Gabriel        Nine Inch Nails        Guns n Roses


Dave Cunningham
U2 - October (1980)
Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
Joy Division – Closer (1980)
Echo & The BunnymenHeaven Up Here (1982)
XTCEnglish Settlement (1982)
The ChurchHeyday (1984)
The CurePornography (1982)
Killing JokeFire Dances (1983)
Siouxsie & The Banshees Kaleidoscope (1980)
R.E.M.Murmur (1983)

REM       Sonic Youth       Joy Division        The Church        The Cure


Vivian Robledo
The ChameleonsStrange Times (1986)
Killing JokeNight Time (1985)
FugaziSeven Songs (1988)
Faith No MoreThe Real Thing (1989)
The Cure - Pornography (1982)
Siouxsie & The BansheesTinderbox (1986)
Ozzy OsbourneBlizzard Of Ozz (1980)
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
Bad BrainsBad Brains (1982)
The Sisters Of MercyFloodland (1987)

Sisters of Mercy       Ozzy Osbourne       Faith No More        Killing Joke        Bad Brains


Raff Hall

Kraftwerk - Computerwelt (1980)
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll (1988)
Devo - Freedom Of Choice (1980)
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love (1985)
The Human LeagueDare (1981)
The SugarcubesLife’s Too Good (1988)
Captain BeefheartDoc At The Radar Station (1980)
The Dukes Of Stratosphere - Psonic Psunspot (1987)
The CureThe Head Of The Door (1985)
Echo & The BunnymenOcean Rain (1984)

Cocteau Twins       Devo       Sugarcubes        The Cure        Kate Bush


Matt Masocco
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
Orange JuiceYou Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (1982)
The JamSound Affects (1980)
R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (1986)
The Close LobstersFoxheads Stalk This Land (1987)
Television PersonalitiesThe Painted Word (1984)
The Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist (1985)

The Clash       Orange Juice        New Order        The Smiths       Dead Kennedys


Jessy Schwartz
PixiesSurfer Rosa (1988)
Tones On TailPop (1984)
George MichaelFaith (1987)
The CureSeventeen Seconds (1980)
Kate BushHounds Of Love (1985)
My Bloody ValentineIsn’t Anything (1988)
ESG - Come Away ESG (1983)
Violent FemmesViolent Femmes (1982)
Hanoi RocksBangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes (1981)
DevoFreedom Of Choice (1980)

Pixies        Devo       George Michael       Violent Femmes       My Bloody Valentine


Fred Sablan 
MisfitsWalk Among Us (1982)
Van Halen - 1984 (1984)
INXSKick (1987)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
Echo & The BunnymenCrocodiles (1980)
Black FlagDamaged (1981)
FearThe Record (1982)
Bad BrainsRock For Light (1983)
Jane’s AddictionNothing’s Shocking (1988)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)

Van Halen        The Cure        INXS       Black Flag       New Order


Charles Reece
Talking HeadsRemain In Light (1980)
Faith No MoreIntroduce Yourself (1987)
Motley CrueToo Fast For Love (1981)
Hanoi RocksBack To Mystery (1983)
Bruce SpringsteenNebraska (1982)
Tom WaitsFrank’s Wild Years (1987)
The TheInfected (1986)
The Lords Of The New ChurchThe Lords Of The New Church (1982)
Metallica - Ride The Lightning (1984)
Cyndi LauperShe’s So Unusual (1984)

Talking Heads        Hanoi Rocks        Metallica        Cyndi Lauper      Motley Crue


Roxanne Pettersen
Richard & Linda ThompsonShoot Out The Lights (1982)
Bruce SpringsteenBorn In The U.S.A. (1984)
AC/DC - Back In Black (1980)
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (1989)
King Crimson - Discipline (1981)
Cocteau TwinsTreasure (1981)
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
Kate BushHounds Of Love (1985)
The Cure - Disintegration (1989)
Talking Heads - Remain In Light (1980)

Kate Bush       The Cure        Joy Division        Bruce Springsteen       Richard and Linda Thompson


Annie Hanley
Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
Van Halen1984 (1984)
Motley CrueShout At The Devil(1983)
George Michael Faith (1987)
Cyndi LauperShe’s So Unusual (1983)
MetallicaRide The Lightning (1984)
Danzig Danzig (1988)
PoisonLook What The Cat Dragged In (1986)
Judas PriestBritish Steel (1980)
MadonnaMadonna (1983)

Guns n Roses      Van Halen        Danzig        Judas Priest        George Michael


Next up is Part 3 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 1. 

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