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The 80s List: Part 3

Posted by Amoebite, August 17, 2011 04:31pm | Post a Comment
Black FlagOne 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 all entries in our ‘80s list series

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


Alyssa Siegel
The ReplacementsTim (1985)
X –  More Fun In The New World (1983)
R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)
The FeeliesThe Good Earth (1985)
Rockpile - Seconds Of Pleasure (1980)
Nick HaeffnerThe Great Indoors (1987)
Chris StameyIt’s Alright (1987)
The Gun ClubFire Of Love (1981)
Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersHard Promises (1981)

Pixies      REM       The Feelies     Rockpile      Replacements


Brian Goulbourn
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsFrom Her To Eternity (1988)
R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction (1985)
This Mortal CoilIt’ll End In Tears (1987)
Talk TalkSpirit Of Eden (1988)
CrassPenis Envy (1981)
Kate BushHounds Of Love (1985)
Tom PettyFull Moon Fever (1989)
U2 Rattle & Hum (1988)
New OrderMovement (1981)

Joy Division       Crass        Nick Cave       REM        This Mortal Coil


Dia Becker
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (1988)
Spacemen 3The Perfect Prescription (1987)
Echo & The Bunnymen Ocean Rain (1984)
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (1986)
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
The CureDisintegration (1986)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
My Bloody ValentineEcstasy, Wine & Roses (1986)

The Cure     The Smiths      Jesus and Mary Chain      Echo and the Bunnymen       Sonic youth


Jesse Robledo

Gary NumanTelekon (1980)
Soft CellNon Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
Adam & The AntsKings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)
The Go-Go’sBeauty & The Beat (1981)
DevoFreedom of Choice (1980)
Dead or AliveYouthquake (1985)
Duran DuranDuran Duran (1981)
A Flock Of SeagullsA Flock Of Seagulls (1982)
Bow Wow WowSee Jungle! See Jungle! (1981)
The Human LeagueDare (1981)

Duran Duran      The Go-Go's      Devo      Bow Wow Wow      Gary Numan


Rachael M.
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (1984)
Depeche Mode –  Some Great Reward (1984)
Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (1989)
Pink Floyd –  A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)
Madonna – Madonna (1983)
R.E.M. –  Reckoning (1984)
The Bangles – Different Light (1986)
Guns N’ Roses –  Appetite For Destruction (1987)
The Replacements – Tim (1985)
Hall & OatesH20 (1982)

Nine Inch Nails        REM       Cyndi Lauper       Guns n Roses       Replacements


Jonah Rust
Television PersonalitiesThe Painted Word (1984)
Kate BushThe Dreaming (1980)
Kraftwerk – Computer World (1980)
The Legendary Pink DotsBrighter Now (1982)
Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (1983)
The Raincoats Odyshape (1981)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)
Psychic TV – Force The Hand Of Chance (1982)
Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
This HeatDeceit (1981)

Sonic Youth       Legendary Pink Dots        Cocteau Twins        New Order       Psychic TV


David Gomez
Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime (1984)
Black FlagSlip It In (1984)
X – Los Angeles (1980)
Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (1980)
Husker DuZen Arcade (1984)
Bad BrainsRock For Light (1983)
Meat PuppetsMeat Puppets II (1983)
Los Lobos – …And A Time To Dance (1984)
The Dream SyndicateThe Days Of Wine & Roses (1982)
The Rain ParadeEmergency 3rd Rail Power Trip (1983)

Minutement        Bad Brains        Black Flag        Meat Puppets       Los Lobos


Yutaro
The House Of LoveThe House Of Love (1988)
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
The CureDistengration (1989)
Depeche ModeMusic For The Masses (1987)
Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain (1984)
Soft Cell – Non Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
Galaxie 500 – Today (1988)
OMD – Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark (1980)
BauhausIn The Flat Field (1980)
Cabaret VoltaireThe Crackdown (1982)

The Cure        Echo and the Bunnymen       Bauhaus       Stone Roses       Cabaret Voltaire


Larry Schemel
Sonic YouthEvol (1986)
Husker DuFlip Your Wig (1985)
Motorhead – No Sleep Til’ Hammersmith (1981)
PlasmaticsNew Hope For The Wretched (1980)
Galaxie 500On Fire (1989)
The Dream SyndicateThe Days Of Wine & Roses (1982)
Redd KrossBorn Innocent (1982)
Metallica – Ride The Lightning (1984)
Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me (1987)
Screaming TreesEven If And Especially When (1987)

Motorhead       Husker Du        Plasmatics      Metallica      Redd Kross


Edythe Smith
Crime & The City SolutionRoom Of Lights (1986)
Duran DuranNotorious (1986)
Dead KennedysFresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables(1980)
Daniel JohnstonYip/Jump Music (1983)
The Deep Freeze MiceGates Of Lunch (1982)
Throbbing Gristle20 Jazz Funk Greats (1983)
BauhausPress The Eject & Give Me The Tape (1982)
Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsYour Funeral…My Trial (1986)
The PassionsThirty Thousand Feet Over China (1981)
The StranglersFeline (1982)

Crime and the City Solution       Dead Kennedys        Throbbing Gristle        Duran Duran       Daniel Johnston


Next up is Part 4 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 2.

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