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The 80s List: Part 6

Posted by Amoebite, August 24, 2011 07:41am | Post a Comment
Kate BushOne 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.


Melody Hirose
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (1981)
Adam AntFriend Or Foe (1982)
GrauzoneGrauzone (1981)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
Judy NylonPal Judy (1982)
Psychic TVPagan Day (1984)
Tones On TailPop (1984)
Fad GadgetFireside Favourites (1980)
ESG – Come Away With ESG (1983)

Klaus Nomi        The Clash       Depeche Mode        Adam Ant       Tones On Tail


Aaron Detroit
Christian Death Only Theater Of Pain (1982)
Bauhaus In The Flat Field (1980)
CoilHorse Rotovator (1986)
Siouxsie & The BansheesJu Ju (1981)
Sonic Youth Sister (1987)
Psychic TVDreams Less Sweet (1983)
Kate BushThe Dreaming (1982)
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
David BowieScary Monsters (1980)
The CurePornography (1982)

David Bowie      Joy Division        Bauhaus        Kate Bush        Christian Death


Lisa Loomis
The English BeatSpecial Beat Service (1982)
Go-Go’sBeauty & The Beat (1981)
Stevie NicksBella Donna (1981)
Husker Du Zen Arcade (1984)
The ReplacementsTim (1985)
R.E.M.Murmur (1983)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
Pat BenatarCrimes Of Passion (1980)
Roxy Music Avalon (1982)
Echo & The Bunnymen –  Porcupine(1983)

Pat Benatar       Husker Du       The English Beat       Roxy Music        Stevie Nicks


Chris Hathwell
The Jesus And Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
Sonic Youth Evol (1986)
The Clash London Calling (1980)
Christian DeathOnly Theatre Of Pain (1982)
The HeatsThe Heats (1980)
BauhausIn The Flat Field (1980)
This HeatDeceit (1981)
Gary NumanTelekon (1980)
Echo & The BunnymenOcean Rain (1984)
Black FlagDamaged (1981)

Gary Numan        The Jesus and Mary Chain       Black Flag       Echo & The Bunnymen       The Clash


Amy Pennington

AvengersAvengers (1983)
BauhausMask (1981)
The CrampsSongs The Lord Taught Us (1980)
The HangmenThe Hangmen (1989)
Joan JettBad Reputation (1981)
RamonesPleasant Dreams (1981)
The Sisters of Mercy First & Last & Always (1985)
Social DistortionMommy’s Little Monster (1983)
Stiv BatorsDisconnected (1980)

The Cramps       Bauhaus         Ramones       Avengers       Stiv Bators


Brad Schelden

Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (1983)
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (1986)
New OrderLow Life (1985)
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1980)
Dead Can Dance Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun (1987)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
Depeche ModeMusic For The Masses (1987)
Clan Of Xymox Clan Of Xymox (1985)
The PixiesDoolittle (1989)
Duran DuranRio (1982)

Dead Can Dance       Clan Of Xymox       The Queen is Dead        Cocteau Twins        Siouxsie & The Banshees


Jose Cota
D.A.F.Gold Und Liebe (1981)
Cabaret Voltaire Voice Of America (1980)
Sonic Youth Evol (1986)
Bad BrainsBad Brains (1982)
The Gun ClubMiami (1982)
Slayer Reign In Blood (1986)
KraftwerkComputer World (1981)
My Bloody Valentine Isn’t Anything (1988)
AdolescentsAdolescents (1981)
The CrampsPsychedelic Jungle (1981)

Bad Brains       The Cramps        Adolescents        Slayer       My Bloody Valentine


Courtney Frystak
MotorheadAce Of Spades (1980)
Thin LizzyChinatown (1980)
Dio Holy Diver (1983)
Diamond HeadBorrowed Time (1982)
Aerosmith Rock In A Hard Place (1982)
Judas PriestBritish Steel (1980)
Mercyful FateMelissa (1983)
Black SabbathMob Rules (1981)
VenomBlack Metal (1982)
QueenThe Game (1980)

Mercyful Fate       Aerosmith        Motorhead       Queen       Holy Diver


Cliff Dealist
The Gun ClubFire Of Love (1981)
Johnny ThundersHurt Me (1984)
Rolling StonesTattoo You (1981)
Christian DeathCatastrophe Ballet (1984)
The Salvation Army The Salvation Army (1980)
Redd KrossBorn Innocent (1981)
Pretenders –  Pretenders (1980)
Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
The RamonesEnd Of The Century (1980)
The JacobitesThe Jacobites (1984)
 
Guns N' Roses        Pretenders        Rolling Stones      Redd Kross       Ramones


Anel Barrera
MinistryWith Sympathy (1983)
Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (1989)
Depeche ModeSpeak & Spell (1980)
The CureBoys Don’t Cry (1980)
Siouxsie & The BansheesJu Ju (1981)
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (1986)
Motley CrueToo Fast For Love (1981)
Go-Go’sBeauty & The Beat (1981)
Cyndi LauperShe’s So Unusual (1983)
MadonnaMadonna (1983)

Depeche Mode        Cyndi Lauper       Nine Inch Nails       Madonna       The Cure


Next up is Part 7 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 5.

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