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The '80s List: Part 8

Posted by Amoebite, August 29, 2011 02:32pm | Post a Comment
OnJoan Jette 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.


Kristen Frederick
The Dream SyndicateThe Days Of Wine & Roses (1982)
The Clash London Calling (1980)
The SmithsThe Smiths (1983)
Roxy Music Avalon (1980)
Ultravox – Vienna (1980)
The WaterboysA Pagan Place (1984)
Echo & BunnymenPorcupine (1983)
The Psychedelic FursTalk Talk Talk (1981)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)
OMD – Architecture & Morality (1981)

The Clash       Roxy Music        Echo & The Bunnymen        OMD       New Order


Jason Pearl

Modern English Mesh & Lace (1981)
Second Layer World Of Rubber (1981)
Public Image Ltd.The Flowers Of Romance (1981)
AssociatesFourth Drawer Down (1981)
Section 25 - Always Now (1981)
D.A.F. – Alles Ist Gut (1981)
PhewPhew (1981)
The SoundFrom The Lions Mouth (1981)
GrauzoneGrauzone (1981)
Mass – Labour Of Love (1981)

Associates       Public Image Ltd.       Mass       Grauzone        Modern English


David Blade
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
The ClashSandinista (1980)
MegadethKilling Is My Business...(1985)
The Gun ClubLas Vegas Story (1984)
AC/DCFlick Of The Switch (1983)
Tom PettyFull Moon Fever (1989)
Nina HagenNunsexmonkrock (1982)
Pop Will Eat Itself This Is The Day… (1989)
Love And RocketsExpress (1986)
The Red Hot Chili PeppersFreaky Styley (1985)

Nina Hagen       The Red Hot Chili Peppers     Tom Petty         Megadeth        Love And Rockets


Jada Wagensomer

The Residents – The King & Eye (1989)
Lindsey Buckingham – Law & Order (1981)
Paul McCartneyMcCartney II (1980)
PixiesSurfer Rosa (1988)
Neil Young Trans (1982)
R. Stevie Moore – Teenage Spectacular (1987)
Yoko OnoSeason Of Glass (1981)
The Dead Milkmen – Beelzebubba (1988)
Taco – After Eight (1983)
Harry Nilsson – Flash Harry (1980)

Taco        The Residents        Yoko Ono       The Dead Milkmen       Harry Nilsson


Toni Smith
Go Go’sBeauty & The Beat (1981)
BlondieAutoamerican (1980)
Fuzzbox – We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It (1986)
Joan JettGlorious Results Of A Misspent Youth (1984)
Marc AlmondStars We Are (1988)
Siouxsie & The BansheesJu Ju (1981)
Strawberry Switchblade – Strawberry Switchblade (1985)
Kim Wilde Kim Wilde (1981)
Bananarama – Deep Sea Skiving (1983)
Yaz – Upstairs At Eric’s (1982)

Yaz      Joan Jett       Siouxsie & The Banshees       Go-Go's        Bananarama


Robert Blackburn
Judas Priest – Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
Queensryche – Rage For Order (1986)
Metallica – Ride The White Lightning (1984)
Fates Warning – Awaken The Guardian (1986)
Crimson GloryTranscendence (1988)
King’s X Out Of The Silent Planet (1988)
Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (1980)
Iron MaidenPiece Of Mind (1983)
HittmanHittman (1988)
JourneyEscape (1981)

Black Sabbath       Queensryche      Metallica        Iron Maiden        Journey


Maryann Baker
Nirvana Bleach (1989)
Violent FemmesViolent Femmes (1982)
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)
The Cure - Disintegration (1989)
Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (1989)
R.E.M. – Document (1989)
10.000 ManiacsIn My Tribe (1987)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1980)

10,000 Maniacs       Violent Femmes       The Cure       R.E.M.       Siouxsie & The Banshees


Lauren Holm
SqueezeEastside Story (1981)
The Gun Club – The Fire Of Love (1981)
The CrampsSongs The Lord Taught Us (1980)
Sonic YouthEvol (1986)
Adam & The Ants Kings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1980)
Bauhaus In The Flat Field (1980)
The AdolescentsThe Adolescents (1981)
The Jesus And Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
The ClashCombat Rock (1982)

The Cramps       Sonic Youth       Squeeze       Bauhaus       The Jesus And Mary Chain


Jim Evens
My Bloody ValentineIsn’t Anything (1988)
Spacemen 3 Playing With Fire (1988)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
RushPermanent Waves (1980)
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
U2 Unforgettable Fire (1984)
The SmithsMeat Is Murder (1984)
Billy Idol Rebel Yell (1983)
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (1989)
Cactus World NewsUrban Beaches (1986)

The Police         Billy Idol       My Bloody Valentine      Rush        Duran Duran


Dave Watkins
The MilkshakesAfter School Session (1983)
The Chesterfield KingsHere Are The Chesterfield Kings (1983)
The MorlocksEmerge (1985)
The Gravedigger V All Black & Hairy (1984)
The Event This Is The Event (1989)
The BlastersThe Blasters (1981)
The PrisonersTheWiserMiserDemelza (1983)
The PandorasIt’s About Time (1984)
The Rain ParadeEmergency Third Rail Power Trip (1983)
The Dream SyndicateThe Days Of Wine & Roses (1982)

The Blasters       The Prisoners       The Chesterfield Kings        The Dream Syndicate       The Pandoras


Next up is Part 9 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 7.

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