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The '80s List: Part 10

Posted by Amoebite, September 2, 2011 12:46pm | Post a Comment
Wipers One 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.


Heather Long

Pixies Doolittle (1989)
Husker DuZen Arcade (1984)
Judas PriestBritish Steel (1980)
X – Los Angeles (1980)
PretendersPretenders (1980)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
Iron MaidenThe Number Of The Beast (1982)
Adam And The AntsKings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)

Iron Maiden        Adam And The Ants        Pretenders       Judas Priest       Husker Du


Sean Evans
The Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight (1980)
Crass – Penis Envy (1981)
The Cramps – Songs The Lord Taught Us (1980)
Dinosaur Jr. – You're Living All Over Me (1987)
The Replacements – Let It Be (1984)
Galaxie 500 – On Fire (1989)
The Gun Club – Fire of Love (1981)
X – Los Angeles (1980)
The Fall – The Frenz Experiment (1988)
New Order – Low-Life (1985)

X      The Replacements     The Soft Boys      The Cramps      The Fall


Jon Liu

Bad BrainsI Against I (1986)
Saccharine Trust Surviving You, Always (1984)
Husker DuZen Arcade (1984)
MinutemenDouble Nickeles On The Dime (1984)
Meat PuppetsMeat Puppets II (1983)
Black FlagMy War (1984)
Sonic YouthEvol (1986)
Dinosaur Jr. – Bug (1988)
Saint VitusSaint Vitus (1984)
OpalHappy Nightmare Baby (1987)

Black Flag       Saint Vitus       Bad Brains        Meat Puppets        Minutemen


Zack Bouvion
Black Flag – Damaged (1981)
This HeatDeceit (1981)
Dinosaur Jr.You’re Living All Over Me (1987)
FlipperGeneric (1982)
Saccharine TrustPagan Icons (1981)
MudhoneySuperfuzz Bigmuff (1988)
Mission Of BurmaSignals Calls & Marches (1981)
Einstuerzende NeubautenKollaps (1981)
Sonic YouthSister (1987)
Redd KrossBorn Innocent (1982)

Mission of Burma       Mudhoney       Redd Kross        Flipper        Sonic Youth


Pia Alvendia
The Go-Betweens16 Lovers Lane (1988)
Crass – Penis Envy (1981)
The WakeHarmony (1982)
The FallThis Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
BauhausMask (1981)
KraftwerkComputer World (1981)
Zounds – Curse Of The Zounds (1981)
Modern EnglishMesh & Lace (1981)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
QueenThe Game (1980)

Zounds       Queen       Bauhaus        The Wake        The Go-Betweens


Kevin Fitzgerald
Code BlueCode Blue (1981)
Iron MaidenKillers (1981)
MisfitsWalk Among Us (1982)
Adam & The AntsKings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (1986)
The ReplacementsLet It Be (1983)
XTCEnglish Settlement (1982)
SqueezeArgybargy (1980)
Motley CrueToo Fast For Love (1981)
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (1988)

Motley Crue        The Smiths       Misfits       Squeeze       The Stone Roses


Thom Petrizzo
Beat HappeningBlack Candy (1989)
The Cure – Faith (1981)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
My Bloody ValentineIsn’t Anything (1988)
Sonic YouthSister (1987)
Dinosaur Jr.You’re Living All Over Me (1987)
R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984)
Galaxie 500Today (1989)
Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain (1984)
The Go-BetweensBefore Hollywood (1983)

R.E.M.       Beat Happening       Dinosaur Jr,        Echo & The Bunnymen        The Jesus And Mary Chain


Marcus Kagler
New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
The SmithsThe Smiths (1984)
R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)
Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)
Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (1983)
My Bloody ValentineIsn’t Anything (1988)
INXSKick (1987)

Cocteau Twins       Guns N' Roses       INXS        New Order        Pixies


Renondo Hahn
FishboneTruth & Sou l  (1988)
U2 - Boy (1980)
Talking Heads - Remain In Light (1980)
MetallicaKill ‘Em All (1983)
Stevie Ray VaughnCouldn’t Stand The Weather (1984)
The Red Hot Chili PeppersFreaky Styley (1985)
24-7 SpyzHarder Than You (1988)
The English Beat I Just Can’t Stop It (1980)
The Selecter Too Much Pressure (1980)
Jane’s AddictionNothing’s Shocking (1988)

Talking Heads       The Red Hot Chili Peppers       Jane's Addiction        Metallica        Fishbone


Scott Hurst

DevoNew Traditionalists (1981)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
ShoesTongue Twister (1981)
The WipersOver The Edge (1983)
The Cars – Panorama (1980)
The CurePornography (1982)
KraftwerkComputer World (1981)
RamonesEnd Of The Century (1980)
Gary Numan – Telekon (1980)
The Only Ones – Baby’s Got a Gun (1980)

Wipers        The Only Ones       The Cars        Shoes       Devo


Next up is Part 11 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 9.

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