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The '80s List: Part 11

Posted by Amoebite, September 5, 2011 11:35am | Post a Comment
Hanoi RocksOne 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

See all entries in our ‘80s list series.

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


Daniel Tures

Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
The Durutti ColumnLC (1981)
Prefab SproutSteve McQueen (1985)
Van Halen1984 (1984)
Love TractorThemes From Venus (1989)
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (1985)
The OutfieldPlay Deep (1985)
The Legendary Pink DotsBasilisk (1983)
The JudysWarsharma (1981)
Def LeppardPyromania (1983)

The Legendary Pink Dots       Tears for Fears        The Durutti Column       Def Leppard        Van Halen


Morgan Young
SparksAngst In My Pants (1982)
Love And RocketsExpress (1987)
Iron MaidenThe Number Of The Beast (1982)
Hanoi RocksBack To Mystery City (1983)
JapanGentlemen Take Poloroids (1980)
The Psychedelic Furs - Forever Now (1982)
David BowieScary Monsters (1980)
Pretenders
Pretenders (1980)
Utopia – Utopia (1982)
The JamThe Gift (1982)

Japan       The Psychedelic Furs        Love and Rockets       Utopia        Hanoi Rocks


Kim Pryor

Lydia Lunch13.13 (1982)
Sonic YouthEvol (1986)
BauhausThe Sky’s Gone Out (1982)
MadonnaMadonna (1983)
David BowieScary Monsters (1980)
X – Under The Big Black Sun (1982)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds The FirstBorn Is Dead (1985)
Siouxsie & The BansheesJuJu (1981)
Cocteau TwinsVictorland (1986)

X       Cocteua Twins       Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds       Sonic Youth        Siouxsie & The Banshees


Phil Blankenship
Einsturzende NeubatenHaus Der Luege (1989)
Skinny PuppyVivisectvi (1988)
BlondieAutoamerican (1980)
Maurizio BianchiSymphony For Genocide (1981)
IncapacitantsRepo (1989)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
Throbbing Gristle20 Jazz Funk Greats (1983)
Klinik Face To Face Fever (1989)
Go-Go’sVacation (1982)

Maurizio Bianchi        Go-Go's        Depeche Mode       Skinny Puppy       Blondie


Chris Garcia

Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth (1980)
7 Seconds – The Crew (1984)
Minutemen – Double Nickeles On The Dime (1984)
The Chameleons – Script Of The Bridge (1983)
Meat Puppets – Up On The Sun (1985)
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (1985)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity (1984)
Big Black – Atomizer (1986)
New Order – Technique (1989)
Nirvana – Bleach (1989)

Meat Puppets       The Chameleons       Young Marble Giants        Tom Waits        New Order


Gustavo Mena
Public Image Ltd. – Second Edition (1980)
Killing JokeKilling Joke (1980)
Crass – Penis Envy (1981)
Dead KennedysPlastic Surgery Disasters (1982)
MisfitsWalk Among Us (1982)
D.O.A. – Hardcore (1981)
Zounds – Curse Of The Zounds (1981)
The Mob – Let The Tribe Increase (1980)
Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast (1982)
Los VioladoresLos Violadores (1983)

Misfits       Killing Joke        D.O.A.        Dead Kennedys       Public Image Ltd.


Brian Rosser
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
MagazineThe Correct Use Of Soap (1980)
The Gun ClubFire Of Love (1981)
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1980)
Public Image Ltd.The Flowers Of Romance (1981)
The Cure – Faith (1981)
Felt Splendour Of Four (1984)
The Dream SyndicateThe Days Of Wine & Roses (1982)
The Durutti ColumnLC (1981)
The CrampsPsychedelic Jungle (1981)

Magazine       Joy Division        The Dream Syndicate        Kaleidoscope       The Cure


Kris Byerly
MisfitsWalk Among Us (1982)
Gorilla BiscuitsStart Today (1989)
The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
The SmithsThe Queen is Dead (1986)
Minor ThreatOut of Step (1984)
Rites Of Spring – Rites Of Spring (1985)
SlayerReign In Blood (1986)
Thin Lizzy Chinatown (1980)
Roky Erickson & The AliensThe Evil One (1981)

Thin Lizzy       The Clash        Rites of Spring        Slayer       The Smiths


Christy Greenwood
U2War (1983)
Van Halen – Van Halen (1984)
T.S.O.L. – Change Today? (1984)
Hall & Oates H2O (1982)
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986)
The CarsHeartbeat City (1984)
Def LeppardPyromania (1983)
QueensrycheOperation Mindcrime (1988)
Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (1985)

Van Halen        The Cars        Queensryche       Hall & Oates       TSOL


Chris Matthews
Dead KennedysPlastic Surgery Disasters (1982)
Slayer Reign In Blood (1986)
Pretenders –  Pretenders (1980)
Suicidal TendenciesSuicidal Tendencies (1983)
Van HalenFair Warning (1981)
Stiff Little FingersNobody’s Heroes (1980)
DevoFreedom Of Choice (1980)
Bad BrainsRock For Light (1983)
MotorheadAce of Spades (1980)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)

Motorhead        Devo       Suicidal Tendencies         Bad Brains      Stiff Little Fingers


Jamie Spidel
The Birthday PartyJunkyard (1982)
The CrampsPsychedelic Jungle (1981)
Public Image Ltd.Second Edition (1980)
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
SuicideThe 2nd album (1980)
Butthole SurfersRembrandt Pussy Horse (1986)
Black FlagDamaged (1981)
Mo-DettesStory So Far (1980)
Dead Can Dance The Serpent’s Egg (1988)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)

Mo-Dettes        Dead Can Dance        The Birthday Party       Black Flag       Butthole Surfers

Well that's it! Eleven parts later, we've reached the end of our '80s lists. See all entries in the '80s List Series. How'd we do?

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