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The 80s List: Part 2

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2011 04:09pm | Post a Comment
The CureOne 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 Part One in the ‘80s list series

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


Andrew Thompson
Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
X - Los Angeles (1980)
AC/DCBack In Black (1980)
Peter GabrielSo (1986)
Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (1989)
Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (1980)
Gun’s N RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)

The 80s List: Part 1

Posted by Amoebite, August 11, 2011 06:57pm | Post a Comment
We're unashamedly big music nerds here at Amoeba Hollywood, and we love to talk and reminisce about our favorite records with each other. We also like to debate their historical relevance. Sometimes these conversations can get pretty impassioned, as it did on the fateful date I exclaimedAztec Camera Aztec Camera's 1983 release High Land, Hard Rain to be one of the best records of the '80s.

Oops...that statement was met with mild laughter and ridicule from two of my co-workers. I realized pretty quickly that it was a very tall claim considering the wealth of great music that emerged over the course of that decade. The truth is, I was forced into justifying that statement by making a top-ten list of my favorite '80s records. It was a daunting task that took a fair amount of soul searching, but it was a lot of fun. It was also very infectious, and over the next couple of days a dozen other people made their top ten lists, and within a few weeks the number grew to over 100 Amoebites.

The '80s were witness to many divergent and popular styles of music, and from the beginning we realized that it would be impossible for most of us to condense our favorites from all the genres we like into a tiny top ten list. There's just too much good stuff out there. So, we limited this list to Rock/Pop and its sub genres like punk, metal, goth, and new wave. Even so, it was still a difficult selection process because not only are there hundreds of amazing records to consider, there is also the added dynamic of time.

The Gourmet Music Carnival Grand Opening: 8/21!

Posted by Amoebite, August 3, 2011 03:59pm | Post a Comment

The Gourmet Music Carnival!

Make a beeline to the Gourmet Music Carnival as it makes its debut on Sunday, August 21st at the L.A. State Historic Park

Come early and stay late to enjoy nine indie bands, 200 crafters, and 25 food trucks!

Hours: 11am-7pm.
Tickets: $12 online/$16 at the door.
Free Parking.

Great kids area, beer garden, DJ David Anthony, and much more.

Proceeds benefit the Veteran Art Show

More info.


Amoeba-Gaga

Posted by Amoebite, July 29, 2011 03:52pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba-Gaga!

Hundreds of people lined up early as early as 4am Thursday near Hollywood & Highland in the hopes of getting just a glimpse of Lady Gaga. The Amoeba Army was there too, having a blast and giving out goodies in the proce
ss!

The pop diva, along with her two guitarists and several dancers, performed live on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Show and gave the thousands that later turned out a show of shows. 


Gaga played five songs from her new release Born This Way.




Helicopters swarmed, lights flashed, police circled and fans went completely crazy for this once in a lifetime event right around the corner from Amoeba
Hollywood, and we were happy to be a tiny part of it!


          
            Here are just a few of the many photos we snapped last night. Enjoy!!




Shock & Awe (Banned Cover Art)

Posted by Amoebite, July 28, 2011 06:06pm | Post a Comment
I'm diggin' this list of Banned / Removed / Altered cover art. A subject that comes up every once in a while on the floors of Amoeba. (Totally in chronological order, 52 so far!) view the full list here!

via Matador Records /WFMU
Beautiful South Moby Grape

#41 - The Beautiful South - Miaow - 1994

Evidently The Beautiful South were threatened with a lawsuit by HMV for this cover for using "their dog".  The cover was replaced by a cover of 4 alsation dogs stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean.

#4 - Moby Grape - S/T - 1967

Columbia realizes too late that a certain middle finger is showing.  Efforts to airbrush out the finger don't quiet the controversy.

#6 - The Bob Seger System - Ramblin' Gamblin' Man - 1969

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