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 '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 that 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 the '80s list project.

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

Henry Polk

Echo & The BunnymenPorcupine (1983)
Aztec CameraHigh Land, Hard Rain (1983)
XTC – Black Sea (1981)
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1981)
The CarsPanorama (1980)
The SmithsMeat Is Murder (1984)
BauhausBurning From The Inside (1983)
Throwing Muses House Tornado (1988)
Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (1983)
The StranglersAural Sculpture (1984)


Matt Messberger

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (1980)
Adam & The AntsKings Of The Wild Frontier (1980)
Siouxsie & The BansheesJu Ju (1981)
Television PersonalitiesAnd Don’t The Kids Just Love It (1980)
Dexy’s Midnight RunnersSearching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980)
The FallThis Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
The PretendersPretenders II (1981)
The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
Violent FemmesViolent Femmes (1982)
Orange JuiceYou Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (1982)


Adrienne Pearson

Christian DeathOnly Theatre Of Pain (1982)
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1980)
Echo & The Bunnymen – Porcupine (1983)
Orchestral Movements In The DarkDazzle Ships (1983)
Bauhaus - In The Flat Field (1980)
Modern English Mesh & Lace (1981)
X Mal DeutschlandTocsin (1984)
MinistryThe Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste(1989)
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1988)


Kris Konrad
The FallThis Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
The Birthday PartyJunkyard (1982)
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (1985)
The Gun ClubMiami (1982)
The SmithsThe Smiths (1983)
Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
The Blue NileA Walk Across The Rooftops (1984)
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
Pixies Doolittle (1989)
Happy Mondays - Squirrel & G-man 24 hour Party …(1987)


Jackie Greed
Cocteau TwinsGarlands (1982)
Depeche ModeSome Great Reward (1984)
Duran Duran Seven & The Ragged Tiger (1983)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)
Love And RocketsSeventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (1985)
New Order Low Life (1985)
The SmithsMeat Is Murder (1985)
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (1989)
The CureThe Head On The Door (1985)


Irene Chavira
Berlin - Pleasure Victim (1982)
Depeche Mode Speak & Spell (1981)
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (1985)
The B-52’sWhammy! (1983)
Echo & The Bunnymen -  Porcupine (1982)
Duran Duran Duran Duran (1981)
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (are made of this)(1982)
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980)
Tears For FearsThe Hurting (1983)


Mahssa Taghinia
Morrissey - Viva Hate (1988)
Fad GadgetGag (1984)
NirvanaBleach (1989)
The CultLove (1985)
Opal - Happy Nightmare Baby (1987)
Slayer - South Of Heaven (1988)
The Sisters Of Mercy Floodland (1987)
Love And RocketsEarth, Sun, Moon (1987)
Spacemen 3Playing With Fire (1989)
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)


Jenn Pratt
Social DistortionMommy’s Little Monster (1983)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)
Black FlagDamaged (1981)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
The DescendentsI Don’t Want To Grow Up (1985)
Go-GosBeauty & The Beat (1981)
Bad BrainsBad Brains (1982)
Dead KennedysFresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (1980)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (1986)


Scott Spaulding
Van Halen -
1984 (1984)
Black Flag - Damaged (1981)
Kraftwerk - Computer World (1981)
SlayerSouth Of Heaven (1988)
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
Bad BrainsBad Brains (1982)
MetallicaRide The Lightning (1984)
Butthole SurfersPsychic…Powerless…Another Man’s Sack (1985)
Big Black - Songs About Fucking (1987)


Gabby Almanza
BauhausBurning From The Inside (1983)
Christian DeathOnly Theatre Of Pain (1982)
D.A.F. – Gold Und Liebe (1981)
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (1986)
Killing JokeKilling Joke (1980)
The ReplacementsPleased To Meet Me (1987)
SparksAngst In My Pants (1982)
Talking HeadsRemain In Light (1980)
Dag NastyCan I Say (1986)
New OrderMovement (1981)


Next up is Part 2 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

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