The 80s List: Part 4

Posted by Amoebite, August 19, 2011 11:30am | Post a Comment
Grace JonesOne 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.

Frankie Delmane
The WipersOver The Edge (1983)
Black FlagMy War (1984)
FangLandshark (1982)
The ClashLondon Calling (1980)
Redd KrossNeurotica (1987)
The ChillsBrave Words (1987)
The Go-BetweensLiberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express (1986)
Greg SageStraight Ahead (1985)
Celtic Frost Morbid Tales (1984)
The Lotus EatersNo Sense Of Sin (1984)

Black Flag      The Clash      Redd Kross      Fang      Celtic Frost

JD Molnar
G.B.H. – City Baby Attacked By Rats (1981)
The Jesus & Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
Tom WaitsSwordfishtrombones (1983)
The CrampsA Date With Elvis (1986)
The Stray CatsBlast Off! (1989)
Echo & The BunnymenPorcupine (1983)
MotorheadOrgasmatron (1986)
The Gun ClubFire Of Love (1981)
OMDArchitecture & Morality (1981)
RamonesToo Tough To Die (1985)

OMD       The Cramps       The Jesus & Mary Chain        Echo & The Bunnymen        Motorhead

Alice Auyang

The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
Galaxie 500On Fire (1989)
Opal - Happy Nightmare Baby (1987)
BauhausBurning From The Inside (1983)
The Dream SyndicateThe Days of Wine & Roses (1982)
The English Beat  – I Just Can’t Stop It (1980)
Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
Iron MaidenKillers (1981)
Love & RocketsSeventh Dream of Teenage Heaven (1985)
Steely DanGaucho (1980)

Love & Rockets     Sonic Youth      Opal      The English Beat      Bauhaus


Motley Crue – Too Fast For Love (1981)
Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (1980)
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades (1980)
Van Halen – Women & Children First (1980)
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction (1987)
Hanoi Rocks – Self Destruction Blues (1987)
Slayer – South Of Heaven (1988)
Danzig – Danzig (1988)
Iron MaidenKillers (1981)
Led ZeppelinCoda (1982)

Motley Crue       Danzig        Guns N' Roses       Led Zeppelin        Motorhead

Jennifer Cooper
The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
Siouxsie & The Banshees A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (1982)
The CureThe Head On The Door (1985)
Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (1983)
Depeche ModeConstruction Time Again (1983)
Strawberry Switchblade - Strawberry Switchblade (1985)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
New OrderLow Life (1985)
Dead Can DanceThe Serpent’s Egg (1988)
Fairground AttractionFirst Of A Million Kisses (1988)

Cocteau Twins       The Cure       Duran Duran        Dead Can Dance        Siouxsie & The Banshees

Chris Curtis
Severed HeadsCome Visit The Big Bigot... (1986)
Depeche ModeConstruction Time Again (1983)
The Human LeagueTravelogue (1980)
My Bloody ValentineIsn’t Anything (1988)
Cocteau TwinsTreasure (1984)
Yellow Magic OrchestraTechnodelic (1981)
OMDDazzle Ships (1983)
Thomas DolbyThe Golden Age Of Wireless (1981)
New MusikFrom A to B (1980)
Section 25From The Hip (1984)

The Human League       Thomas Dolby       My Bloody Valentine        Cocteau Twins        OMD

Duran DuranDuran Duran (1980)
Talking HeadsSpeaking In Tongues (1983)
Heaven 17 – Penthouse & Pavement (1981)
MadonnaMadonna (1983)
Minor ThreatOut Of Step (1984)
Haircut 100 – Pelican West (1982)
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (1985)
Crass – Penis Envy (1980)
Depeche Mode A Broken Frame (1982)
RamonesSubterranean Jungle (1983)

Talking Heads       Heaven 17       Tears For Fears        Crass       Duran Duran

Ilene Barg
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (1982)
The FallThis Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
That Petrol Emotion – Manic Pop Thrill (1986)
The Wolfgang Press – Birdwood Cage (1988)
Graham Parker – The Up Escalator (1980)
David BowieScary Monsters (1980)
Tom Tom ClubTom Tom Club (1981)
The The Burning Blue Soul (1980)
Happy MondaysBummed (1988)
Shriekback – Care (1983)

Grace Jones      David Bowie        The Fall       The Wolfgang Press       Graham Parker

Brock Elmore
MisfitsWalk Among Us (1982)
Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986)
Ramones Pleasant Dreams (1981)
DanzigDanzig (1988)
Negative ApproachTied Down (1983)
Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsThe First Born Is Dead (1985)
The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
VenomBlack Metal (1981)
Iron MaidenKillers (1981)
Napalm DeathScum (1987)

Misfits      Nick Cave       The Smiths        Venom        Napalm Death

Billy Calhoun
The FlirtsBorn To Flirt (1982)
MadonnaMadonna (1983)
D.A.F. – Alles Ist Gut (1981)
The CureKiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
Trans-XLiving On Video (1983)
New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (1983)
KraftwerkComputer World (1981)
Depeche ModeA Broken Frame (1982)
New Kids On The BlockHangin’ Tough (1988)
Visage Visage (1980)

The Cure        New Kids On The Block       Visage       New Order        Kraftwerk

Next up is Part 5 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 3.

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