The '80s List: Part 5

Posted by Amoebite, August 22, 2011 03:54pm | Post a Comment
Psychic TvOne 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.

Aaron Aldorisio
Spacemen 3The Perfect Prescription (1987)
Sonic YouthSister (1987)
The Go-BetweensLiberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express (1986)
Felt – Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (1986)
The FrogsIt’s Only Right & Natural (1989)
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (1989)
The FallHex Induction Hour (1982)
Galaxie 500On Fire (1989)
Psychic TVDreams Less Sweet (1983)
The BatsDaddy’s Highway (1987)

The Stone Roses       Spacemen 3        Sonic Youth       The Fall        Psychic TV

Chris Carmena

Depeche ModeSome Great Reward (1984)
Dire StraitsMaking Movies (1980)
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (1986)
Kraftwerk Electric Café (1986)
Pet Shop Boys Please (1986)
Morrissey Viva Hate (1988)
The CureBoys Don’t Cry (1988)
A-haHunting High & Low (1985)
Bob DylanInfidels (1983)
AreaThe Perfect Dream (1988)

Dire Straits       A-ha       Morrissey       The Cure         Pet Shop Boys

Kirk Gee
Young Marble GiantsColossal Youth (1980)
The GordonsThe Gordons (1981)
The Birthday PartyJunkyard (1982)
DischargeHear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (1982)
Toy LoveToy Love (1983)
Suicidal TendenciesSuicidal Tendencies (1983)
The Beasts Of BourbonAxeman’s Tendencies (1984)
The PoguesRum, Sodomy & The Lash (1985)
Thee Mighty CaesarsThee Mighty Caesars (1985)
The CrampsA Date With Elvis (1986)
The Cramps     The Pogues     Suicidal Tendencies      The Birthday Party       Discharge

Lindsay Kraft

Mo-dettesThe Story So Far (1980)
The Jags Evening Standards (1980)
DwarvesHorror Stories (1986)
Wreckless EricBig Smash (1980)
The AttractionsMad About The Wrong Boy (1980)
BlondieAutoAmerican (1980)
Echo & The BunnymenOcean Rain (1984)
BauhausPress The Eject And Give Me The Tape (1982)
Lords of the New ChurchIs Nothing Sacred? (1983)
XTCBlack Sea (1980)

Mo-Dettes       XTC       Blondie       Lords of the New Church        The Attractions

Melissa Rivera
Joy Division Closer (1980)
MorrisseyViva Hate (1988)
Pet Shop BoysIntrospective (1988)
Yaz Upstairs At Eric’s (1982)
Gary NumanTelekon (1980)
Depeche ModeSome Great Reward (1984)
The CureDisintegration (1989)
BauhausMask (1981)
The Human LeagueDare (1981)
Soft CellNon Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)

Gary Numan       Bauhaus      Yaz       Pet Shop Boys        Morrissey


SwansChildren Of God (1987)
PentagramRelentless (1985)
Rollins BandLife Time (1988)
Theatre Of Hate Westworld (1982)
Roky EricksonThe Evil One (1982)
GodfleshStreet Cleaner (1989)
Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (1983)
Death In JuneBrown Book (1987)
Einsturzende NeubautenDrawings Of Patient O.T. (1983)
Killing JokeNight Time (1985)

 Rollins Band       Einsturzende Neubauten       Cocteau Twins       Death In June       Killing Joke 

Lucas Brause
SuicideSecond Album (1980)
Psychic TVPagan Day (1986)
Talk Talk Spirit Of Eden (1988)
Motley CrueToo Fast For Love (1981)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
Lou ReedThe Blue Mask (1982)
Kraftwerk Computer World (1980)
Robert WyattOld Rotten Hat (1985)
Kate Bush Never Forever (1980)
MadonnaMadonna (1983)

Motley Crue     Lou Reed      Psychic TV      Suicide      Madonna

Kati Theodorson–Ladd

Gun’s N RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
BauhausIn The Flat Field (1980)
Lords Of The New ChurchThe Method To Our Madness (1984)
Hanoi RocksSelf Destruction Blues (1982)
The PretendersPretenders II (1982)
Joan Jett & The BlackheartsI Love Rock N’ Roll (1981)
Cyndi LauperShe’s So Unusual (1984)
Oingo BoingoDead Man’s Party (1985)
Siouxsie & The BansheesTinderbox (1986)
Billy IdolRebel Yell (1983)

Pretenders       Oingo Boing        Cyndi Lauper       Billy Idol        Hanoi Rocks

Rodney Ford
MinistryThe Land Of Rape & Honey (1988)
Morbid AngelAltars Of Madness (1986)
Skinny Puppy Bites (1985)
Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (1989)
SlayerReign IN Blood (1986)
Front 242Front By Front (1988)
MetallicaMaster Of Puppets (1986)
SepulturaBeneath The Remains (1989)
Front Line AssemblyGashed Senses & Crossfire (1989)

Skinny Puppy       Metallica       Nine Inch Nails       Front Line Assembly       Ministry

Len Del Rio
Killing JokeWhat’s This For? (1981)
The FallThe Wonderful & Frightening World Of (1984)
The ClashSandinista (1980)
The CrampsPsychedelic Jungle (1981)
Oingo BoingoNothing To Fear (1982)
SpecialsMore Specials (1980)
WireThe Ideal Copy (1985)
UB40Signing Off (1980)
ChromeBlood On The Moon (1981)
MadnessOne Step Beyond (1980)

Killing Joke       The Specials       UB40       Wire      Chrome

Next up is Part 6 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 4.

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