The '80s List: Part 7

Posted by Amoebite, August 26, 2011 11:04am | Post a Comment
Cabaret VoltaireOne 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.

Kara Lane
The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
Echo & The BunnymenPorcupine (1983)
The English Beat I Just Can’t Stop It (1980)
SpecialsSpecials (1980)
Love & RocketsExpress (1986)
PixiesCome On Pilgrim (1987)
Cocteau TwinsBlue Bell Knoll (1988)
The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (1980)
XTC – Skylarking (1986)
X – Los Angeles (1980)

The Smiths      Cocteau Twins      Pixies        Specials       Echo & The Bunnymen 

Shane Talada
Christian DeathOnly Theatre Of Pain (1982)
Lords Of The New ChurchThe Lords Of The New Church (1982)
And Also The Trees Virus Meadow (1986)
Killing JokeNight Time (1985)
The Jesus And Mary ChainPsychocandy (1985)
BauhausIn The Flat Field (1980)
Dead Can DanceDead Can Dance (1984)
The Birthday PartyThe Birthday Party (1980)
The Sisters Of MercyFirst & Last & Always (1985)

Killing Joke      Bauhaus       The Birthday Party       Christian Death       The Jesus and Mary Chain

Andrew Spear
Sonic YouthBad Moon Rising (1985)
Big BlackAtomizer (1986)
Husker DuZen Arcade (1984)
Black FlagMy War (1984)
Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me (1987)
Butthole SurfersLocust Abortion Technician (1987)
MinutemenDouble Nickles On The Dime (1984)
Meat PuppetsMeat Puppets II (1983)
The Gun ClubMiami (1982)
The ClashSandinista (1980)

Butthole Surfers        Black Flag       Minutemen       Husker Du       Sonic Youth

Scott Carlson
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast (1982)
Bad Brains – Bad Brains (1982)
Swans – Children of God (1987)
Pentagram – Relentless (1985)
Captain Beefheart – Doc at the Radar Station (1986)
Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales (1984)
Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments (1986)
Pussy Galore - Right Now! (1987)
Psychic TV – Force the Hand of Chance (1982)
Bad Religion – No Control (1989)

Celtic Frost       Swans       Bad Brains       Iron Maiden       Melvins

Melissa Logan
The CrampsA Date With Elvis (1986)
The FeeliesCrazy Rhythms (1980)
Nirvana Bleach (1989)
The SmithsStrangeways, Here We Come (1987)
Joy Division – Closer (1980)
Roky Erickson & The Aliens The Evil One (1981)
The Cure – Faith (1981)
Spacemen 3 The Perfect Prescription (1987)
The Birthday Party – Prayers On Fire (1981)
Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses (1987)

The Cure        Joy Division        Spacemen 3       The Feelies       Nirvana

JourneyDeparture (1980)
Madonna – Madonna (1983)
–  Pretenders (1980)
The B-52’sWild Planet (1980)
Pat Benatar – Crimes Of Passion (1980)
Cocteau TwinsTreasure (1984)
Stevie NicksBella Donna (1981)
Judas PriestBritish Steel (1980)
Duran DuranRio (1982)
A Flock Of SeagullsA Flock Of Seagulls (1982)

Pretenders        Duran Duran        Stevie Nicks       The B-52's       Journey

Sam Rodriguez
AC/DCBack In Black (1980)
Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction (1987)
MetallicaRide The Lightning (1984)
SlayerReign In Blood (1986)
Iron MaidenKillers (1981)
Riot Fire Down Under (1981)
RushMoving Pictures (1980)
Motley CrueShout At The Devil (1983)
Jane’s AddictionNothing’s Shocking (1988)
Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (1980)

Rush       Jane's Addiction        Black Sabbath       Slayer       Metallica

Travis King
Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man (1988)
PixiesDoolittle (1989)
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1988)
The Cure – The Head On The Door (1985)
Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues (1983)
Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain (1984)
Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (1988)
Joy DivisionCloser (1980)
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1980)

Leonard Cohen        Siouxsie & The Banshees       Sonic Youth       The Stone Roses       Talking Heads

Lucy Patino
Depeche ModeSome Great Reward (1984)
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (1986)
New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
Psychic TV – Dreams Less Sweet (1983)
SparksAngst In My Pants (1982)
Cocteau TwinsGarlands (1982)
The ChillsBrave World (1987)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
The RaincoatsOdyshape (1981)
The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood (1982)

The Raincoats       New Order       The Go-Betweens        Depeche Mode       Sparks

Rick Frystak
David SylvianBrilliant Trees (1984)
KraftwerkComputer World (1981)
Yellow Magic OrchestraNaughty Boys (1983)
Cabaret VoltaireVoice Of America (1980)
Frank ZappaJazz From Hell (1986)
Art Of NoiseInto Battle (1983)
Maurizio BianchiRegel (1982)
Ryuichi SakamotoOngakuzukan (1984)
MaterialSeven Souls (1989)
Missing Persons Rhyme & Reason (1984)

Frank Zappa       Cabaret Voltaire       Yellow Magic Orchestra        Kraftwerk       Missing Persons

Next up is Part 8 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 6.

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