The '80s list: Part 9

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Talking Heads

One 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.

Tim Latham
The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
The Jam Sound Affects (1980)
Specials More (1980)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
Erasure – The Innocents (1988)
English Beat – I Just Can't Stop It (1980)
Minor Threat – Out of Step (1983)
Dexy's Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980)
Joy Division – Closer (1980)
Morrissey – Viva Hate (1988)

More Specials       The Jam       The Cure       English Beat         Morrissey

Javier Johnston Marquez
Dexy’s Midnight RunnersSearching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980)
Bruce SpringsteenNebraska (1982)
The Gun Club Fire Of Love (1981)
The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
The PoguesRum, Sodomy & The Lash (1985)
D.A.F.Gold Und Liebe (1981)
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (1982)
Tones On Tail Pop (1984)
Tom Tom ClubTom Tom Club (1981)
The Vapor Nu-Clear Days (1980)

The Clash        The Pogues       Violent Femmes       Tom Tom Club        Bruce Springsteen

Rik Sanchez
The ClashSandinista (1980)
Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsKicking Against The Pricks (1986)
The CrampsSongs The Lord Taught Us (1980)
The Rolling StonesTattoo You (1981)
Los LobosHow Will The Wolf Survive? (1984)
Sonic YouthEvol (1986)
The PlimsoulsEverywhere At Once (1983)
Husker DuNew Day Rising (1985)
BauhausBurning From The Inside (1983)

The Cramps       Rolling Stones       The Plimsouls       Husker Du       Sonic Youth

Nancy "Little Vee" Scibilia
Blondie – Auto American (1980)
Concrete Blonde – Free(1987)
The Cure –  Head On The Door (1985)
Dead Or Alive – Youthquake (1985)
Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever (1982)
Culture Club – Colour By Numbers (1983)
Madonna – Madonna (1983)
Madonna Like A Virgin (1984)
Cyndi Lauper – She's So Unusual (1984)
Billy Joel – Glass Houses (1980)

Culture Club       Blondie       Dead or Alive        Billy Joel        Madonna

Mark Beaver
Talking Heads Remain In Light (1980)
Elvis Costello Trust (1983)
David BowieScary Monsters (1980)
Kate Bush – The Dreaming (1982)
XWild Gift (1981)
Roxy MusicAvalon (1982)
Sonic YouthBad Moon Rising (1985)
Echo And The Bunnymen Heaven Up Here (1981)
The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk (1981)
The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)

Roxy Music        Echo And The Bunnymen        Elvis Costello        Scary Monsters      Talking Heads

Grace Hirose
Fad Gadget – Fireside Favorites (1980)
The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come (1987)
The Del-ByzanteensLies To Live By (1982)
Depeche ModeBlack Celebration (1986)
Grauzone – Grauzone (1981)
Trisome 21 Passions Divisees (1984)
Richard Hell Destiny Street (1982)
ESG – Come Away With ESG (1983)
Adam Ant Friend Or Foe (1982)
Tones On TailPop (1984)
Richard Hell       Adam Ant       Black Celebration       The Smiths         ESG

Andrew Flores
Siouxsie & The BansheesKaleidoscope (1980)
Rudimentry Peni – Death Church (1983)
Soft Cell Non Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
The CurePornography (1982)
CrassPenis Envy (1981)
AdolescentsAdolescents (1981)
Christian DeathOnly Theatre of Pain (1982)
D.A.F.Alles Ist Gut (1981)
Cro MagsThe Age of Quarrel (1986)
Skinny PuppyRemission (1984)

Christian Death       Skinny Puppy       Adolescents        Soft Cell        Siouxsie & The Banshees

Greg Griffith
XTC – Black Sea (1981)
Prefab SproutSwoon (1984)
JapanTin Drum (1982)
Family Fodder Monkey Banana Kitchen (1981)
The Blue NileWalk Across The Rooftops (1984)
CristinaDoll In the Box (1980)
Adam & The AntsKings of The Wild Frontier (1980)
The AssociatesThe Affectionate Punch (1980)
Lol CoxhillMorgan Fischer / Slow Magic (1980)
Talking Heads Remain In Light (1980)

The Blue Nile               Japan       The Associates        XTC

Fernando G. Zavala Jr. aka Furn

Modern EnglishMesh & Lace (1981)
Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (1981)
Cocteau TwinsGarlands (1982)
Negative ApproachTied Down (1983)
New OrderPower, Corruption and Lies (1983)
7 SecondsThe Crew (1984)
The Jesus and Mary ChainDarklands (1987)
EmbraceEmbrace (1987)
Stone RosesStone Roses (1989)
Galaxie 500On Fire (1989)

Embrace       Klaus Nomi       7 Seconds        The Jesus And Mary Chain        New Order

Chad Hemus
Chris and Cosey – Heartbeat (1981)
Judy NylonPal Judy (1982)
Lydia LunchQueen Of Siam (1980)
Diamanda GalasYou Must Be Certain Of The Devil (1988)
Kid Creole & The CoconutsTropical Gangsters (1982)
Madonna Madonna (1983)
Siouxsie & The BansheesA Kiss In The Dream House (1982)
Ike YardA Fact A Second (1982)
Soft CellNon Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
X – Under The Big Black Sun (1982)

Diamanda Galas       Madonna        Chris and Cosey        Lydia Lunch       Kid Creole & The Coconuts

Next up is Part 10 of the '80s list project. We'll be posting new lists every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Part 8.

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