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Great 80's Albums Recommendations

post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
Lately, I've been looking for great 80's CD's, but I'm having a hard time thinking of some. So, I look to you, fellow head-fi'ers, for help.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 42
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms is a good one. Are you looking for a specific genre?
post #3 of 42
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by nismo96 View Post
Are you looking for a specific genre?
Not really.
Monster ballads, Metal, Pop...anything really.
post #4 of 42
Originally Posted by nickknutson View Post
... but I'm having a hard time thinking of some.
So many, but where to begin? So much music began in the 80s, and so much ended in the 80s too, so it kind of depends on whether you lived it or just know the highlights. Here's a short 10 heavily loaded at the beginning and the end. But tons of great, and popular stuff in between, including some of the best from Paul Simon and REM and U2 and Prince and Lou Reed and the Smiths and Springsteen, and lessor known critical favorites from the likes of Husker Du and the Minutemen and the Replacements and Sonic Youth and many others. Sometimes difficult in retrospect to separate what is "important" from what is actually "good", but all of these are good to me, and some might even be important too

English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It (80)
Talking Heads - Remain In Light (80)
Joy Division - Closer (80)
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms (80)
Mink de Ville - Coup de Grace (81)
Dream Syndicate - Days of Wine and Roses (82)
XTC - English Settlement (82)
The Violent Femmes - The Violent Femmes (83)
Galaxie 500 - On Fire (89)
Pixies - Doolittle (1989)

But also don't forget that great debut from the Pretenders that just sneaks into the 80s, and the Psychedelic Furs. I've always loved those first couple Tom Verlaine solo albums after Television went on their 25 year hiatus. And the Blasters! Great stuff, along with early X. Lucinda Williams s/t is a big favorite too. And on and on ...
post #5 of 42
oh, man, you're speaking my language. i've been re-importing my stuff at higher bitrates and have rediscovered some good ones...
'So Red The Rose' by Arcadia (Duran Duran spinoff band with Mark Egan on bass and Sting singing backup vocals...)
'Life's Too Good' by Sugarcubes
'Hysteria' by Def Leppard
'Count Three and Pray' by Berlin
'Boys and Girls' by Brian Ferry
'Long Cold Winter' by Cinderella
'Treasure' by Cocteau Twins
'Love' by The Cult
'Secrets of the Beehive' by David Sylvian (one of my top 5 all time faves...stunning album)
'Black Celebration' by Depeche Mode
(self titled) by The Dream Academy (produced by David Gilmour!)
'Hunting High and Low' by A-Ha
'Angel Dust' by Faith No More
'Kiss of Life' by Gene Loves Jezebel
'Exorcising Ghosts' by Japan
'Songs From the Big Chair' by Tears For Fears
'Operation Mindcrime' by Queensryche
'Cupid and Pshyche 85' by Scritti Politti
'Superstition' by Siouxie and the Banshees
(self titled) by Skid Row (one of my favorite hair metal albums)
'Stick it to Ya' by Slaughter
'Reading Writing and Arithmetic' by The Sundays
'Welcome Home' by Til Tuesday (their second and Aimee Mann's finest work to me)
'Dig That Groove Baby' by The Toy Dolls (hilarious punk band with an amazing guitarist)

and some random bands to consider that I don't have album names for
'The Psychadelic Furs'
'UB 40'
'Simple Minds'

Hope this helps...
post #6 of 42
Some of my fvorites:

CHRIS REA - Dancing with Strangers, Shamrock Diaries & The Road to Hell
THE CHURCH - The Blurred Crusade, Heyday & Starfish
THE BLUE NILE - Hats & A Walk Across the Rooftops
TALK TALK - It's My Life, The Colour of Spring & Spirit of Eden
KING CRIMSON - Discipline
MILES DAVIS - Aura & Tutu
DAVID SYLVIAN - Secrets of the Beehive
MARILLION - Misplaced Childhood, Clutching at Straws & Seasons End
PINK FLOYD - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
XTC - Oranges & Lemons
DIRE STRAITS - Brothers in Arms
BAD COMPANY - Dangerous Age
JULEE CRUISE - Floating Into the Night
ALL ABOUT EVE - Scarlet and Other Stories
DEAD CAN DANCE - The Serpent's Egg & Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
post #7 of 42
Thread Starter 
^ Thanks, antiman!
post #8 of 42
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What about some Phil Collins? What was his band's name?

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post #9 of 42
Originally Posted by nickknutson View Post
What about some Phil Collins? What was his band's name?
Genesis. Peter Gabriel was in that band as was Mike Rutherford of Mike and the Mechanics.
post #10 of 42
Phil Colins' band was Genesis (unless he's done other stuff I don't know about).
post #11 of 42
yeah invisible touch album by genesis was awesome, purple rain by prince, the wall by pink floyd, and the best! a real cd of amused to death (copys never sound right) by roger waters. tango in the night and rumours by fleetwood mac are decent too. someone mentioned doolitle, and bossa nova was good too. and for live recordings delicate sound of thunder by floyd is hard to beat.
post #12 of 42
all mixed up by the cure. im sure ill think of hundreds that i used to listen too being 80's were my era
post #13 of 42
Oh man...the awesome decade. Here goes my list

GN'R - Appetite for Destruction, Lies
LA Guns - LA Guns (Axl's band before GN'R - it's totally sleaze rock)
Motley Crue - Theatre of Pain, Shout at the Devil, Dr Feelgood
Twisted Sister - Under the Blade, Stay Hungry, Come Out and Play
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave, Piece of Mind, etc...
Aerosmith - Pump, Permanent Vacation
Metallica - Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice for All
The Misfits - Walk Among Us
Pink Floyd - The Final Cut, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Delicate Sound of Thunder
Ramones - Brain Drain, End of a Century, Halfway to Sanity, Too Tough to Die
Roger Waters - Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, Radio K.A.O.S
Van Halen - 1984, 5150, Fair Warning, Women and Children First
post #14 of 42
Some of my faves from the '80's that haven't been mentioned already, are anything by The Police, Squeeze, Elvis Costello and U2.
post #15 of 42
Don't forget the "The Smiths - The Queen is Dead"
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