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The Best Albums Of The 80's

Jonathan Wright "kitchenperson"
 
The Lexicon Of Love
The Lexicon Of Love
"A perfect record where not a second is wasted. Best track Date Stamp"
Dirty Mind
Dirty Mind
"Prince was the artist of the decade, So many great albums and this is the finest as it's just great fun all the way through. Best track When You Were Mine"
Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
"This really was a decade of perfect pop. Great production from Thomas Dolby and maybe the strongest first half of a record ever. Best track Bonny"
Sulk
Sulk
"Billy Mackenzie is the forgotton hero of the 80's and this album remains timeless and exciting 25 years on. Oh and Party Fears 2 is the greatest song ever made. Best track Party Fears 2"
You Cant Hide Your
You Cant Hide Your
"It's great to see Edwyn Collins has been recognised as a great songwriter recently and this remains his best set of songs. Could do with being reissued again Best track Falling & Laughing"
Dare
Dare
"Another great pop album you can even forgive them including Get Carter as the rest is so good. Best track Things That Dreams Are Made Of"
Rattlesnakes
Rattlesnakes
"She's got cheekbones like geomatry and eyes like sin. Best track Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken"
Don't Stand Me Down (The Director's Cut)
Don't Stand Me Down (The Director's Cut)
"All 3 Dexys albums are perfect but this remains the best simply for featuring This Is What She's Like. Best track This Is What She's Like"
Technique
Technique
"New Order's pop album just pips the mighty Low-life as there are not many albums that are such a joy to listen to. Best track Vanishing Point"
Pretenders
Pretenders
"Often thought of as a great singles band this album stands up a brilliantly. Best track Kid"
Klaus Nomi
Klaus Nomi
"The only album I've bought for the cover alone turned out to be a masterpiece of german new wave opera. Best track Total Eclipse"
Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places
Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places
"The first 3 Kid Creole albums are masterpieces which is a shame when they will only be remembered for a couple of hits. Best track Animal Crackers"
Forever Breathes The Lonely Word
Forever Breathes The Lonely Word
"Lawrence is probably more well known for his reputation than his records, which is a shame when they're as moving as this. Best Track Wave Crashed On Rocks"
The Dreaming
The Dreaming
"Who desn't love Kate Bush?. Her best and most entertaining record. I would have loved to have seen her record companies reaction when they heard this. Best track Houdini"
Sign 'o' the Times
Sign 'o' the Times
"Another classic from the Purple one (I could have easily included Parade, Purple Rain and 1999 too) Best track If I Was Your Girlfriend"
Warm Leatherette
Warm Leatherette
"As I sit here typing this I am just 4 weeks away from hearing her first new record in 19 years..exciting stuff. This remains her masterpiece. Best track Love Is The Drug"
Correct Use of Soap
Correct Use of Soap
"Originally starting out as a new wave band here they add soul influences and check out Barry Adamson's basslines. Best track Song From Under The Floorboards"
Word Up
Word Up
"You Know how Word Up is a great pop song well all the other tracks are just as good. Best track Candy"
Swoon
Swoon
"I have to thank Gary Mulholland's excellent book Fear Of Music for discovering this. It's such a strange record that sounds totally different to anything I've ever heard. Best track Technique"
The Smiths
The Smiths
"You know the deal if you don't like The Smiths you don't like music. This remains my favorite as it really set up that bedsit misery perfectly. Best track Reel Around The Fountain"
Computer Games
Computer Games
"George Clinton ruled the 70's with Parliament and Funkadelic but this is up there with his best and maybe the poppiest of his career. Best track One Fun At A Time"
Spirit Of Eden
Spirit Of Eden
"The progression of the first 4Talk Talk albums is one of the most remarkable in musical history. This album is stunning every time I play it. Best track Desire"
Duran Duran
Duran Duran
"More perfect pop from one of the finest bands of the decade who people seem to remember more for their fashion and music videos more than music. Best track Anyone Out There"
Actually
Actually
"One of the best groups of all time and whilst I prefer their 90's ouput (Very and Behaviour) It's hard to argue with this album that reads like a greatest hits compilation. Best track Rent"
Cosmic Thing
Cosmic Thing
"Yes the album with Loveshack on but skip that and check out beautiful songs like Topaz and Deadbeat club. I actually don't think they have made a bad record. Best track Topaz"