The Greatest / Best Albums of the '80s in no order

A Listmania! list by Simon Turner "michaelpowell" (Borneo)
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Tamahime Sama
1.  Tamahime Sama by 戸川純
The list author says:
  "Togawa is post-punk. That's her middle ground. On one side is a little girl's voice and, at the other end, is opera. Lyrics in Japanese such as on dismemberment as proof of love. Her voice is all vulnerable strength."
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Odyshape
2.  Odyshape by The Raincoats
The list author says:
  "The unrecognised masterpiece of the punk/post-punk era and '80's. Far more experimental than the rest, and smart without dogma, pushing boundaries out instead of pulling them in."
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Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash!
3.  Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash! by The Replacements
The list author says:
  "Greatest, most eloquent rough album by kids on being kids. Raw brilliance before the filler gained a place on their albums to come, with some of their best: Careless, Shiftless, Johnny's (on Johnny Thunders), I Hate Music (on Tommy, 14yr-old bassist)."
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Cloudland
4.  Cloudland by Pere Ubu
The list author says:
  "All those irresistible tunes backed up during years of experimentation. Then the dam broke. Ubu always hated punk and its reductive tendency. They weren't punk, they were avant garde. It imbues melody upon melody here."
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Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
5.  Searching For The Young Soul Rebels by Dexy's Midnight Runners
The list author says:
  "Kevin Rowland spearheading breaking of new ground (he doesn't know another way) but remembered, tiresomely for all-time for just Eileen. Soul & punk, searing lyrics. No brilliant side A only for them."
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Hats
6.  Hats by Blue Nile
The list author says:
  "Masterpiece again from those silly-looking & sounding 80's. After avant-gardist Rooftops LP, this, still inclined to walk beside a long drop, the sound dripping with melancholic appreciation of the moment due to that yearning voice like someone crying in the dark, over non-'real' instrumentation that expresses the feeling totally."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

The Nightfly
7.  The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
The list author says:
  "Genius - when blinkers are off. 'Certain fantasies of a young man growing up in late 50's, ie, one of my height, weight and build.' Laid-back, detailed intensity in words & sound. Evocative & twisted"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

The Smiths
8.  The Smiths by The Smiths
The list author says:
  "Despite the filler, the rest is the greatest English lyricist this side of Ray Davies '67-'71. They never again matched the unswerving genius of Suffer, Reel, Hand and Charming, filled out to greatness by Marr."
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Back to Basics
9.  Back to Basics by Billy Bragg
The list author says:
  "Bragg's forgotten greatest. Taxman has Levi Subbs, yes, but here is The Saturday Boy, A Lover Sings & heaps of sharp, witty wordplay with poor-man's guitar heroics. Lean. Foghorn voice,  subtle mind."
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Don'T Stand Me Down
10.  Don'T Stand Me Down by Dexy's Midnight Runners
The list author says:
  "Rowland maverick genius spits words now heard clearly & often spoken - pushing the boundaries back from an obtuse angle no-one tolerated & guitar-absent again too. Deep core of Irish ancestry."
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The Tenement Year
11.  The Tenement Year by Pere Ubu
The list author says:
  "The great man of Ubu's 20 yrs, which was sustained until '98, David Thomas, is almost eclipsed by synth showers falling under their own weight & anti-logic of Allen Ravenstine. Remaster - spectacular detail of most tuneful avant garde."
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The Lexicon Of Love (1996 Re-issue)
12.  The Lexicon Of Love (1996 Re-issue) by ABC
The list author says:
  "Blinkers off. Martin Fry could do anything at this point. A scintillating set of driving, daring, unfeasibly passionate and tuneful '80's sounds' unconquered peak & brilliant free-association lyrics."
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Double Nickels On The Dime
13.  Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
The list author says:
  "The one post-punk album to match best Beefheart for angular style. 43 tracks each about 2 minutes long for an album jammed with profound ideas & sharp, funky post-punk playing."
£15.94
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Spirit Of Eden
14.  Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
The list author says:
  "A stand-alone album of the '80s: '59-'60 Miles Davis jazz-like but an original product of a totally different tradition, allowing space, voice used as an instrument, incoherent, impassioned."
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Doolittle
15.  Doolittle by Pixies
The list author says:
  "From the unmistakable opening bassline intro, a combination that can't miss: melodies strong enough to underpin the primal vocals that compete with the guitar and bass for which it is exactly that raises the hairs on the nape of the neck. The words do the rest."
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Tim (Expanded & Remastered)
16.  Tim (Expanded & Remastered) by The Replacements
The list author says:
  "The Replacements album with the largest number of their very best songs: Here Comes A Regular, Left of the Dial, Kiss Me on the Bus, Swingin Party, plus Can't Hardly Wait electric outtake on the remaster. Paul Westerberg's sensitive words of wit and understanding fronting messy rockin album."
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Rum Sodomy & The Lash
17.  Rum Sodomy & The Lash by The Pogues
The list author says:
  "The most precociously brilliant writer of words (and tunes so fine that they do the words justice) of the '80s, and an interpreter to make all he touches his own, Shane McGowan, was at his best here, rasping and spitting out those words to Irish folk accompaniment going hell for leather"
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