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The Unappreciated Musical Decade - the 1980's

S. Neville "Anon"
 
Psycho Candy
Psycho Candy
"With Bobby Gillespie clubbing minimalist drums and the East Kilbride brothers creating feed-back riddled, Velvet Underground-style guitar noise, this 1985 masterpiece set the standard for grunge rock."
Closer
Closer
"Released weeks after the suicide of Ian Curtis, tormented by epilepsy and depression, Closer carries an unbearable poignancy. Curtis' powerful images of mass murder and mental illness are terrifying."
Daydream Nation
Daydream Nation
"With the sprawling instrumental noise and punchy art-punk, Sonic Youth redifined US guitar rock and placed grunge squarely in the mainstream. Out with Poison in with the Pixies."
Ocean Rain
Ocean Rain
"Echo and the Bunnymen's fourth album proved to be their masterpiece. A towering work of moody, baroque pop and surreal imagery. They never bettered this."
Remain in Light [CD + DVDA]
Remain in Light [CD + DVDA]
"Produced and co-composed by Brian Eno, this broke Byrne and co free of the post-punk ghetto with a visionary blend of art-pop and booty shaking Afro-beat."
Disintegration
Disintegration
"A truly memorable journey into the dark and disturbed mind of leader Robert Smith. First the Cure were new wave, then they were doomy goths, and then pop heroes. Disintegration was all three in one."
Technique
Technique
"They started the decade reeling from Ian Curtis' tragic suicide. By the end of the 80's they'd made the perfect indie-dance album - inspired by acid house and the scene's Ibiza epicentre."
Swordfishtrombones
Swordfishtrombones
"Out went the grizzled barfly persona of the previous decade; in came tales of freaks and misfits, and percussion like skeletons dancing on a tin roof."
Doolittle
Doolittle
"Drenched in spooky Americana, combining a freaked, funny vision of redneck, Tex-Mex outlaw wierdness with disqueting head-trips about eco-fear and art movies. Kurt Cobain among others swooned."
The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
"While U2 were dabbling in America's blues, rock 'n roll and country heritage, the Joshua Tree, a record wrought with grand gestures and hugely emotive love songs, was made. Stadium rock at it's best."
The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
"Indie rock very own Sergant Peppers, the Queen is Dead cemented the Smiths in musical history. The title track's dig at the royal family still tickles ribs 20 years on."
The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
"With their eponymous debut, the Mancunian quartet put the swagger into British rock. Their optimistic attitude and ambitious take on the music scene atrracted many including the Gallagher brothers."