The Real 100 Greatest Records Of The 1980s
Unsung classics and forgotten gems - prepare yourselves for the Real 100 Greatest Albums Of The 80s
Welcome to our epic rundown of the Real 100 Greatest Albums Of The 80s - the true connoisseur's choice. The rules are simple:
1) ONLY One album per band Yeah, we know Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden and the rest made enough great albums between them to make up the entire list, but that would be boring. We’re giving the other guys a chance.
2) Don’t pick the most famous albums The ones we’ve chosen are the often unsung classics and hidden gems, so expect the unexpected.
3) Justify it Why should you care? Well, we’re about to tell you
All clear? Good. Now dig in and enjoy…
100) In The Flat Field - Bauhaus (1980)
Though it lacked their spooked single of the previous year, Bela Lugosi’s Dead, Bauhaus’ debut helped set goth’s template with its chilly, knowing alienation, and a stylishly cinematic gloom suiting the decade’s monochrome, depressed start. Peter Murphy called himself “an optimist with nihilistic tendencies”, and like Hammer’s later horror movies, his band winked while they shrieked.
What they said at the time: “Too priggish and conceited… Gothic as a brick.” Sounds
99) Album - PiL (1986)
Rise was the single that returned John Lydon to the charts, with its Apartheid-inspired lyrics and defining mantra that ‘anger is an energy’. 1986’s Album also made symbolic peace between the voice of punk and hard rock’s supposed dinosaurs, with the likes of Ginger Baker and Steve Vai among the thunderous hired guns who appeared on the record.
What they said at the time: “The music offered no light, no respite – but kept plunging further and further into a heart of darkness.” NME
98) If I Should Fall From Grace With God - The Pogues (1988)
By their third album, The Pogues had perfected their anarchic folk/punk fusion. From the batshit-crazy rave-up that is Fiesta to the cry-in-your-beer Fairytale Of New York, never has an album so perfectly caught the spirit (both kinds) of a pub lock-in.
What they said at the time: “Within the grooves of Grace, you get Heaven and Hell and everything in between.” Sounds
97) Agent Provocateur - Foreigner (1984)
Foreigner 4 may have been the breakthrough record, but Agent Provocateur became the connoisseur’s choice. It glows with golden songs and crowns Lou Gramm’s career: he would never sing better than he did here. I Want To Know What Love Is was the hit, yet Down On Love, A Love In Vain and That Was Yesterday join it as masterpieces of AOR, machine-tooled for their era.
What they said at the time: “Have to admit I’ve had some good times inspired by Foreigner.” Creem
96) Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys (1980)
American hardcore was still in its infancy when Dead Kennedys issued their defining statement. It took three-chord punk and gonzo surf into biting political satire – Kill The Poor, California Über Alles, Holiday In Cambodia – while retaining a trashily humorous aesthetic. Needless to say, the effect was polarising.
What they said at the time: “The only legitimate companion piece to the Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks.” Trouser Press