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1979 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Aug 23, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

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    Blondie's Parallel Lines won 1978. Let's see who wins 1979. This one potentially feels a bit more obvious.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1979:
    Barbara Streisand - Greatest Hits Vol. 2
    Billy Joel - 52nd Street (cont. from '78)
    The Blues Brothers - Briefcase Full of Blues
    Rod Stewart - Blondes Have More Fun
    Bee Gees - Spirits Have Flown
    Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute
    Supertramp - Breakfast in America
    Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    The Knack - Get the Knack
    Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
    The Eagles - The Long Run

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1979:
    Bee Gees - Too Much Heaven (cont. from '78)
    Chic - Le Freak (cont. from '78)
    Rod Stewart - Do You Think I'm Sexy
    Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
    Bee Gees - Tragedy
    Doobie Brothers - What a Fool Believes
    Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood
    Blondie - Heart of Glass
    Peaches and Herb - Reunited
    Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
    Bee Gees - Love You Inside Out
    Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
    Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    Chic - Good Times
    The Knack - My Sharona
    Robert John - Sad Eyes
    Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
    Herb Alpert - Rise
    M - Pop Muzik
    Eagles - Heartache Tonight
    Commodores - Still
    Barbara Streisand - No More Tears
    Styx - Babe
    Rupert Holmes - Escape

    What are your top three albums for 1979? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. Talking Heads - Fear of Music
    2. The Clash - London Calling
    3. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

  2. phaynes12

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    rest of the top 10:
    4. Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven
    5. The Knack - Get the Knack
    6. Pink Floyd - The Wall
    7. Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes
    8. Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle
    9. Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
    10. ACDC - Highway to Hell

    honorable mentions:
    Alex Chilton - Like Flies on Sherbert
    The Cars - Candy-O
    The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys
    David Bowie - Lodger
    Eagles - The Long Run
    Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
    Iggy Pop - New Values
    Motorhead - Overkill
    Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps
    Patti Smith - Wave
    The Police - Reggatta de Blanc
    Squeeze - Cool for Cats
    Tubeway Army - Replicas

    stuff to check out:
    Doobie Brothers - Minute by Minute
    Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    The Jam - Setting Sons
    The Raincoats - The Raincoats
    Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material
    Van Morrison - Into the Music
    Wire - 154
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  3. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps
    2. Talking Heads - Fear of Music
    3. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
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  4. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    This year is a tricky one for me. Got a clear number one that is head and shoulders above everything else I've heard from this year, and then a bunch of stuff I like but don't quite love. Will need to think on it a bit.
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  5. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    it's the Zep for me here

    1. Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door
    2. Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
    3. George Harrison - George Harrison
    4. Wings - Back To The Egg
    5. The Clash - London Calling
    6. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
    7. Pink Floyd - The Wall
    8. Bob Marley - Survival

    first time listens for me that would be in contention:

    AC/DC - Highway To Hell
    Blondie - Eat The Beat
    Aerosmith - Night In The Ruts
    David Bowie - Lodger
    Eagles - The Long Run
    Earth, Wind and Fire - I Am
    Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes
    Van Halen - Van Halen II
    The Police - Reggatta de Blanc
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  6. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    and my 1979 mix

  7. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    probably my least favorite Zeppelin of the good ones but yeah it’s still quite good
  8. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Something about it I really like, I think it's how weird and wild they got and the places it goes that you may not expect. "Fool In The Rain" is truly special
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  9. cshadows2887 Aug 23, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 27, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
    2. Commodores - Midnight Magic
    3. Prince - Prince

    Excruciating cuts:
    Christopher Cross - Christopher Cross
    Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
    Earth, Wind, and Fire - I Am...
    The Clash - London Calling

    Others I love:
    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes
    Cheap Trick - Dream Police
    Blondie - Eat to the Beat
    Supertramp - Breakfast in America
    Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks
    Steve Forbert - Jackrabbit Slim
    The Cars - Candy-O
    Cheap Trick - At Budokan
    Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

    Good ones:
    Elvis Costello and The Attraction - Armed Forces
    Leonard Cohen -Recent Songs
    Eagles - The Long Run
    Van Halen - II
    Irakere - Irakere
    AC/DC - Highway to Hell
    ABBA - Voulez-Vous
    Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery
    Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust
    Chic - Risque
    Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Thin Lizzy - Black Rose: A Rock Legend
    Pat Benatar - In the Heat of the Night
    Richard and Linda Thompson - Sunnyvista
    Dionne Warwick - Dionne
    Marianne Faithfull - Broken English
    Joe Jackson - I'm the Man
    Leon Ware- Inside Is Love
    Gang of Four - Entertainment!
    The Knack - Get the Knack
    L.T.D. - Devotion
    ZZ Top - Deguello
    Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!
    The Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
    Raydio - Rock On
    The B-52's - The B-52's
    Journey - Evolution
    Rufus and Chaka - Masterjam
    Carolyne Mas - Carolyne Mas
    Bill Withers - 'Bout Love
    .38 Special - Rockin' into the Night
    Randy VanWarmer - Warmer
    Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' with Disaster
    George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love
    The Specials - The Specials
    Herbie Hancock - Feets Don't Fail Me Now
    Aerosmith - Night in the Ruts
    Donnie and Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

    Targets for listening:
    David Bowie - Lodger
    Desmond Child and Rouge - Desmond Child and Rouge
    Kool and the Gang - Ladies' Night

    Roxy Music - Manifesto
    Sanford-Townsend Band - Nail Me to the Wall
    Shalamar - Big Fun
    Talking Heads - Fear of Music
    The Crusaders - Street Life
    The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette
    The Fall - Live at the Witch Trials
    The Germs - (GI)
    Japan - Quiet Life
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle
    Public Image, Ltd. - Metal Box
    Sister Sledge - We Are Family
    The Slits - Cut
    The Undertones - The Undertones
    Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps
    The Raincoats - The Raincoats
    Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door

    Robert Palmer - Secrets
    Pat Travers Band - Live! Go for What You Know
    Van Morrison - Into the Music
    The Roches - The Roches
    Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary
    Ry Cooder - Bop 'Til You Drop
    Linton Kwesi Johnson - Forces of Victory
    Art Ensemble of Chicago - Nice Guys
    Shoes - Present Tense
    Stevie Wonder - Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants
    Herb Alpert - Rise
    Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance
    Eddy Grant - Walking on Sunshine

    Barrington Levy - Englishman
    Wings - Back to the Egg
    Gerry Rafferty - Night Owl
    Ellen Foley - Night Out
    Instant Funk - Instant Funk
    Cheryl Lynn - Cheryl Lynn
    Taana Gardner - Taana Gardner
    Alice Cooper - From the Inside
    Ian Matthews - Stealin' Home
    Roger Voudouris - Radio Dream

    Bobby Caldwell - Bobby Caldwell
    Maxine Nightengale - Lead Me On
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  10. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I might suggest an alternative in which you listen to some new stuff this week and maybe find new ones you love? Haha
  11. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I think I’ll need to!
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  12. George Aug 23, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 23, 2021)

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    1. The Clash - London Calling
    2. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    3. Blondie - Eat to the Beat

    The easiest number one for me, the best double album ever released, and without doubt one of my absolute favourite albums of all time. Just incredibly varied and beautiful songwriting, thoughtful and evocative lyrics, and they were incredibly capable pop songwriters when they needed to be. Just perfect.

    I've been on a massive Joy Division kick recently, been watching some films / documentaries about them, so just gave this the edge in position 2. A hugely influential post-punk album that did everything that little bit slower, with revolutionary production techniques and Ian Curtis' haunting vocals and lyrics.

    Eat to the Beat is the best Blondie record, and contains their masterpiece "Union City Blue". One of my favourite songs by anybody. While Parallel Lines is probably a more popular choice, I think this record is where they perfected that blend of New Wave / Punk / 60s Pop / Soul mesh that they had going on.

    Honourable mentions;

    Talking Heads - Fear of Music: A fascinating mixture of disco, funk, post-punk and rock n roll. Nobody sounds like the Talking Heads really, and nobody can write lyrics quite like David Byrne can.

    The Undertones - The Undertones: Worth a mention just because of "Teenage Kicks", one of the best pop-punk songs ever written. Worth checking out this scene in the film Good Vibrations, which incorporates this song as well as any other pop music scene in film.

    Stiff Little Fingers - Inflammable Material: I had this as 1980, until I thought to check it just now... The other side of the coin to The Undertones, both from the same city, but Stiff Little Fingers making explicitly political punk music, with a couple of all time classics, including Suspect Device and Alternative Ulster.

    Van Morrison - Into the Music: What feels like a real "classic" Van record, with his blend of traditional folk meeting soul.

    Fleetwood Mac - Tusk : A messy, sprawling double album and like almost all double albums (but not my number one choice), there's plenty of filler and experimentation, but some truly wonderful moments, and a bold follow up to Rumours.

    Leon Ware - Inside Is Love: Ware's sexually charged soulful, funky album, which includes his version of the Minnie Riperton classic (and outrageously explicit), Inside Your Love, which he originally wrote.

    Michael Jackson - Off The Wall: Debated whether I should include this, as I've found it hard to listen to him recently recently, but for me this is (was) the best Michael Jackson album, and a funky disco poppy masterpiece.
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  13. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    "Union City Blue" is a perfect song. And "Shayla" and "Dreaming" aren't far behind. I agree with you that it's their best record.

    Love the Leon Ware shout. Had you heard Musical Massage from a few years back?
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  14. George

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    I have yeah, a fantastic record, not sure how I ended up missing it from my list (probably a mislabelled year haha…)!

    I probably listen to Inside is Love more just because of how much I love the Inside Your Love song - an all time great.

    I’m 99% sure you recommended her in the first place, so this may be superfluous, but have you heard the cover version of that track by an artist named Delilah from back in 2012?

    It doesn’t look like she’s done anything since this album sadly, but this is a very sultry and atmospheric interpretation on the track.
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  15. phaynes12

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    the wall has some of floyd's best songs and the vision deserves praise but the amount of filler is truly insane
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  16. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

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  17. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Hah I did rec her to you back then. She’s sadly fallen out of music totally. I still follow her on Facebook just in case. She had so much promise
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  19. phaynes12

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    man, apple lied to me. didn’t realize gang of four was this year.
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  20. Marx&Recreation


    '79 also saw the release of one of the greatest Christmas songs, made during the sessions of the weirdest album any Beatle made. What I admire most about it is simply how bare it is - a synth, some sleigh bells, and Paul's vocals. In the music video you can even see people playing guitars and some other instruments, as if there was some original full-band version that Rick Rubin came in and stripped down. And yet Paul was just like "yeah, I know I've never used synth in a song ever before, but might as well release this synth-only single just for the fuck of it"

  21. The Lucky Moose Aug 24, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 24, 2021)
    The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block Prestigious

    1979 is still not really my comfort zone in terms of full albums, but going through this thread and some lists online I already saw a few I like:

    Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (I think Rock With You is a perfect song)
    Black Uhuru - Showcase (maybe one that won't be on other lists, so check it out, it's hypnotic)
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    The Clash - London Calling

    I am aware of plenty of songs on other albums you guys are posting, but I can't say I have listened to those albums (yet).

    If ranking is important (I'm still nut sure I understand these threads fully), I rank Off The Wall as my 1.
  22. The Lucky Moose Aug 24, 2021
    (Last edited: Aug 24, 2021)
    The Lucky Moose

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    Is there any way to know when a new thread opens up by the way, without going into the music forum to check? Because I missed too many years. Sorry if it is somehow obvious.
  23. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    all I do is follow these threads, when they are done @phaynes12 always links to the next thread so we can all transition over
  24. tomdelonge


    Every Sunday-ish
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  25. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    if the day is monday there will be a new thread haha