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1981 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Sep 7, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

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    Talking Heads' Remain in Light won 1980. Let's see who wins 1981. Big down year, personally, for me.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1981:
    John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy (cont. from '80)
    REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity (cont. from '80)
    Styx - Paradise Theatre
    Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity
    Moody Blues - Long Distance Voyager
    Pat Benetar - Precious Time
    Foreigner - 4
    Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
    Journey - Escape
    The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
    AC/DC - For Those About to Rock We Salute You

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1981:
    John Lennon - Just Like Starting Over (cont. from '80)
    Blondie - The Tide is High
    Kool and the Gang - Celebration
    Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
    Eddie Rabbit - I Love a Rainy Night
    REO Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You
    Blondie - Rapture
    Hall and Oates - Kiss on My List
    Sheena Easton - Morning Train
    Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
    Stars on 45 - Stars on 45
    Air Supply - The One That You Love
    Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
    Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love
    Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme
    Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
    Olivia Newton-John - Physical

    What are your top three albums for 1981? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. Black Flag - Damaged
    2. Rush - Moving Pictures
    3. U2 - October

    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

    playing in the band Prestigious

    rest of the top 10:
    4. New Order - Movement
    5. Tom Petty - Hard Promises
    6. Adolescents - Adolescents
    7. The Cure - Faith
    8. Squeeze - East Side Story
    9. The Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
    10. Roky Erickson - The Evil One

    honorable mentions:
    black sabbath - mob rules
    blue oyster cult - fire of unknown origin
    the cars - shake it up
    the gun club - fire of love
    iron maiden - killers
    king crimson - discipline
    merle haggard - big city
    minutemen - the punch line
    ozzy osbourne - diary of a madman
    the police - ghost in the machine
    the rolling stones - tattoo you
    x - wild gift

    stuff to check out:
    david byrne and brian no - my life in the bush of ghosts
    depeche mode - speak and spell
    echo and the bunnymen - heaven up here
    gang of four - solid gold
    genesis - abacab
    grace jones - nightclubbing
    kim carnes - mistaken identity
    Kraftwerk - computer world
    moody blues - long distance voyager
    motley crue - too fast for love
    phil collins - face value
    prince - controversy
    psychedelic furs - talk talk talk
    siouxsie and the banshees - juju
    sparks - whomp that sucker
    tom verlaine - dreamtime
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  3. OhTheWater

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    Some incredible singles this year. Not in love with (or haven't heard) many of the albums tho

    1. Black Flag - Damaged
    2. The Go-Gos - Beauty and the Beat
    3. The Cure - Faith
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  4. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Mike Vallely is the lead singer of Black Flag now??
  5. cshadows2887 Sep 7, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 9, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Dan Fogelberg - The Innocent Age
    2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hard Promises
    3. ABBA - The Visitors

    Excruciating cuts:
    Foreigner - 4
    Phil Collins - Face Value

    Others I love:
    Pat Benatar - Precious Time
    Prince - Controversy
    Bobby Womack - The Poet
    Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
    Rush - Moving Pictures
    Journey - Escape
    Pretenders - II
    Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
    Tygers of Pan Tang - Spellbound
    Rick Springfield - Working Class Dog
    Billy Squier - Don't Say No
    .38 Special - Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
    Carl Carlton - Carl Carlton
    Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache

    Good ones:
    The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
    The Time - The Time
    Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin
    Marvin Gaye - In Our Lifetime
    Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
    Garland Jeffreys - Escape Artist
    Billy Joel - Songs in the Attic
    Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
    Angela Bofill - Something About You
    Quincy Jones - The Dude
    Lindsey Buckingham - Law and Order
    The Cars - Shake It Up
    Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Trust
    The Moody Blues - Long Distance Voyager
    Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
    Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity
    Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio - A Woman Needs Love
    The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat
    The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame
    Electric Light Orchstra - Time
    Al Jarreau - Breakin' Away
    Loverboy - Get Lucky
    Van Halen - Fair Warning
    Billy Ocean - Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)
    Jefferson Starship - Modern Times
    Toto - Turn Back
    Merle Haggard - Big City
    Echo and the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here
    George Jones - Still the Same Ole Me

    Targets for listening:
    Alabama - Feels So Right
    Earth, Wind, and Fire - Raise!
    Genesis - Abacab

    Rick James - Street Songs
    The Neville Brothers - Fiyo on the Bayou
    Police - Ghost in the Machine

    Bauhaus - Mask
    Black Flag - Damaged
    Einstruzende Neubauten - Kollaps
    David Byrne and Brian Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
    Gun Club - Fire of Love
    Heaven 17 - Penthouse and Pavement
    Human League - Dare
    Motorhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
    Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark - Architecture and Morality
    Psychedelic Furs - Talk Talk Talk
    Siouxsie and The Banshees - JuJu
    Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
    Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club
    X - Wild Gift
    Greg Kihn Band - Rockihnroll
    Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - I Love Rock and Roll
    Santana - Zebop!
    Stray Cats - Stray Cats
    Styx - Paradise Theater
    The Tubes - The Completion Backwards Principle
    The Who - Face Dances
    Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates
    Squeeze - East Side Story
    Human Switchboard - Who's Landing in My Hangar
    Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Fresh Fruit and Foreign Places
    Black Uhuru - Red
    Romeo Void - It's a Condition
    Au Pairs - Playing with a Different Sex
    The dB's - Stand for Decibels
    David Lindley - El Rayo-X
    Smokey Robinson - Being with You
    Yoko Ono - Season of Glass
    Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
    Sheena Easton - Sheena Easton
    Girlschool - Hit and Run
    Shot in the Dark - Shot in the Dark
    Aswad - New Chapter
    Jim Steinman- Bad for Good
    Teena Marie - It Must Be Magic
    Willie Colon and Ruben Blades - Canciones Del Solar De Lose Aburridos
    Gary "U.S." Bonds - Dedication
    Franke & the Knockouts - Franke & the Knockouts
    The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn of a Friendly Card
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  6. phaynes12

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    has been for a bit now, yeah. it’s embarrassing. ginn wanted a paycheck. should have left the legacy in tact.
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  7. phaynes12

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    would October fall under the former “don’t like” category?
  8. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I’ve actually never heard it. It could probably have gone on my targets list, but I listened to Boy last week so realistically it probably wasn’t happening this week
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  9. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    As I give The Innocent Age a valedictory listen today, I’m pretty damn certain you’d love this @Craig Manning. Everything about it suits your sensibilities. Ambitious. Nostalgic. Lyrically reaching. Great sequencing.

    I know a double album is a big ask, but yeah, very convinced you’d be into it
  10. George Sep 7, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 7, 2021)

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    1. Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
    2. Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust
    3. The Cure - Faith

    Never Too Much is just an absolutely perfect album, it's light, soulful, poppy and funky. Brilliant songwriting and without doubt one of my absolute favourite RnB or Soul albums from any time frame. Definitely (I think...) goes a little under the radar, but it's an absolute must hear.

    Just an EP, but In God We Trust is Dead Kennedys at their most righteously angry, taking major influences from the American hardcore scene that was happening around them. Nazi Punks Fuck Off is an all-time punk track, and We've Got a Bigger Problem Now shows them in full sardonic rage.

    Faith is perhaps not one of my most played Cure records, but I always love it whenever I put it on. Dense and dark, without much of the pop sheen they'd add a little later, it's a gloomy listen, but some great tracks on here.

    Honourable mentions;

    Black Flag - Damaged: A hugely influential hardcore record, showing Black Flag at their most direct and furious, before they'd morph into more experimental directions after this.

    Adolescents - Adolescents: A great and oft-imitated pop-punk track, with some great bratty songwriting that was often missing in 80s American punk. Amoeba was in Tony Hawks 3, so instantly brings back memories of playing that.

    Marvin Gaye - In Our Lifetime: Gaye's penultimate album, and he's in fine form, full of disco and funk, and plenty of pop.

    Joy Division - Still: A double album that functions as a B-side collection, as well as a live recording of the last ever Joy Division show, which has a real sort of morbid thrill to it, hearing a band right at the very end. Not necessarily essential, but an interesting listen.

    Minutemen - The Punch Line: Minutemen's first album, but comes in at just 15 minutes, with 18 tracks, showing their twitchy, rapid approach to songwriting.

    Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches: A great post-punk band that straddled the line between hardcore punk and indie rock. One of those bands where that classic Velvet Underground line applies to them, "[They] didn't sell many records, but everyone who bought one went out and started a band."
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  11. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I legit get a huge grin every time I see how much you love that Vandross album, man. What a joy it is
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  12. George

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    It’s just absolutely perfect , on almost continual rotation with me, always in the mood for a bit of Luther Vandross, he makes everything seem so effortless.
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  13. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Truly one of the smoothest voices to ever grace R&B, which is saying something given the genre.
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  14. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    to be honest, 1981 is a very light year for stuff I know

    1. Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
    2. George Harrison - Somewhere In England

    first listens that could make the list

    Elvis Costello - Trust
    Elvis Costello - Almost Blue
    Phil Collins - Face Value
    Marvin Gaye - In Our Lifetime
    Lindsey Buckingham - Law and Order
    The Police - Ghost In The Machine
    Tom Petty - Hard Promises
    Van Halen - Fair Warning
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  15. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    1981 mix

  16. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Listen to Fogelberg, Steve. I’m evangelizing with the fervor of a money-grubbing television preacher this week.
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  17. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    ok fine, you have my attention. I will tomorrow
  18. tomdelonge


    I listened to the first half of Age Of Innocence today. I hoped to listen to it all together, but so it goes.

    “Nexus” is the highlight for me so far. Really cool song.

    It’s very sugary music, very sentimental, I want to rub dirt on it, but I’m looking forward to the rest of the record
  19. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    That’s Joni on the descant on “Nexus” btw

    Side 4 is the best part of the record, imo.
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  20. cshadows2887 Sep 8, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 8, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Listening to the s/t by Shot in the Dark (who were Al Stewart’s backing band for a stretch) off a vinyl record of my Dad’s and it’s honestly causing me great distress. It’s SO good and it’s never once been issued in CD, never been streaming. I’ve never even been able to find an illegal rip. That’s so bleak to me that great albums can just disappear

    Edit: Scratch that. It’s apparently FINALLY on Spotify after all this time. Can’t tell you how often I’ve looked for it. That’s a relief that at least it’s there to be discovered
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  21. Blainer93

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    1. Motley Crue- Too Fast For Love
    2. The Police- Ghost In The Machine
    3. Black Flag- Damaged
  22. phaynes12

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    the byrne and eno album is so so so good
  23. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    So far, I've given a first listen to:

    Genesis - Abacab
    X - Wild Gift
    Earth, Wind, and Fire - Raise!
    Shot in the Dark - Shot in the Dark
    Teena Marie - It Must Be Magic
    Police - Ghost in the Machine
    The Neville Brothers - Fiyo on the Bayou
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  24. tomdelonge


    Fiyo on the Bayou is a great album. I might like Yellow Moon a bit more overall songwise, but Fiyo has a really cool mood.

    And their 1990 album Brothers Keeper has a charming early 90’s vibe. Songs aren’t as good, but the title track rips
  25. phaynes12

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    genesis and grace jones on the docket for today