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1982 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Sep 13, 2021 at 7:25 AM.

  1. phaynes12

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    Black Flag's Damaged won 1981. Let's see who wins 1982. Probably going to be the King of Pop/pedophile but there is some good competition out there.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1982:
    AC/DC - For Those About to Rock We Salute You (cont. from '81)
    Foreigner - 4
    J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame
    Go-Gos - Beauty and the Beast
    Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
    Asia - Asia
    Paul McCartney - Tug of War
    Fleetwood Mac - Mirage
    John Cougar - American Fool
    Men At Work - Business as Usual

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1982:
    Olivia Newton-John - Physical (cont. from '81)
    Hall and Oates - I Can't Go for That
    J. Geils Band - Centerfold
    Joan Jett - I Love Rock n Roll
    Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
    Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder - Ebony and Ivory
    The Human League - Don't You Want Me
    Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
    Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
    Chicago - Hard to Say I'm Sorry
    John Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
    Men at Work - Who Can It Be Now
    Joe Cocker - Up Where We Belong
    Lionel Richie - Truly
    Toni Basil - Mickey
    Hall and Oates - Maneater

    What are your top three albums for 1982? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
    2. Descendents - Milo Goes to College
    3. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

    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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    remainder of the top 10:
    4. Richard and Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights
    5. Bad Religion - How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
    6. Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters
    7. Bad Brains - Bad Brains
    8. Psychedelic Furs - Forever Now
    9. Fear - The Record
    10. The Clash - Combat Rock

    honorable mentions:
    alan parsons project - eye in the sky
    the cure - pornography
    george thorogood - bad to the bone
    the jam - the gift
    judas priest - screaming for vengeance
    merle haggard - going where the lonely go
    the misfits - walk among us
    motörhead - iron fist
    robert plant - pictures at eleven
    roxy music - avalon
    scorpions - blackout
    squeeze - sweets from a stranger

    stuff to check out:
    billy idol - billy idol
    chaka khan - chaka khan
    dexys midnight riders - too-rye-ay
    donald ***en - the nightly
    the gun club - miami
    huey lewis and the news - picture this
    j. geils band - freeze frame
    john cale - music for a new society
    kate bush - the dreaming
    lionel richie - lionel richie
    lou reed - the blue mask
    luther van dross - forever, for always, for love
    paul mccartney - tug of war
    prince - 1999
    rush - signals
    sparks - angst in my pants
    todd rundgren - the ever popular tortured artist effect
    x - under the big black sun
    xtc - english settlement
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  3. OhTheWater

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    1. Kate Bush - The Dreaming
    2. The Cure - Pornography
    3. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
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  4. OhTheWater

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    Great stuff this year. Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Shoot out the Lights, 1999, Thriller obviously
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    Would literally be shocked if that was the winner based on what I thought this website/community strives to accomplish accountability-wise.
  6. irthesteve

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    1. Michael Jackson - Thriller
    2. Paul McCartney - Tug Of War
    3. The Cure - Pornography
    4. Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain
    5. George Harrison - Gone Troppo
    6. Fleetwood Mac - Mirage
    7. Queen - Hot Space

    first listens that I dug and could eventually make the list

    Aerosmith - Rock In A Hard Place
    Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
    The English Beat - Special Beat Service
    Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love
    Prince - 1999
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Long After Dark
    Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going
    Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still
    Van Halen - Diver Down
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  7. irthesteve

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    1982 mix, I think this is the year the start getting really fun and nostalgic for me. Some HUGE 80s singles like I Melt With You, Come On Eileen, Africa... a lot of big singles during these years without albums to really back them up

  8. phaynes12

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    normally I would agree if it weren't for one of the handful of records that could credibly be called the biggest album ever
  9. George

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    Before I take a look and organise my list, I listened to Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast on my walk home.

    I couldn't stand Iron Maiden growing up, and the last time I tried with them a decade or so ago, I also didn't enjoy it one bit. This unfortunately also didn't change my mind. I think it's the vocals really, just make me wince a bit, especially when paired with the po-faced seriousness of it all. Perhaps I'm missing if there's a bit of self-deprecating dry humour about it, but I don't pick up on any of that, and there's something quite off putting about the whole thing for me ha.

    Occasionally, the music is decent, but it mostly makes me wish I was listening to other bands.

    So yeah, not for me this time Iron Maiden, maybe will come back in another decade.
  10. phaynes12

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    man i love bruce’s voice haha. easily the best of that era of metal imo.
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  11. George

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    1. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
    2. Luther Vandross - Forever, For Always, For Love
    3. Kate Bush - The Dreaming

    Nebraska was the Bruce album that everybody loved a decade or so ago, and you heard it everywhere in musicians popping up, and now it appears to have dropped off in it's contemporary influence a little bit, but I love it. A great sparse, and desolate collection of songs, rough and raw, but full of life.

    Luther's Forever, For Always, For Love is basically the opposite, smooth, sultry and just so effortlessly easy. It's not quite Never Too Much, but very little is.

    The Dreaming is where Kate Bush takes that jump into remarkable for me, an experimental and confident album that goes in directions that you don't expect (she even does a bit of screamo in Houdini...). A fascinating album, that really shows her growth.

    Honourable mentions - aside from my top three, it's a punk heavy year;

    The Cure - Pornography: Unlucky not to crack the top three, this is a tricky album that took me a while to warm up too, but shows the Cure at some of their most dense and bleak moments.

    Descendents - Milo Goes to College: Simple and widely copied pop-punk that's full of these great little hook-filled moments of pop-punk perfection.

    Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters: With the first side being familiar Dead Kennedys punk, it's the second side where things get that little bit slower and longer that's more interesting. "Riot" is one of DK's best tracks.

    The Clash - Combat Rock: The Clash go pop, with big hits like Rock the Casbah, Should I Stay or Should I Go & Straight to Hell.

    Bad Brains - Bad Brains: The iconic debut, blending DC Hardcore with a reggae influence, and would be a massive influence on Fugazi, amongst others.

    Michael Jackson - Thriller: Not one I've been able to listen to recently, but it's influence is obviously undeniable.

    Faith / Void - Split: A Split album, which you don't see much of anymore, featuring two DC hardcore bands, massively influential and one of the first American bands to start making hardcore punk and metal music together.

    Tappi Tíkarrass - Bitið fast í vitið: Bjork's first punk band - the name translate's to "Cork the Bitch's Ass" in Icelandic, which basically sums up the music. Worth a listen for Bjork fans.

    Mission of Burma - Vs: Mission of Burma's debut, and only studio album, a brilliant piece of indie rock meeting post-hardcore that would influence a lot more bands further down the line.

    Various Artists - This is Boston, Not LA: A compilation album featuring a great collection of the Boston hardcore scene, showing off a vibrant little scene, including bands who seemingly did nothing else.
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  12. phaynes12

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    ugh. faith/void probably would have cracked my top 3 if I had a proper year listed for it. smh.
  13. Blainer93

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    1. Prince- 1999
    2. Iron Maiden- The Number of the Beast
    3. Kate Bush- The Dreaming
  14. cshadows2887 Sep 13, 2021 at 5:50 PM
    (Last edited: Sep 16, 2021 at 8:01 PM)

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    1. Toto - IV
    2. Michael Jackson - Thriller
    3. Richard and Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights

    Excruciating cuts:
    Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain
    Prince - 1999
    Lou Reed - The Blue Mask

    Others I love:
    John Cougar - American Fool
    Gordon Lightfoot - Shadows
    Roxy Music - Avalon
    Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
    ABC - The Lexicon of Love
    Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw
    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band - The Distance
    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Long After Dark
    Hall and Oates - H2O
    The Gap Band - IV
    Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love

    Good ones:
    Fleetwood Mac - Mirage
    .38 Special - Special Forces
    Elton John - Jump Up!
    Pat Benatar - Get Nervous
    Cheap Trick - One on One
    Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
    Huey Lewis and the News - Picture This
    Billy Squier - Emotions in Motion
    Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie
    Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going!
    Duran Duran - Rio
    Crosby, Still and Nash - Daylight Again
    Sheena Easton - Madness, Money and Music
    Warren Zevon - The Envoy
    Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle - One from the Heart
    Eddie Money - No Control
    Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Imperial Bedroom
    Rush - Signals
    Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
    Dexys Midnight Runners - Too Rye Ay
    Frida - Something's Going On
    Luther Vandross - Forever, For Always, For Love
    Men at Work - Business As Usual
    Paul McCartney - Tug of War
    Kool & the Gang - As One
    Billy Idol - Billy Idol
    Sheena Easton - You Could Have Been with Me
    Kenny Loggins - High Adventure
    Heart - Private Audition
    Rick Springfield - Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet
    Juice Newton - Quiet Lies
    America - A View from the Ground
    Billy Ocean - Inner Feelings
    Steve Winwood - Talking Back to the Night
    The Motels - All Four One
    Carl Carlton - Bad CC
    Andre Cymone - Living in the New Wave

    Targets for listening:
    Asia - Asia
    Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still
    Imagination - In the Heat of the Night
    Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson
    Michael McDonald - If That's What It Takes
    Ronnie Milsap - Inside
    Bonnie Raitt - Green Light
    Scorpions - Blackout!
    Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
    Pete Townshend - All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
    Associates - Sulk
    Birthday Party - Junkyard
    Kate Bush - The Dreaming
    The Cure - Pornography
    Donald ***en - The Nightfly
    Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - The Message
    Haircut One Hundred - Pelican West
    Madness - Rise and Fall
    Orange Juice - Rip It
    Venom - Black Metal
    The Clash - Combat Rock
    Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
    Peter Gabriel - Security
    King Sunny Ade and His African Beats - Juju Music
    Flipper - Album/Flipper
    Ornette Coleman - Of Human Feelings
    Laurie Anderson - Big Science
    Joe Jackson - Night and Day
    Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Destiny Street
    Rank and File - Sundown
    The Dream Syndicate - Days of Wine and Roses
    Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Wise Guy
    Van Morrison - Beautiful Vision
    George Clinton - Computer Games
    Mission of Burma- Vs.
    Aretha Franklin - Jump To It
    Joni Mitchell - Wild Things Run Fast
    Ted Hawkins - Watch Your Step
    Laura Branigan - Branigan
    Donna Summer - Donna Summer
    Cris Williamson - Blue Rider
    Eek-a-Mouse - Wa-Do-Dem
    Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse
    Bad Brains - Bad Brains
    The Descendants - Milo Goes to College
    Berlin - Pleasure Victim
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  15. Craig Manning Sep 13, 2021 at 7:15 PM
    (Last edited: Sep 14, 2021 at 5:37 AM)
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    1. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
    2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Long After Dark
    3. Richard and Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights

    Nebraska was never my favorite Springsteen album. I always preferred his work with the band, and always preferred his records that had a little more hope to them. But I feel like I've come to appreciate this record more recently. Partially, I guess, because the world is in a dumpster and the nihilism of Nebraska feels more apt now than at any prior point in my life. Maybe it's that my (arguably) favorite album of the year is The Killers basically doing a remake of this album. Maybe it's that Aofie O'Donovan just did an actual remake of this album that really blew me away. Whatever the reason, I've fallen in love with Nebraska anew lately.

    Long After Dark is, some days, my favorite Tom Petty album. It's not the feast of singles that Damn the Torpedoes and Full Moon Fever are, or the poignant emotional tour de force that Wildflowers is, but it's just such a blast of a record. Some of Petty's very best power pop songs (the opening quartet, especially "Change of Heart"), some of his most riotous rockers ("The Same Old You" is a blast), and some really great late-night songs ("You Got Lucky," "Straight into Darkness," "A Wasted Life") make for a super well-rounded listen. I know it wasn't one of Petty's favorites, but it might be the album of his I've come back to most as of late.

    Been a little while since I went through Shoot out the Lights. I'll have to do that soon. But I'm just constantly fascinated by the idea of breakup albums where the people breaking up are making the music together. This album's got a lot of the same tension that makes Rumours such a classic. If you haven't heard it, definitely put it on your "to listen" list this week.
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  16. OhTheWater

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    Listening to Yaz's Upstairs at Eric's now. Only You is a banger but I was unfamiliar with the other stuff. Pretty good so far
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  17. OhTheWater

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    Also The Dreaming should get bumped to everyone's must listen! I might like it more than Hounds on any given day
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  18. cshadows2887

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    Dire Straits’s Love Over Gold really knocked me on my ass. Never hear people mentioning it in their catalog but it’s the best of the 4 I’ve heard from them by a considerable margin. Alan Clark takes them to a whole new level and he does a hell of a Roy Bittan all over the record. The super epic “Telegraph Road” is particularly awesome.

    Blackout by Scorpions didn’t particularly work for me. I LOVE “No One Like You” but not much else really stood out. Some good guitar playing. Lots of energy. But didn’t click. They’re a good candidate for eventually going with a Greatest Hits on

    Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Destiny Street is phenomenal. Robert Quine is a genius
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  19. OhTheWater

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  20. phaynes12

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    it’s on mine
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  21. George

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    Listened to the Cocteau Twins debut record from this year, Garlands. I'm a relatively new convert to them, only got into them a couple of years ago maybe, so was specifically waiting till this year to check out their debut.

    While their stuff a few years later is really shimmering and beautiful, this definitely has that more downbeat post-punk sound to it, particularly in the drums and bass. However, Elizabeth Fraser's vocals are as beautiful as ever, with her voice and lack of discernible lyrics mean her voice is used more like an instrument, much like Bon Iver or Sigur Ros or something.

    I think I preferred when the instrumentation is as heavenly as the vocals, but this is a pretty close to fully formed debut, very easy to see how they made the next steps they did from this starting point.
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  22. George Sep 15, 2021 at 1:16 AM
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    Listened to The Sky's Gone Out by Bauhaus - aware of their reputation, but had never heard their music.

    I expected to be slow and mournful, but the opening track (A Brian Eno cover) sets a quick tempo, with almost pop punk rhythms and hooks, but after then it soon settles into a more familiar Post-Punk vibe, like many of their contemporaries around this time. The lead singer really reminds me of Bowie at times, with his timbre and delivery, and we even have a cover of Ziggy Stardust as a bonus track here, to reinforce that impression.

    It also reminds me of how influential Joy Division were, for a few years after they arrived and disappeared, everybody started to sound like them and Martin Hannett's style of production.

    The album was atmospheric, and a bit different to what I expected, with even the last two minutes of the last track taking an abrupt turn, and it turns into some sort of goth reggae / ska sounds, which I'll admit took me by surprise.
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  23. phaynes12

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    peter murphy from bauhaus did some great stuff with NIN
  24. cshadows2887

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    I’m very picky/hit-or-miss with music that gets tagged as noise or experimental or whatever, but Mission of Burma are pretty fuckin’ awesome.
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  25. phaynes12

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    oh yeah they are. the dc scene in the 80s is unparalleled