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1984 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    R.E.M.'s Murmur won 1983. Let's see who wins 1984.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1984:
    Michael Jackson - Thriller (cont. from '82)
    Soundtrack - Footloose
    Huey Lewis and the News - Sports
    Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
    Prince - Purple Rain

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1984:
    Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - Say Say Say (cont. from '83)
    Yes - Owner of a Lonely Hear
    Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
    Van Halen - Jump
    Kenny Loggins - Footloose
    Against All Odds - Phil Collins
    Lionel Richie - Hello
    Deniece Williams - Let's Heart it For the Boys
    Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
    Duran Duran - The Reflex
    Prince - When Doves Cry
    Ray Parker - Ghostbusters
    Tina Turner - What's Love Got to Do With It
    John Waite - Missing You
    Prince - Let's Go Crazy
    Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
    Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen
    Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
    Hall and Oates - Out of Touch
    Madonna - Like a Virgin

    What are your top three albums for 1984? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. The Replacements - Let it Be
    2. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
    3. Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime

    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?

    YEARS IN MUSIC • forum.chorus.fm
     
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  2. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    rest of the top 10:
    4. u2 - the unforgettable fire
    5. rem - reckoning
    6. black flag - my war
    7. husker du - zen arcade
    8. nick cave - from her to eternity
    9. the smiths - the smiths
    10. roger waters - the pros and cons of hitch hiking

    honorable mentions:
    black flag - slip it in
    bruce springsteen - born in the usa
    dio - the last in line
    echo and the bunnymen - ocean rain
    inxs - the swing
    iron maiden - powerslave
    marginal man - identity
    meat puppets - ii
    psychedelic furs - mirror moves
    queen - the works
    ramones - too tough to die
    rush - grace under pressure

    stuff to check out:
    billy bragg - brewing up with billy bragg
    the blue nile - a walk across rooftops
    the cars - heartbeat city
    cocteau twins - treasure
    don henley - building the perfect beast
    huey lewis and the news - sports
    judas priest - defenders of the faith
    lou reed - new sensations
    madonna - like a virgin
    prefab sprout - swoon
    prince - purple rain
    sade - diamond life
    the scorpions - love at first sting
    siouxsie and the banshees - hyaena
    talk talk - it’s my life
    van halen - 1984
    violent femmes - hallowed ground
    voivod - war and pain
    the waterboys - a pagan place
     
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  3. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Some heavyweights in '84.
     
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  4. buttsfamtbh

    Regular

    van fucking halen
     
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  5. cshadows2887 Sep 27, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 30, 2021)
    cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Prince and The Revolution - Purple Rain
    2. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
    3. Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast

    Excruciating cuts:
    The Replacements - Let It Be
    Metallica - Ride the Lightning

    Others I love:
    Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
    Various Artists - Footloose Soundtrack
    Pretenders - Learning to Crawl
    Pat Benatar - Tropico

    Good ones:
    Cocteau Twins - Treasure
    The Blue Nile - A Walk Across Rooftops
    The Cars - Heartbeat City
    The Temptations - Truly for You
    Tina Turner - Private Dancer
    Van Halen - 1984
    Bryan Adams - Reckless
    Dan Fogelberg - Windows and Walls
    George Strait - Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?
    Steve Perry - Street Talk
    Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall
    R.E.M. - Reckoning
    Wham! - Make It Big
    Madonna - Like a Virgin
    Sheila E. - The Glamorous Life
    Dio - The Last in Line
    U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
    The Smiths - The Smiths
    Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
    Rush - Grace Under Pressure
    Billy Ocean - Suddenly
    Iron Maiden - Powerslave
    John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Milk and Honey
    Sheena Easton - A Private Heaven
    Sade - Diamond Life
    Various Artists - Ghostbusters Soundtrack
    Jefferson Starship - Nuclear Furniture
    Glen Frey - The Allnighter
    Christine McVie - Christine McVie
    John Waite - No Brakes
    AC/DC - 74 Jailbreak EP
    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand the Weather
    Shannon - Let the Music Play
    Teddy Pendergrass - Love Language
    The Bangles - All Over the Place

    Not a fan:
    Jermaine Jackson - Jermaine Jackson
    James Blood Ulmer - Odyssey

    Targets for Listening
    David Bowie - Tonight
    Howard Jones - Human's Lib
    Rickie Lee Jones - The Magazine
    Chaka Khan - I Feel for You
    Kool & the Gang - Emergency
    Naked Eyes - Fuel for the Fire
    Simple Minds - Sparkle in the Rain
    Talk Talk - It's My Life
    Lloyd Cole and The Commotions - Rattlesnakes
    Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Welcome to the Pleasuredome
    Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
    Youssou N'dour - Immigres
    Style Council - Cafe Bleu
    Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
    Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
    Los Lobos - How Will the Wolf Survive?
    Sammy Hagar - VOA
    Scorpions - Love at First Sting
    Chris DeBurgh - Man on the Line
    Scandal - The Warrior
    Foreigner - Agent Provocateur
    Husker Du - Zen Arcade
    Ruben Blades and Seis de Solar - Buscando America
    Let's Active - Cypress
    Del-Lords - Frontier Days
    Linton Kewsi Johnson - Making History
    Peter Wolf - Lights Out
    Lyres - On Fire
    The Everly Brothers - EB84
    Del Fuegoes - The Longest Day
    Ratt - Out of the Cellar
    Survivor - Vital Signs
    The Time - Ice Cream Castle
    Nanci Griffith - Once in a Very Blue Moon
    Psychedelic Furs - Mirror Moves
     
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  6. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Wow some classics this year
     
  7. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. The Blue Nile - A Walk Across Rooftops
    2. Prince - Purple Rain
    3. The Cure - The Top
     
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  8. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Blue Nile have really grown into a recent favorite band over the last few years. Hats initially didn't grab me, but once it clicked it really clicked. A Walk Across Rooftops might even top it, depending on the day.
     
  9. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    1. Price and the Revolution - Purple Rain
    2. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
    3. Queen - The Works
    4. John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Milk & Honey
    5. The Cure - The Top
    6. The Replacements - Let It Be

    first listens that I dug, could eventually make the list

    Bryan Adams - Reckless
    Los Lobos - How Will The Wolf Survive?
    R.E.M. - Reckoning
    Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
    Wham! - Make It Big
    Art of Noise - Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?
     
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  10. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    1984 mix

     
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  11. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    i can’t believe i hadn’t heard purple rain in full before (obviously knew the singles). what the fuck man. fixed that today. it’s so good!!
     
  12. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Prince has such a deep and vast catalog that I can't fully fault you, hard to dive in to such overwhelming catalogs sometimes. Purple Rain is so damn good front to back though
     
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  13. Gianni28

    Regular

    I have thought the same thing about Prince for several years now - especially when he wasn't on streaming, even if I wanted to do a deep dive, it would require more effort than most are often willing to put forth.

    But y'all are right - Purple Rain has to be the undeniable classic. I hope to spend some time with it this week as well.
     
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  14. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    There is some ineffable, magic quality in “I Would Die 4 U” that not a single other synth pop song has ever captured.
     
  15. cshadows2887 Sep 27, 2021
    (Last edited: Sep 28, 2021)
    cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I think I’ve said a version of this before, but the amazing thing about Purple Rain is the same as the amazing thing about Born to Run: it’s a called shot. He wanted to make an all-timer that would make him one of the biggest stars in the world, and then he just…did it.
     
  16. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    bruce still needed the rest of the band to do it though. prince just needed himself. a real auteur. damn.
     
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  17. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I can’t believe those two albums came out in the same year. What’s the closest modern corollary to that?
     
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  18. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    huh? born to run was 75 haha
     
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  19. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    classic Born (in the USA / To Run) messup
     
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  20. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Ha, misread Chris's post.

    My question still stands, though: when's the last time you had two albums that were as culturally dominant as Purple Rain and Born in the USA in the same year?
     
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  21. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Side note: my favorite bit of musical trivia for 1984 is that there were only five chart-topping albums for the entire year. Purple Rain, Born in the USA, Thriller. the Footloose soundtrack, and Sports by Huey Lewis and the News.
     
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  22. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    i feel like it happens a lot but nothing is coming to mind. luckily i will be looking at every year to point out when it happens haha

    re: two albums the size of BUSA and PR
     
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  23. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Actually there WERE albums where Prince did everything, but in that prime Revolution period, he really did collaborate with Wendy and Lisa a ton. They were much more of a working band than people realize, and you can hear it if you listen because Sign O the Times after he dismissed them has a very different sound.
     
  24. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I own all 5 of those and they all fucking rule
     
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  25. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Yes. Yes they do.

    Another fun fact: Thriller was the top selling album in both ‘83 and ‘84. The next album to win two years like that? Adele, 21.
     
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