Wednesday, January 3, 2001

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 1980

Highest Recommends
1. Pretenders
2. Back In Black - AC/DC
3. Closer - Joy Division
4. Remain In Light - The Talking Heads
5. Dirty Mind - Prince
6. Peter Gabriel 3 (The Melting Face Cover)
7. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
8. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables - The Dead Kennedys
9. Crazy Rhythms - The Feelies

Strong Recommends
11. The River - Bruce Springsteen
12. Scary Monsters - David Bowie
13. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels - Dexy's Midnight Runners
14. Los Angeles - X
15. Underwater Moonlight - The Soft Boys

Solid Recommends
16. Get Happy - Elvis Costello
17. Making Movies - Dire Straits
18. Sound Affects - The Jam
19. Colossal Youth - Young Marble Giants

Mild Recommends
20. Crocodiles - Echo And The Bunnymen
21. Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police
22. Doc At The Radar Station - Captain Beefheart
23. Boy - U2
24. Seventeen Seconds - The Cure

1980 Albums Of Critical Note I've Yet To Assess In Full
1/2 Gentleman / Not Beasts - Half Japanese
Ambient Vol 2:  The Plateau Of Mirror - Brian Eno & Harold Budd
Arc Of A Diver - Stevie Winwood
Argybargy - Squeeze
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Bass Culture - Linton Kwesi Johnson
Black Sea - XTC
Blizzard Of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
British Steel - Judas Priest
Catholic Boy - The Jim Carroll Band
Commercial Album - The Residents
Departure - Journey
Devils, Rats & Piggies: A Special Message From Godzilla - The Mekons
Diana - Diana Ross
Double Fantasy - John Lennon
East - Cold Chisel
Empires And Dance - Simple Minds
Empty Glass - Pete Townshend
Gaucho - Steely Dan
Growing Up In Public - Lou Reed
Heartattack And Vine - Tom Waits
Heaven And Hell - Black Sabbath
Hold Out - Jackson Browne
Hotter Than July - Stevie Wonder
I Just Can't Stop It - The Beat
In The Flat Field - Bauhaus
Iron Maiden
Is This Real - The Wipers
Jeopardy - The Sound
Kaleidoscope - Siouxee & The Banshees
Kings Of The Wild Frontier - Adam And The Ants
Killing Joke
Kilimanjaro - The Teardrop Explodes
Le Chat Bleu - Mink De Ville
Making Movies - Dire Straits
Monarchie Und Alltag - Fehlfarben
More Specials - The Specials
Nacha Pop
Never For Ever - Kate Bush
Penguin Eggs - Nick Jones
Permanent Waves - Rush
Sandinista - The Clash
Seconds Of Pleasure - Rockpile
Signing Off - UB40
Something Better Change - D.O.A.
Songs The Lord Taught Us - The Cramps
The Blues Brothers
The Commercial Album - The Residents
The Correct Use Of Soap - Magazine
The Return Of The Durutti Column 
The Second Album - Suicide
Triumph - The Jacksons
True Colors - Split Eno
Uprising - Bob Marley And The Wailers
Vienna - Ultravox
Warm Thoughts - Smokey Robinson
Wild Planet - The B52s

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