• Category Archives 1980
  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980- Most Recommended Albums

    These are my twenty most recommended albums of 1980 (in no specific order).

    1980 was a great year- a year dominated by great heavy metal bands- especially the New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead & Diamond Head.  Punk music morphed into the more eclectic radio-ready New Wave & Post-punk which would help set the tone for the alternative music movement of the late 80’s-early 90’s.

    U2 & The Pretenders released their first full length albums- both New Wave/Post-Punk masterpieces. Xdefined L.A. Hardcore with their brilliant debut “Los Angeles”.  Rap music was still bubbling underground while black music was dominated by the Funk by groups like the Gap Band & The Brothers Johnson.  Prince released his first fully great album with “Dirty Mind” which combined Funk with New Wave and would set the course for his many great albums to come later in the decade.  The Talking Heads released perhaps their best album and Joy Division sadly their last before becoming the more Techno group New Order after the very unfortunate suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis.

    In my opinion an amazing year and one of the best, if not THE best, music years of the 80’s.



    AC/DC/Back in Black

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    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band/the River

    Buy Bruce Springsteen - The River Buy AmazonThe River










    David Bowie/Scary Monsters

    Buy David Bowie - Scary Monsters Buy Amazon Scary Monsters










    Dexys Midnight Runners/Searching for the Young Soul Rebels

    Buy Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Buy Amazon Searching for the Young Soul Rebels










    Elvis Costello & the Attractions/Get Happy!!

    Buy Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!! Buy Amazon Get Happy!!










    Iron Maiden/Iron Maiden

    Buy  Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden










    Joy Division/Closer

    Buy   Joy Division - Closer (Collector's Edition) Buy Amazon Closer










    Motorhead/Ace of Spades

    Buy Motörhead - Ace of Spades Buy Amazon Ace of Spades










    Prince/Dirty Mind

    Buy  Prince - Dirty Mind Buy Amazon Dirty Mind










    The Talking Heads/Remain in Light

    Buy Talking Heads - Remain In Light (Remastered) Buy Amazon Remain in Light










    The English Beat/I Just Can’t Stop It

    Buy  The English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It Buy Amazon I Just Can’t Stop It










    The Feelies/Crazy Rhythms

    Buy  The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms Buy Amazon Crazy Rhythms










    The Jam/Sound Affects

    Buy The Jam - Sound Affects (Remastered) Buy Amazon Sound Affects










    The Police/Zenyatta Mondatta

    Buy The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta Buy Amazon Zenyatta Mondatta [Digipak]










    The Pretenders/The Pretenders

    Buy  Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) Buy Amazon Pretenders











    The Raincoats/The Raincoats

    Buy Amazon The Raincoats











    The Soft Boys/Underwater Moonlight

    Buy Amazon Underwater Moonlight . . . And How It Got There











    U2/Boy

    Buy  U2 - Boy (Remastered) Buy Amazon Boy











    Young Marble Giants/Colossal Youth

    Buy  Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth Buy Amazon Colossal Youth











    X/Los Angeles

    Buy X - Los Angeles Buy Amazon Los Angeles



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 1

    Best of 1980  Volume 1 (4/17/02)

    1.  X- Los Angeles

    Buy X - Los Angeles - Los Angeles

    2.  Motorhead- Ace of Spades

    Buy Motörhead - Ace of Spades - Ace of Spades

    3.  AC/DC- Hells Bells

    *Not Available through iTunes

    Buy  Back in Black album through Amazon

    4.  David Bowie- Ashes to Ashes

    Buy David Bowie - Scary Monsters - Ashes to Ashes

    5.  The Police- Don’t Stand So Close to Me

    Buy The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta - Don't Stand so Close to Me

    6.  The Talking Heads- Once in a Lifetime

    Buy Talking Heads - Remain In Light - Once In a Lifetime

    7.  Prince- When You Were Mine

    Buy Prince - Dirty Mind - When You Were Mine

    8.  S.O.S. Band- Take Your Time (Do it Right)

    Buy The S.O.S. Band - Soufside So Real - Take Your Time *This version is re-recorded from the original

    9.  Diana Ross- Upside Down

    Buy Diana Ross - Diana Ross: All the Great Hits - Upside Down

    10.  Blondie- Rapture

    Buy Blondie - The Best of Blondie - Rapture

    11.  The Pretenders- Precious

    Buy Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) - Precious

    12.  Devo- Whip It

    Buy Devo - Freedom of Choice (Deluxe Version) [Remastered] - Whip It

    13.  Gary Numan- Cars

    Buy Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle - Cars

    14.  The Jam- That’s Entertainment!

    Buy The Jam - Sound Affects (Remastered) - That's Entertainment

    15.  U2- Twilight

    Buy U2 - Boy (Remastered) - Twilight

    16.  The English Beat- Mirror in the Bathroom

    Buy The English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It - Mirror In the Bathroom

    17.  Liliput- Split

    Buy Liliput - Kleenex/Liliput - Split

    18.  Mission of Burma- Academy Fight Song

    Buy Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches (Remastered) - Academy Fight Song

    19.  Joy Division- Love Will Tear Us Apart

    Buy Joy Division - Closer (Collector's Edition) - Love Will Tear Us Apart

    20.  Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band- Hungry Heart

    Buy Bruce Springsteen - The River - Hungry Heart

    21.  Elvis Costello & the Attractions- New Amsterdam

    Buy Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!! - New Amsterdam

    22.  John Lennon- Watching the Wheels

    BuyJohn Lennon - Double Fantasy (Remastered) - Watching the Wheels



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 2

    Best of 1980 Volume 2 (4/19/02)

    1.  Van Halen- Everybody Wants Some!!

    Buy Van Halen - Women and Children First - Everybody Wants Some!!

    2.  The Pretenders- Tattooed Love Boys

    Buy Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) - Tattooed Love Boys

    3.  The Cure- Play for Today

    Buy The Cure - Seventeen Seconds - Play for Today

    4.  The Jim Carroll Band- People Who Died

    Buy The Jim Carroll Band - Catholic Boy - People Who Died

    5.  Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band- Out in the Street

    Buy Bruce Springsteen - The River - Out In the Street

    6.  Jackson Browne- That Girl Could Sing

    Buy Jackson Browne - Hold Out - That Girl Could Sing

    7.  Tom Waits- Jersey Girl

    Buy Tom Waits - Heartattack and Vine - Jersey Girl

    8.  Steely Dan- Hey Nineteen

    Buy Steely Dan - Gaucho - Hey Nineteen

    9.  Prince- Dirty Mind

    Buy Prince - Dirty Mind - Dirty Mind

    10.  The Clash- Police On My Back

    Buy The Clash - Sandinista! - Police On My Back

    11.  The Dead Kennedys- Holiday in Cambodia

    Buy Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Holiday In Cambodia

    12.  Mission of Burma- Max Ernst

    Buy Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches (Remastered) - Max Ernst

    13.  X- Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not

    Buy X - Los Angeles - Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not

    14.  The Police- Man in a Suitcase

    Buy The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta - Man in a Suitcase

    15.  Diana Ross- I’m Coming Out

    Buy Diana Ross - Diana (Deluxe Edition) - I'm Coming Out

    16.  Donna Summer- On the Radio

    Buy Donna Summer - On the Radio - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2 - On the Radio

    17.  U2- I Will Follow

    Buy U2 - Boy (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] - I Will Follow

    18.  Joy Division- Isolation

    Buy Joy Division - Closer (Collector's Edition) - Isolation

    19.  Squeeze- Pulling Mussels from the Shell

    Buy Squeeze - Argybargy - Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)

    20.  Blondie- The Tide is High

    BuyBlondie - Autoamerican - The Tide Is High



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 3

    Best of 1980 Volume 3 (9/2/05)

    1.  The Soft Boys- I Wanna Destroy You

    *Not available through iTunes

    Buy Underwater Moonlight . . . And How It Got There album through Amazon

    2.  The Jam- Going Underground

    Buy The Jam - The Sound of The Jam - Going Underground

    3.  Young Marble Giants- Credit in the Straight World

    Buy Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth - Credit In the Straight World

    4.  Joy Division- Atmosphere

    Buy Joy Division - The Best Of Joy Division - Atmosphere

    5.  Peter Gabriel- Games Without Frontiers

    Buy Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers

    6.  XTC- Generals and Majors

    Buy XTC - Black Sea - Generals and Majors

    7.  The Brothers Johnson- Stomp!

    Buy The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23: The Very Best of the Brothers Johnson - Stomp!

    8.  Kurtis Blow- The Breaks

    Buy Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow - The Breaks

    9.  The Rolling Stones- Emotional Rescue

    Buy The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue (Remastered) - Emotional Rescue

    10.  Dexys Midnight Runners- Geno

    Buy Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels - Geno

    11.  The English Beat- Best Friend

    Buy The English Beat - Beat This! The Best of the English Beat - Best Friend

    12. The Selector- Too Much Pressure

    Buy The Selecter - Three Minute Hero - Too Much Pressure

    13.  The Talking Heads- Cross-Eyed and Painless

    Buy Talking Heads - Remain In Light (Remastered) - Crosseyed and Painless

    14.  Elvis Costello & the Attractions- I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down

    Buy Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!! - I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down

    15.  AC/DC- Have a Drink on Me

    *Not available through iTunes

    Buy Back in Black album through Amazon

    16.  X- Johnny Hit and Run Paulene

    Buy X - Los Angeles - Johny Hit and Run Paulene

    17.  The Pretenders- Brass in Pocket

    Buy Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) - Brass In Pocket

    18.  U2- A Day Without Me

    Buy U2 - Boy (Remastered) - A Day Without Me

    19.  Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band- Independence Day

    Buy Bruce Springsteen - The River - Independence Day

    20.  Bob Marley & the Wailers- Redemption Song

    BuyBob Marley - Uprising - Redemption Song



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 4

    Best of 1980 Volume 4  (9/8/05)

    1.  AC/DC- Back in Black

    *Not available through iTunes

    Buy Back in Black album through Amazon

    2.  Iron Maiden- Prowler

    Buy Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden - Prowler

    3.  The Pretenders- Up the Neck

    Buy Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) - Up the Neck

    4.  X- The World’s A Mess it’s in My Kiss

    Buy X - Los Angeles - The World's a Mess; It's In My Kiss

    5.  The Soft Boys- Kingdom of Love

    *Not available through iTunes

    Buy Underwater Moonlight . . . And How It Got There album through iTunes

    6.  U2- Into the Heart

    Buy U2 - Boy (Remastered) - Into the Heart

    7.  Echo & the Bunnymen- Do It Clean

    Buy Echo & The Bunnymen - Crocodiles - Do It Clean

    8.  Joy Division- Heart and Soul

    Buy Joy Division - Closer (Collector's Edition) - Heart and Soul

    9.  The Talking Heads- Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)

    Buy Talking Heads - Remain In Light (Remastered) - Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)

    10.  The Feelies- Fa-Cee-La

    Buy The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms - Fa Cé-La

    11.  Squeeze- Another Nail in My Heart

    Buy Squeeze - Argybargy - Another Nail In My Heart

    12.  The Gap Band- Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)

    Buy The Gap Band - Gap Band: Ultimate Collection - Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)

    13.  The Whispers- And the Beat Goes On

    Buy The Whispers - Greatest Hits - And the Beat Goes On

    14.  Prince- Uptown

    Buy Prince - Dirty Mind - Uptown

    15.  David Bowie- Fashion

    Buy David Bowie - Scary Monsters - Fashion

    16.  The Clash- Magnificent Seven

    Buy The Clash - Sandinista! - The Magnificent Seven

    17.  The Jam- Pretty Green

    Buy The Jam - Sound Affects (Remastered) - Pretty Green

    18.  Dexys Midnight Runners- There, There My Dear

    Buy Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels - There There My Dear

    19.  George Jones- He Stopped Loving Her Today

    BuyGeorge Jones - George Jones: 16 Biggest Hits - He Stopped Loving Her Today



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 5

    Best of 1980 Volume 5 (6/22/07)

    1.  Bauhaus- Dark Entries

    Buy Bauhaus - In the Flat Field - Dark Entries

    2.  The B-52s- Private Idaho

    Buy The B-52's - Wild Planet - Private Idaho

    3.  Iron Maiden- Sanctuary

    Buy Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden - Sanctuary

    4.  The Cure- A Forest

    Buy The Cure - Seventeen Seconds - A Forest

    5.  The Soft Boys- Underwater Moonlight

    *Not available through iTunes

    Buy Underwater Moonlight . . . And How It Got There album through Amazon

    6.  Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band- The River

    Buy Bruce Springsteen - The River - The River

    7.  Orange Juice- Blue Boy

    Buy Orange Juice - Mister Foe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Blue Boy

    8.  The Jam- Monday

    Buy The Jam - Sound Affects (Remastered) - Monday

    9.  Dexys Midnight Runners- Seven Days Too Long

    Buy Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels - Seven Days Too Long

    10.  Elvis Costello & the Attractions- High Fidelity

    Buy Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!! - High Fidelity

    11.  The Treacherous Three- The Body Rock

    *Not available through iTunes

    Buy Back To The Old School – Turn It Up compilation through Amazon

    12.  The Talking Heads- The Great Curve

    Buy Talking Heads - Remain In Light (Remastered) - The Great Curve

    13.  The Pretenders- Mystery Achievment

    Buy Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) - Mystery Achievement

    14.  Siouxsie & the Banshees- Christine

    Buy Siouxsie & The Banshees - The Best of Siouxsie and The Banshees - Christine

    15.  U2- Out of Control

    Buy U2 - Boy (Remastered) - Out of Control

    16.  Devo- Freedom of Choice

    Buy Devo - Freedom of Choice - Freedom of Choice

    17.  Split Enz- I Got You

    Buy Split Enz - History Never Repeats - The Best of Split Enz - I Got You

    18.  John Lennon- Woman

    Buy John Lennon - Double Fantasy (Remastered) - Woman

    19.  Josef K- Final Request

    Buy Josef K - Entomology - Final Request

    20.  David Bowie- It’s No Game (Part 2)

    Buy David Bowie - Scary Monsters - It's No Game, Pt. 2

    21.  Young Marble Giants- Final Day

    BuyYoung Marble Giants - Colossal Youth - Final Day



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 6

    Best of 1980 Volume 6 (6/23/07)

    1.  The Jam- Start!

    Buy The Jam - The Sound of The Jam - Start!

    2.  The Ramones- Do You Remember Rock N’ Roll Radio

    Buy The Ramones - Hey Ho Lets Go - Greatest Hits (Remastered) - Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio

    3.  The Fall- Totally Wired

    Buy The Fall - Grotesque (After the Gramme) - Totally Wired

    4.  OMD- Electricity

    Buy Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark - Electricity

    5.  Young Marble Giants- Searching for Mr. Right

    Buy Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth - Searching for Mr Right

    6.  U2- 11 O’Clock Tick Tock

    Buy U2 - Boy (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] - 11 O'Clock Tick Tock

    7.  The Pretenders- The Wait

    Buy Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) - The Wait

    8.  Joy Division- Twenty Four Hours

    Buy Joy Division - Closer (Collector's Edition) - Twenty Four Hours

    9.  Echo & the Bunnymen- Rescue

    Buy Echo & The Bunnymen - Crocodiles - Rescue

    10.  Queen- Another One Bites the Dust

    Buy Queen - The Game - Another One Bites the Dust

    11.  Madness- Embarrassment

    *Not available through iTunes

    Buy Absolutely album through Amazon

    12.  Devo- Girl U Want

    Buy Devo - Freedom of Choice - Girl U Want

    13.  Blondie- Call me

    Buy Blondie - Greatest Hits - Call Me

    14.  Elvis Costello & the Attractions- Love for Tender

    Buy Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!! - Love for Tender

    15.  Bob Marley & the Wailers- Pimper’s Paradise

    Buy Bob Marley - Uprising - Pimper's Paradise

    16.  The Clash- Bankrobber

    Buy The Clash - The Clash - The Singles - Bankrobber

    17.  Lakeside- Fantastic Voyage

    Buy Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage - Fantastic Voyage

    18.  Dexys Midnight Runners- Tell Me When My Light Turns Green

    Buy Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels - Tell Me When My Light Turns Green

    19.  Willie Nelson- On the Road Again

    Buy Willie Nelson - 16 Biggest Hits: Willie Nelson - On the Road Again

    20.  The Police- De Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da

    Buy The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta - De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

    21.  The English Beat- Whine & Grine/Stand Down Margaret

    Buy The English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It - Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret

    22.  Billy Joel- It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

    BuyBilly Joel - The Essential Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 7

    Best of 1980 Volume 7 (2/27/10)

    1.  Rush- The Spirit of Radio

    Buy Rush - Permanent Waves - The Spirit of Radio

    2. Van Halen- And the Cradle Will Rock…

    Buy Van Halen - Women and Children First - And the Cradle Will Rock...

    3.  Iron Maiden- Running Free

    Buy Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden - Running Free

    4.  Motorhead- Jailbait

    Buy Motörhead - Ace of Spades - Jailbait

    5.  AC/DC- You Shook Me All Night Long

    *Not available via iTunes       Buy Back in Black Album

    6.  Pat Benatar- Hit Me with Your Best Shot

    Buy Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion - Hit Me with Your Best Shot

    7.  Pete Townsend- Let My Love Open the Door

    Buy Pete Townshend - Empty Glass - Let My Love Open the Door

    8.  Orange Juice- Simply Thrilled Honey

    *Track not available via iTunes.         Buy The Glasgow School Album

    9.  Young Marble Giants- Brand-New-Life

    Buy Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth - Brand - New - Life

    10.  John Lennon & Yoko Ono- (Just Like) Starting Over

    Buy John Lennon - Double Fantasy (Remastered) - (Just Like) Starting Over

    11.  Bob Marley & the Wailers- Could You Be Loved

    Buy Bob Marley - Uprising - Could You Be Loved

    12.  The Pretenders- Kid

    Buy Pretenders - Pretenders (Remastered) - Kid

    13.  The Police- Driven to Tears

    Buy The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta - Driven to Tears

    14.  Joy Division- Atrocity Exhibition

    Buy Joy Division - Closer (Collector's Edition) - Atrocity Exhibition

    15.  The Fall- New Face in Hell

    Buy The Fall - Grotesque (After the Gramme) - New Face In Hell

    16.  The Raincoats- Fairytale in the Supermarket

    *Track not available via iTunes             Buy The RaincoatsAlbum

    17.  The Specials- Stereotype

    Buy The Specials - Stereo-Typical - A's, B's & Rarities - Stereotype

    18.  The Feelies- Crazy Rhythms

    Buy The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms - Crazy Rhythms

    19.  Madness- Baggy Trousers

    *Track not available via iTunes           Buy Ultimate CollectionAlbum

    20.  Paul Simon- Late in the Evening

    Buy Paul Simon - One Trick Pony - Late In the Evening



  • Mixes By Year: Best of 1980 Volume 8

    Best of 1980 Volume 8 (2/27/10)

    1.  The Treacherous Three- The New Rap Language

    *Not available via iTunes or Amazon

    2.  Zapp- More Bounce to the Ounce

    Buy Zapp - Zapp - More Bounce to the Ounce

    3.  Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five- Freedom

    Buy Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five - The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Freedom

    4.  Stevie Wonder- Master Blaster (Jammin’)

    Buy Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July - Master Blaster (Jammin')

    5.  Generation X- Dancing with Myself

    Buy Generation X - Anthology - Dancing With Myself

    6.  The Feelies- Loveless Love

    Buy The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms - Loveless Love

    7.  Squeeze- If I Didn’t Love You

    Buy Squeeze - Argybargy - If I Didn't Love You

    8.  Dire Straits- Romeo and Juliet

    Buy Dire Straits - Making Movies - Romeo and Juliet

    9.  The Clash- Somebody Got Murdered

    Buy The Clash - Sandinista! - Somebody Got Murdered

    10.  Diamond Head- Am I Evil?

    Buy Diamond Head - Am I Evil - Am I Evil

    11.  Joy Division- A Means to an End

    Buy Joy Division - Closer (Collector's Edition) - A Means to an End

    12.  Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band- Fade Away

    Buy Bruce Springsteen - The River - Fade Away

    13.  Martha & the Muffins- Echo Beach

    Buy Martha and The Muffins - Faraway In Time - Echo Beach

    14.  ABBA- The Winner Takes It All

    Buy ABBA - Super Trouper - The Winner Takes It All