Random Nonsense #12

Blog Poll: The Eighties. A good time for music, you think? 53% vote 'Yes', 47% vote 'No'.

Following on from our favourite albums of the Nineties, today it’s the turn of the Eighties.

Because this is, arguably, a tough one, nobody will blame you if providing a list of ten albums is pushing it a bit and you can only think of three or four. Really.

A few things by Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, U2 and Pink Floyd – not forgetting David’s second solo release, ‘About Face’ – and that was about it, wasn’t it? I think I remember seeing some tumbleweed, too. Driven mad by electronica and trying to escape from striped leggings, probably.

Please prove me wrong by casting your vote in this poll… But I don’t think you can.

Once you’ve done that, to bring you back to better (well, you tell me) musical times, have a look at this. It’s one of the first of many ‘Live in Gdańsk’ interviews, as David begins the amusing routine of answering the same question repeatedly.

Thanks to Tom for bringing it to my attention.

Let’s see which albums you like from the Eighties, then.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

105 thoughts on “Random Nonsense #12”

  1. Hi Fed and all good folks,

    Aaagh, the 80s – not a time I look back on fondly music-wise SO this is just what I purchased:

    Steely Dan/Gaucho….masterful stuff
    Level 42 – Running in the Family + the 1st album (loved the bass playing)
    Metallica – Kill ’em All/Ride the Lightning etc. (Cliff Burton’s bass lines were/and still are spellbinding)
    Donald Fagen – The Nightfly
    Guns n Roses – Appetite for Destruction, 1987 – Classic

    AND of course Floyd + U2

    That’s all….

    Here comes the soccer season Fed…get ready now.

    [It can’t come soon enough. Quite right about Metallica and Guns n Roses, by the way. – FEd]

  2. FEd, I disagree with you. I liked the 80s!

    I couldn’t keep my list to 10, so I’ve got 15:

    The Police – “Synchronicity”
    Duran Duran – “Rio”
    Michael Jackson – “Thriller” and “Bad”
    Kate Bush – “Never for Ever”, “The Dreaming”, “Hounds of Love” and “The Sensual World”
    Prince – “Purple Rain”
    A-Ha – “Hunting High and Low”
    Paul Simon – “Graceland”
    U2 – “The Joshua Tree”
    Queen – “A Kind of Magic”
    Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.”
    Tears for Fears – “The Seeds of Love”

    [Not bad. I own six of those. Also, my apologies. I did forget – as did you – the UK’s third best-selling album of all time (I think): Dire Straits, ‘Brothers in Arms’. It took a while to recover from the traumatic memory of The Kids From Fame, you see. That’s my excuse, anyway. – FEd]

  3. This is hard, there are few albums from the ’80s that I would listen to today & I was going through a transition from vinyl to cassette & then to CD. I dont have any cassettes at all any more, I used to have a player in my car that liked to eat them.

    Anyway my list of bands I would still listen to today (not quite the answer to your question Fed).

    Bryan Adams
    Fleetwood Mac
    David Gilmour
    Peter Gabriel
    Paul McCartney

  4. Jinx – Rory Gallagher
    Welcome to the Boomtown – David & David
    About Face – David Gilmour
    Journeyman – Eric Clapton
    Back to the Centre – Paul Brady
    Roll With It – Steve Winwood
    Arc of a Diver – Steve Winwood
    Texas Flood – SRV
    Piece by Piece – John Martyn
    Building the Perfect Beast – Don Henley

    [Ah, ‘Building the Perfect Beast’. Forgot that one. – FEd]

  5. Here are my top ten of the eighties besides the obvious DG related albums:

    Tom Petty – Southern Accents
    Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien
    Dire Straits – Making Movies
    Buck Dharma – Flat Out (My 2nd favorite guitarist behind DG)
    AC/DC – Back In Black
    Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna
    Asia – Asia
    Blue Oyster Cult – Imaginos
    Van Halen – Fair Warning
    Neil Young – This Note’s For You

  6. Dark times indeed!

    Apart from the aforementioned, I’d add Kraftwerk’s “Computer World” to the list of “standout moments” from the ’80s, not forgetting Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man”.

    Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction” was in there at the latter part and I even remember having “Synchronicity”, so yes, even I have a POLICE record!


  7. [Driven mad by electronica and trying to escape from striped leggings, probably. – FEd]

    LOL! That part of the ’80s was pants, but you’re forgetting heavy metal.

    Here’s my list.

    Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)
    Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)
    Dream Theater – When Dream and Day Unite (1989)
    AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)
    Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet (1986)
    Def Leppard – Pyromania (1983)
    Alice Cooper – Trash (1989)
    Aerosmith – Pump (1989)
    Motorhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
    Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986)

    [Fair point, Ben. My hands are up (not really, obviously, as I’m typing, but you catch my drift). Not really my cup of tea, heavy metal, but that’s a decent list. – FEd]

  8. Hmm 3 albums, there were so many I cannot remember but the ones that stood out for me were.

    1. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome
    2. Pink Floyd – The Final Cut (I have always LOVED that album – some excellent Gilmour guitar work on it too; very emotional indeed)
    3. Human League – Dare

    The Eighties was a great time for me and I loved the music.

    [But can you think of seven more? – FEd]

  9. Oh yes, and Tears for Fears’ ‘Songs from the Big Chair’ was soooooooooooo good too.

    [OK, six more? – FEd]

  10. i’m going to find it hard to come up with 10 great albums from the ’80s, but i’ll try anyway.

    forget U2 and michael jackson, the ‘underground’ metal scene is where a lot of the best music came from. here’s my favourites from the ’80s (in order of year released):

    AC/DC – ‘back in black’ (their last great album)
    david gilmour – ‘about face’ (probably his weakest solo effort but still better then a lot of other stuff from the ’80s. however i think ‘blue light’ is the worst song he’s ever written)
    iron maiden – ‘live after death’
    metallica – ‘master of puppets’ (when they were actually good!)
    slayer – ‘reign in blood’ (heaviest album ever! definitely not one for the girls!)
    iron maiden – ‘seventh son of a seventh son’
    pink floyd – ‘delicate sound of thunder’ (still has the best version of ‘shine on you crazy diamond’)

  11. 10 albums from the ’80s…they were so good I don’t remember!

    Once we stopped buying vinyl and moved onto CD most groups were replaced with greatest hits and best of like Queen, Roxy Music, Kate Bush Police U2 etc. Only Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and of course Floyd were ones where the original albums were re-purchased on CD and I have to confess that these days I only listen to the latter and all our Floyd/Gilmour/Waters/Wright albums are enough to keep us Amused to D….!

    One thing: on Sept 22nd are all the variations on the package going to be released on the same day?

    And as an off topic, seeing Michael Phelps swim his way to all those Olympic golds I wonder if his favourite song is ‘Comfortably Swum’!

    Have a lovely weekend one and all best wishes

    [They’ll all be out on the same day, yes. The vinyl might be hard to find in some parts, as there won’t be that many vinyl sets produced, so it’s definitely best to pre-order that one to avoid disappointment. – FEd]

  12. Sorry, FED. I really must get new glasses I thought you wanted 3. Don’t ask. Anyway bit hectic in office today, I’ll post 6 more tonight.



    [I’ll look forward to seeing them, Julie. – FEd]

  13. 01. Nirvana – Bleach
    02. Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse
    03. Meat Puppets – II
    04. Pixies – Come on Pilgrim
    05. Pixies – Doolittle
    06. Donald Fagen – The Nighfly
    07. Meat Puppets – Up on the Sun
    08. Neil Young – Freedom
    09. Roger Waters – The Pros and Cons
    10. Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes

    [You know, I didn’t like his ‘Freedom’ album much. Good to see the Pixies mentioned, though. – FEd]

  14. Cont’d…

    I sneaked back.

    5. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
    6. Jeff Beck – There and Back
    7. Fleetwood Mac – Tango in the Night
    8. Prince – Purple Rain
    9. Motorhead – Ace of Spades
    10. Guns & Roses – Appetite for Destruction.

    Now, back to work for me.

    Kind regards.


    [Mustn’t forget Annie Lennox. One of the voices of the decade, don’t you think? – FEd]

  15. Cameo – She’s Strange (1984)
    Depeche Mode – 101 (1989)
    Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985)
    Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw And The Cooked (1989)
    Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
    Legião Urbana – Dois (1986)
    Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)
    Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound Of Thunder (1988)
    Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden (1988)
    U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

  16. [Mustn’t forget Annie Lennox. One of the voices of the decade, don’t you think? – FEd]


    And I should have said “Love is a Stranger!” as “Sweet Dreams” was on that album. I just loved her style too.

    [One of the voices of the past several decades, even. – FEd]

  17. Hi FEd!

    My favourites:

    David Gilmour – About Face
    Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason/Delicate Sound of Thunder
    All Dire Straits album from this time
    Eric Clapton – Journeyman

    Not entirely music: Pink Floyd – The Wall film version


    Thomas from Hungary

  18. I’ve missed out the obvious:

    David Bowie – Let’s Dance
    Roxy Music – Avalon
    The Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
    Human League – Dare
    Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
    Kate Bush – Hounds of Love & The Whole Story (I know it’s a compilation, but it’s a good one)
    Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
    U2 – Joshua Tree
    Peter Gabriel – So

  19. Very difficult:

    Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason
    Joy Division – Closer
    Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring
    Caravan – Back to Front
    Ten Years After – About Time
    Peter Hammill – Love Songs
    Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver
    Magazine – Play
    Snowy White – (The album with Bird of Paradise on it)
    Budgie – We Came We Saw We Conquered
    David Gilmour – About Face

    [That Snowy White album would be ‘White Flames’ from 1983. – FEd]

  20. PS: The ’80s were not all bad though. Coventry won the FA cup in 1987.

    I was at Wembley that day. Seated behind the goal where Keith Houchen scored with his diving header.

    Anyone remember it?

    [I do, you beat Spurs. Ray Clemence was in goal that day. – FEd]

  21. Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy (1989)
    Roger Waters – The Pros & Cons of Hitch-Hiking (1984)
    Kraftwerk – Computerwelt (1981)
    Pete Townshend – Empty Glass (1980)
    Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
    Pink Floyd – The Final Cut (1983)
    U2 – Rattle & Hum (1988)
    Queen – A Kind of Magic (1986)
    Dire Straits – Alchemy (Live) (1984)
    Jimmy Page – Outrider (1988)


    [‘Rattle & Hum’ was a good one. ‘War’ was another highlight, as was ‘October’… – FEd]

  22. The ’80s were good to me…

    Utopia – Swing to the Right
    Utopia – Adventures in Utopia
    Todd Rundgren – Nearly Human
    ZZ Top – Eliminator
    U2 – Joshua Tree
    Toto – IV
    The Tonight Show Band w/ Doc Severenson
    Stray Cats – Built for Speed
    Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Step
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    Roger Waters – Radio KAOS
    Huey Lewis & The News – Fore

  23. hahaha, I’ve been waiting for it FEd, I love the ’80s I have to say, it’s my childhood, and despite a lot of bad hair and other countless sins, the ’80s were a very juicy, spicy decade for music.

    as for the list I’ll do a little cheating, which is:

    U2 (all records)
    floyd – a momentary lapse of reason
    david gilmour – same
    peter gabriel (all records)
    police – LIVE!
    talking heads – remain in light
    falco – einzelhaft (a very austrian matter)
    daniel lanois – acadie
    queen – hot space

    there’s many more, but if only for these, the ’80s were a golden decade, and there’s countless single songs of course, one of my all time favourites would be bowie’s “absolute beginners”.

    [Bernhard, I think we’ll have to do one for singles, because I can think of many good songs, but don’t know if the rest of the album warrants its inclusion in a Top Ten list here. – FEd]

  24. Ah, the 80s. There was so much going on it’s really hard to narrow it down to ten – I’m going to have to cheat a bit with at least a shout out of some of the groups.

    There were ten great albums from the dance club days alone, from the likes of the Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Roxy Music, English Beat, Specials, Duran Duran, Ministry, B-52s, Split Enz, Crowded House. Not to mention music from the skater Betty days, jamming to crazy hardcore or metal from Minor Threat, Decendents, Sub Humans, GBH, Exploited, DRI, Crass, Misfits, Ozzy Osborne, Guns N Roses – what a kick!

    Okay, back to the real task. My record player and Walkman were more often playing:

    Marillion – Misplaced Childhood
    XTC – Skylarking
    Bauhaus – Mask
    Cure – Head on the Door
    Siouxie and the Banshees – Peepshow
    Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
    The Damned – Anything (just got my tix for the Oct SF show)
    Metallica – Master of Puppets
    NIN – Pretty Hate Machine
    Danzig – Danzig 1 (they got toooo scary after that)

    Of all the frantic music from that time tho, Momentary Lapse of Reason was my hands-down favorite, followed by About Face and The Final Cut. DG/PF rules in all eras and the UK dominated most music scenes in the 80s.

    Thanks for the trip down an alternative memory-lane, FEd. 🙂

  25. Hi guys,

    Didn’t think I’d have anything to add to this list, apart from the obvious Pink Floyd stuff.

    Just one to add from me.

    The Cure – Disintegration.

    I think it’s fantastically gloomy. Which, I don’t know about you, cheers me up, lol.

  26. I’ll get to my albums when I have more time to ponder. But personally and as a musician the 80s were very disappointing. Considering this was my coming of age decade (I was 14 in 1980 and first picked up a guitar then) I was very backward looking in terms of my influences.

    Spandex metal hair bands or cheap keyboard based dance pop? I can’t decide which I loathed more. Like every decade, you take the good with the bad. For me, the balance fell to the latter.

    But I know there are some gems in there to include some artists such as Peter Gabriel, The Police, and Tears for Fears.


  27. Putting aside any Pink Floyd, their members past and present…

    … and david, what’s wrong with ‘Blue Light’ anyway? Especially the video! It’s eighties at its purest. Can we have a Blu-Ray reissue? Pretty please… Oh go on… you know you want to! 😉

    Dire Straits, ‘Love Over Gold’ (1982) – ‘Telegraph Road’ anyone?
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood, ‘Welcome to the Pleasuredome’ (1984)
    Art of Noise, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise?’ (1984)
    Tears for Fears, ‘Songs from the Big Chair’ (1985)
    Eurythmics, ‘Revenge’ (1986)
    Enya, ‘Watermark’ (1988)
    Jesus Jones, Liquidizer’ (1989)
    Faith No More, ‘The Real Thing’ (1989)
    Claytown Troupe, ‘Through The Veil’ (1989)
    Nine Inch Nails, ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ (1989)

    Arrrgh! I forgot these… an honorary mention to the first couple of albums from The Pixies and Red Hot Chilli Peppers…

  28. Dire Straits ~ Brothers in Arms
    U2 ~ The Joshua Tree
    Paul Simon ~ Graceland
    Prince ~ Purple Rain
    Eurythmics ~ Sweet Dreams
    Back In The High Life ~ Steve Winwood
    Legend ~ Bob Marley
    Nightfall ~ David Lanz
    Cristofori’s Dream ~ David Lanz
    Labour of Love ~ UB40

    Memories of raising children … that’s what I did in the ’80s and these albums transport me back to those times!

    Peace and love!

  29. Here I go:

    Talking Heads – Remain in Light
    Peter Gabriel – Security
    The Police – Ghost in the Machine
    King Crimson – Discipline
    Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair
    Robert Plant – The Principle of Moments
    Dire Straights – Brothers in Arms
    Paul Simon – Graceland
    Tears for Fears – The Seeds of Love
    Joe Satriani – Surfing with the Alien

  30. Ah Fed, ye of little faith. It is tough to find 10 solid albums for this decade but with enough work it can be done.

    I’m not even including A Momentary Lapse of Reason or The Final Cut or About Face on this list.

    (By the way the Final Cut is a much better album than anyone gives it credit and some of David’s best guitar solo work is on that album, the title track, “The Fletcher Memorial Home” and “Not Now John”; and for those to go unrecognized is just shameful. So even more kudos to you David for producing great work in a much less than ideal environment.)

    Ok now that I’m done with my tangent here goes; in no particular order:

    Michael Jackson- Thriller (THE album of the ’80s)
    Metallica- Ride the Lightning
    Metallica- Master of Puppets
    Phil Collins- Face Value
    AC/DC- Back in Black
    Peter Gabriel- So
    Guns N’ Roses- Appetite for Destruction
    U2- The Joshua Tree
    Beastie Boys- Licensed to Ill
    R.E.M.- Document

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

  31. So, excluding U2 (because they had an amazing decade of work), Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson (yeah, I know but I can’t deny the music) and David Gilmour.

    I got up to two handwritten pages before I stopped. It was not as bad a decade as I’d thought.

    Bruce Springsteen: The River/Nebraska/Born in the USA/Tunnel of Love
    Van Morrison: Irish Heartbeat (w/The Chieftains)/Avalon Sunset (no, I don’t care that Cliff Richard is on this, it’s gorgeous)
    Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual/True Colors
    Robbie Robertson (does not record enough)
    INXS: Listen Like Thieves/Kick
    Guns n Roses: Appetite For Destruction
    Robert Cray: Strong Persuader
    Aerosmith: Pump
    Motley Crue: Theatre of Pain/Dr. Feelgood
    Def Leppard: Pyromania/Hysteria
    Roxy Music: Avalon
    Metallica: Master of Puppets/And Justice For All
    Judas Priest: British Steel
    Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast
    Queen: A Kind of Magic/The Miracle

    Some of the guitar work cited above is so good I’d like to eat it with a spoon.

    [Nicely put, Jill. – FEd]

  32. Yeah it’s difficult…

    Mine are:

    1. Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
    2. Metallica – Kill’em All
    3. Peter Gabriel – So
    4. Genesis – Genesis
    5. Metallica – Master Of Puppets

    I think that’s it…

  33. [ZZ Top – Eliminator]

    God, how can I forget that fantastic album?

    I wore my LP out due to playing it too much. What a classic.

  34. IMHO, music in the eighties was pretty dire, with the notable exception of a very small number of artists/albums:-

    1) Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
    2) Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder
    3) Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason
    4) U2 – Joshua Tree
    5) U2 – Unforgettable Fire
    6) U2 – Under a Blood Red Sky
    7) David Gilmour – About Face
    8) U2 – Rattle & Hum
    9) Roger Waters – Pros & Cons of Hitch Hiking
    10) Roger Waters – Radio KAOS….or maybe the Waterboys with Fisherman’s Blues was better than that one.

    Luckily, the nineties came along with some great music.

    The Billboard interview was interesting. Good to hear that David has some possible ‘new’ material, though it would be wonderful to think Messrs Gilmour and Wright could pool together their recently written music to produce something that would be worthy of a Pink Floyd album. I know it’s controversial, but the best music on the later Floyd and Gilmour albums are when David and Richard have written stuff together.

  35. Well, this is a tough one, FED! Didn’t think I could do it, but, many thanks to the bloggers for jarring my memory banks!

    PF – Momentary Lapse (Can they exist without RW? Yes, they can!)
    DG – About Face (“Murder” is a gem!)
    Jethro Tull – Crest of a Knave
    George Harrison – Cloud Nine
    Tears For Fears – Sowing the Seeds of Love
    Crowded House – Crowded House
    Dire Sraits – Brothers in Arms (Superb guitar work and songs)
    Peter Gabriel – So
    Jeff Beck – Guitar Shop (Unbelievable musician!)
    Allan Holdsworth – Metal Fatigue

    So, I guess the 80s were not all that bad…

    Bill C

  36. Once again, I will steer clear of the obvious PF, David’s ‘About Face’ & a certain ex-PF bassist’s output from the ’80s. Although I must give a special mention to Nick Mason’s Fictitious Sports from ’81, featuring Robert Wyatt in fine form.

    I will also try not to duplicate many fine albums already mentioned by others.

    So here goes…

    Defector : Steve Hackett (1980)
    Duke : Genesis (1980)
    Face Value : Phil Collins (1981)
    Architecture & Morality : Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1981)
    Eye In The Sky : Alan Parsons Project (1982)
    Highly Strung : Steve Hackett (1983)
    The Works : Queen (1984)
    Boys & Girls : Bryan Ferry (1985) featuring David (and Jon Carin)
    Stereotomy : Alan Parsons Project (1985)
    Invisible Touch : Genesis (1986)

    FEd, when you get to the ’70s you’re going to have to do it year by year…

    [It will be a lot harder to keep to ten, won’t it? – FEd]

  37. This selection reflects some choices that were popular with me in their time – and sometimes I still crack them open. (‘About Face’ I had first as an LP and have recently gone for the remastered CD.)

    No preferred order here at all:

    1. About Face – David Gilmour
    2. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
    3. Be Yourself Tonight – Eurythmics
    4. Daniel Lanois – Acadie
    5. Joshua Tree – U2 (don’t have it, but I remember liking it in it’s time)
    6. Brian Wilson – Brian Wilson (Love & Mercy, et al)
    7. Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason (I came to this later on, though)
    8. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
    9. Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
    10. Peter Gabriel – So

    10+.Marianne Faithful – Strange Weather

    I’ll do better with your ’70s game.

  38. Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason
    Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
    Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder
    Roger Waters – Pros and Cons
    Roger Waters – Radio Kaos
    Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz
    Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
    Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon
    Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin
    Metallica – Ride the Lightning

    BTW, I recently read that Michael Kamen was involved with The Call of Ktulu (the last song off Ride the Lightning). That’s a great tune.

  39. Ahhh, even though the big ’80s gets panned for cheesy hair bands, new wave and that sort of junk, I loved that era. Quite a few gems have come from it.

    Here’s my 10 reasons:

    1) Pink Floyd – Final Cut
    2) David Gilmour – About Face
    3) Jimmy Page – Outrider
    4) Robert Plant – Pictures at Eleven
    5) Roger Waters – Pros and Cons of Hitch-hiking
    6) The Who – It’s Hard
    7) Dire Straits – Love Over Gold
    8) Dire Straits – Making Movies
    9) REM – Murmur
    10) Pete Townshend – All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

  40. Hi everyone. 🙂

    Let’s go back to the 80s!!!

    Best Of All : The Final Cut / A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (of course …)

    1 – Barclay James Harvest : Ring Of Changes / Face To Face
    2 – Genesis : Mama, Abacab
    3 – Alan Parsons’ Project : Eye in the Sky
    4 – Gérard Manset : Matrice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    5 – R. Waters : Radio KAOS / Pros & Cons of Hitch-Hiking
    6 – D. Gilmour : About Face
    7 – N. Mason : Fictitious Sports (Carla Bley !!) & Profiles !!!
    8 – L. Cohen : Various Positions & I’m Your Man
    9 – Dire Straits : Love Over Gold (Telegraph Road !!!)
    10 – Kate Bush : Sensual World

    And still some excellent French singers or bands like Téléphone for instance. 😉

  41. Oh crap.

    Just looked over all the other lists and I could easily have made it the top 30 LPs from the 80s.


    [Surprising, isn’t it? – FEd]

  42. I don’t think the eighties was that bad for music. It sure destroyed a lot of the good stuff fro the previous two-three decades, but I enjoy more music from the ’80s than the ’90s.

    That said, here’s kinda the list:

    Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
    Queen – A Kind of Magic
    Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
    Steely Dan – Gaucho
    David Gilmour – About Face
    Roger Wwaters – Radio K.A.O.S.

    Wow.. There must be more music which I don’t recollect just now..

    For that interview.. I’m suprised it wasn’t any questons about any poosible reunion. Isn’t that the most repeated question in every Floyd-related interview?

    Can’t wait to see the ’70s lists!

  43. Aah the 80s – Come on Ulli, tell us how great it was .. Mullets and all.

    Not my favourite era and not David’s either, but I’m sure there are some wee pearls in there … these stand up in any era. That 1001 albums book has 200 odd pages for goodness sake…

    1. G’n’R – Appetite for Destruction (cleared my mind nicely after my final Accountancy exam !)
    2. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast – all the metal you’ll ever need
    3. M. Jackson – Thriller – can’t be denied
    4. Springsteen – Born in the USA – not nearly as dumb as some people think
    5. Paul Simon – Graceland – actually I haven’t played that for a while
    6. Peter Gabriel – So – full of gems
    7. U2 – The Joshua Tree – their defining moment
    8. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses – lots of people’s all time favourite
    9. Elvis Costello – King of America – EC did great work all through the 80s
    10. Sting – Nothing Like The Sun – you can’t have too many covers of Little Wing, I say.

  44. Striped leggings? I was into T`pau in the late eighties, and Carol Decker wore the smallest, striped mini skirts! in fact it was my first concert I went to. But before I get a ribbing off you lot, I was 14 years old at the time, and fancied Carol like mad!

    Fortunately, the years and wisdom teaches you something and that`s how I ended up here on this blog.

    Yes, the eighties music didn`t have much to offer did it? The decade for the guitar came after!

  45. […and david, what’s wrong with ‘Blue Light’ anyway? Especially the video! its eighties at its purest – Nate]

    uh that’s exactly its problem. it’s just TOO eighties sounding, too ‘pop’ in other words.

    that’s not the gilmour i know. the gilmour i know is a rock god not a pop star! he came very close to selling out on that one but it was the eighties so i’ll forgive for it.

    i prefer gilmour to stay ‘underground’ thanks, not some well-known celebrity pop star like miley cyrus or robbie williams.

  46. I was a child in the 80s (born in 81) so my actual recollections are a pit sparse – I DO remember singing Warrant’s “She’s my Cherry Pie” in the 2nd grade and seeing the look of disgust on a class mate’s face.

    Here’s my list of my top 80s Albums that I discovered in the 90s (in no particular order):

    Joy Division – Closer
    The Cure – Disintegration (+ others)
    Metallica – Master of Puppets (the greatest metal album of all time)
    Van Halen – 1984 (I don’t care what you say, it rocks)
    Guns and Roses – Appetite for Destruction
    Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse
    Crowded House – Crowded House

    They’re the standouts for me anyway.

  47. Tears for Fears – “The Hurting”
    R.E.M. – “Document,” “Murmur,” “Reckoning”
    Miles Davis – “Man With A Horn”
    The Police – “Zenyatta Mondatta”
    Einzturzende Neubaten – “Five On The Open-Ended Richter Scale”
    Talking Heads – “Remain In Light,” “True Stories”
    Sting – “Dream of the Blue Turtles”
    Bauhaus – “Hit The Eject And Give Me The Tape”
    Kate Bush – “Hounds of Love”
    Rush – “Grace Under Pressure”
    Peter Gabriel – “So”
    The Police – “Synchronicity”

    The 1980s a time of striped leggings and electronica? I think there may have been more going on than you remember, F’Ed!

    [Absolutely, Dan: mullets, spandex, tube socks, shell suits, electric blue, ripped stonewash jeans, shoulder pads, body-popping, boom boxes, power ballads, The A-Team, Pacman, men wearing more make-up than women… Set things up nicely for the Poll Tax riots, I thought. (I jest. You are quite right, it’s not as bad as I remember it.) – FEd]

  48. The 80s was kind of a lost decade for me musically speaking as my 3 children were born then, so needless to say, my priorities shifted drastically. However, going through my collection, this is what I found (other than PF and DG related stuff):

    Kate Bush-Never for Ever
    Don Henley-I Can’t Stand Still
    David Bowie-Lets Dance
    Bruce Springsteen-Born In The U.S.A.
    Van Halen-MCMLXXXIV (1984)
    Mike & The Mechanics-(self titled from 1985)
    The Proclaimers-Sunshine On Leith
    Steve Winwood-Back In The High Life
    Depeche Mode-Violator
    Phil Collins-But Seriously
    Tom Petty-Full Moon Fever
    Genesis-Invisible Touch
    Chris De Burgh-Spark To A Flame

    Sorry if I’ve gone over the limit but these are all that I have from the ’80s so I thought I’d just throw them all in.

  49. As they come to me (About Face taken as a given, I’m disqualifying any Floyd or ex-Floyd material):

    Daniel Lanois – Acadie
    Pete Townshend – White City
    Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
    Richard Thompson – Daring Adventures
    SRV – Texas Flood
    Robbie Robertson – Robbie Robertson
    Jeff Beck – Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop
    Camper Van Beethoven – Camper Van Beethoven
    REM – Murmur (like finger nails on a chalkboard now, but when this came out, I dug it)

    And for my joke submission: The Firm – The Firm

  50. The Police were only the biggest band in the world at some point in the first half of the 80s. You can’t leave Sting’s, ‘Dream of the Blue Turtles’ off either. And what about that Eddie Van Halen Guy…SRV, not a bad guitar player himself. He probably saved the blues single handedly from the KRAFT sponsored decade, so your point is well taken.

    I was a kid in the 80s: ages 5-14. That was a magical time. It is hard to be objective about ‘the time.’

    There is more good stuff, but I can’t bring to mind all of the names. Frank Zappa put out a boat load of stuff, but most people don’t even have the first clue about his music. Get ‘The Yellow Shark.’ –Hall and Oates has to be on the 80s list.

    Did anyone list the Pretenders?

    I have more, I cant remember.

    I have been obsessed by Pink Floyd for 15 years. Not much seems to compare…

  51. I remember some more: Anything by Joe Jackson and Jackson Browne.

    Alright, that about does it. The 80s sucked, other than all of our short lists. It must have been hard to top the 70s and a lot of people were on Coke. The giants of the 70s got complacent, fat and rich in the 80s, what did they care? And it showed…Cock rock and cheesy keyboards was the flavor of the decade. Those tastes will make you gag and get you fat…

    The music to Nintendo games was probably more well thought out than a lot of that bunk.

    I was only a child then but, I still had ears.

    Don’t fret over your semi-hollow bodies people, there was always Jazz, even in the 80s. It wasn’t dead, it just smelled funny then.

    (What the hell do you call the decade were in now? How is it named? The turn of the millennium?)

  52. Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
    Whitesnake – Ready An’ Willing
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    King Crimson – Three Of A Perfect Pair
    Eric Johnson – Ah Via Musicom
    Dire Straits – Brother In Arms
    SRV – In Step
    Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell
    ACDC – Back In Black
    U2 – Joshua Tree

    OK, I have more names but 10 are good!

  53. I have complete collections of all PF and related, King Crimson, Neil Young, U2, Metallica, and Beastie Boys from the 80s so I won’t list those 22 albums (yes, they are on vinyl) here.

    These are what influenced my world outside the above prior isolated musical existence:

    AC/DC; Back in Black-1980 (the first piece of music I ever purchased-cassette)
    The Clash; London Calling-1980 (the first band I ever saw live)
    Pretenders; The Pretenders-1980
    Madness; One Step Beyond-arrived in U.S. in early 1980
    Rush; Moving Pictures-1982
    Randy Newman; Trouble in Paradise-1983
    Paul Simon; Graceland-1986
    Traveling Wilburys; Vol. I-1988

    And yes, controversial media worth talking about:

    N.W.A.; Straight Outta Compton-1988
    Milli Vanilli; All or Nothing-1989

    So little to say . . . so much time . . .

    Honourable mention: Elvis Costello, Blue Oyster Cult, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Prince, Steely Dan, Willie Nelson, and every Massed Pipes Gathering that performed Amazing Grace.

  54. Roxy Music – Avalon
    Alan Parsons – The Turn of a Friendly Card, Eye in the Sky

    There was actually lots of good music during the 80s.

    I was also listening to Queen, The Pointer Sisters, Donna Summer, the SOS Band, etc.

    Funky stuff.

  55. About Face for sure, saw 2 shows at Massey and gave my brother the second show. If he was nervous, it didn’t show. They were magnificent.

    Journeyman by Eric is a great album. Delicate Sound and the twin tours in Toronto, FANTABULOUS!

    David really gets a kick out of Toronto doesn’t he?

    The Final Cut to me was a huge disappointment, the only song that states David in any form to me is Not Now John. He pours his heart out on that one.

  56. My number 1: Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

    I was 13 in 1987 and was really just discovering the classic rock acts. I got my start with Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, but began venturing into the classics that year.

    I remember seeing Pink Floyd’s “Learning to Fly” video on MTV and was captivated; I remember listening to the radio at night (my first signs of insomnia!) and picking up all the details in the song through my headphones: I knew this band was quite special.

    I would then discover my uncle was a Pink Floyd fan while browsing through his record collection in Texas. From that point on, Pink Floyd became my favorite band – particularly the Gilmour era Floyd. The guitar textures are fantastic: pieces like Sorrow, Yet Another Movie, Signs of Life, and One Slip are classics.

    Years later, I HAD to buy a signed Storm Thorgerson lithograph (from the man himself!) of the album cover to hang in my office. The album is that meaningful to me.

  57. From the 80s:

    I listen to Momentary Lapse and Final Cut the most.

    Other favourites: Rush – Moving Pictures, Queen – Miracle and The Game, Prince – Purple Rain and Batman, Michael Jackson – Thriller and Bad…all U2 and Dire Straits albums.

    Best rock albums: GNR – Appetite For Destruction, Wasp – Wasp, Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz, Bon Jovi New Jersey..

    This is a tricky one. Might be easier if it was the best 80s
    from 1980 to 1984 and 1985 to 1989.

    Best songs from the 80s (outside PF): Romeo & Juliet – Dire Straits, U2 – With or Without You and PSB – It’s A Sin. 🙂

    FEd: If we need to make a list of best 70s albums, then you should rule out all the PF albums.

  58. The rest, no particular order:

    Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (Best Hard Rock debut album ever)
    Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder (that heavy-sounding version of Comfortably Numb is my favorite; it has an edge that neither the original, nor the live version on Pulse can match and it includes Yet Another Movie)
    Whitesnake – 1987 (John Sykes’ guitar work on this album is quite brilliant)
    U2 – The Joshua Tree (It’s not so much something I listen to all the time as it is something that I feel we must recognize influenced many bands that followed)
    Simple Minds – Once Upon a Time
    Simple Minds – Sparkle in the Rain
    Peter Gabriel – So
    Sting – … Nothing Like the Sun (Soul Cages should have made my 90s top 10, if anything because it has some rare electric guitar work from Dominic Miller – my BAD for forgetting it!)
    Eric Clapton – Journeyman

    The 80s wasn’t that bad: The Police, other Sting albums, and quite a few Hard Rock and Heavy Metal CDs deserve mention!

  59. FEd, the ’80s still had some decent stuff produced when you look at the above lists and I agree with most.

    It was in the ’80s that I spent some time working in London and had the most amazing experience at Wembley on August 5 when I saw Pink Floyd play.

    I remember driving up north near a small town called Richmond and heard Sam Brown sing ‘Stop’ on the radio and thought, wow, what a voice. I really like the album and still play it today.

    I was really chuffed to find out later that Sam had an association with Pink Floyd and David played on her album.

    Great memories.


  60. OK… we can’t mention:

    The Final Cut
    Pros and Cons
    About Face
    Radio KAOS
    A Momentary Lapse of Reason
    Fictitious Sports

    So that’s 7…

    Anyway in no order, let’s try:

    Purple Rain, Prince
    90125, Yes
    Imagine, John Lennon
    Legend, Bob Marley
    The Uplift Mofo Party, Plan Red Hot Chili Pepps
    Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath
    Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction
    Jane’s Adiction XXX, Jane’s Addiction
    Pretty Hate Machine, NIN

  61. Hi,

    A new era for, the 70s were influenced by my older brothers and sisters with their albums of the Floyd, Tull, Genesis, Yes, Zappa, Crimson… in the 80s I was still interested in those bands but some newbies started to make noise.

    In random order,

    * Marillion – Script for a Jester Tear, ah de best debut album ever, great art work, great lyrics and excellent live gig, here in the lovely South…
    * U2 – The Unforgetrtble Fire… rebel-ish.. excellent production
    * Simple Minds – New gold Dream. For me a new sound, great drums, and still in our player at parties.
    * Donald Fagan – the Night Fly… what production… a standard…
    * Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason, a splendid album!
    * Yes – 90124 – another album that has an great sound
    * Dire Straits – Love over Gold, awesome still…
    * Alan Parsons – The Turn of a Friendly Card
    * Stve Winwood – Arc of Diver… think it all became albums with an excellent production. New techniques and CDs made that era.


  62. David:

    No one remembers these guys?

    -Neon Knights – Black Sabbath (1980) UK Singles Chart #25

    Best wishes
    Chicago, IL

  63. Add Nick Mason/Rick Fenn “Profiles” to my list from above.

    Going by previous postings regarding this album, it’s not the favorite music of very many people around here. Nick Mason doesn’t say much about it in his book, either.

    But I’ve always liked this album, even though it’s not really my taste in music.

  64. A strange decade …

    Joy Division – Closer (1980)
    The Cure – 17 Seconds (1980)
    Talking Heads – Remain In The Light (1980)
    The Clash – Combat Rock (1982)
    Pink Floyd – The Final Cut (1983)
    Richard Wright – Identity Zee (1984)
    David Gilmour – About Face (1984)
    Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
    Roger Waters – Radio KAOS (1987)
    The Stone Roses – Stone Roses (1989)

    There were some good albums by the Smiths and Psychedlic Furs too!

  65. I think I kind of felt like you Fed, – I couldn’t almost think of anything positive from the 80s – in retrospect everyone had bad and ugly clothes, hair and music.

    But hey…the more posts and thoughts, the more good stuff turned up. After all, a whole lot of fine stuff was made in that decade. Why didn’t I remember? What shapes the general awareness of the past, when in reality it was different?


  66. Hi FEd,

    that’ll be my last response for the next 4 weeks… I’m off for vacations with wife and children, and where I’ll be there is no internet. 😀

    Here’s my list:

    Back in Black – AC/DC
    About Face – David Gilmour
    Piece of Mind – Iron Maiden
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son – Iron Maiden
    Ace of Spades – Motörhead
    QE2 – Mike Oldfield
    A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Pink Floyd
    Electric Sun – Uli Jon Roth
    Crusader – Saxon
    Chinatown – Thin Lizzy

    Best regards to all and see you in four weeks!


    [Have a lovely time, Taki. – FEd]

  67. ’80s albums. Hmmmmmmm.

    No order:

    1. KICK, INXS

    Now if that aint varied, I don’t know what is.

    Jogged a few memories there FEd, so you did.

    [It took a while to recover from the traumatic memory of The Kids From Fame, you see. That’s my excuse, anyway. – FEd]

    All in time and harmony sing: “High Fidelity High…”

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  68. Hey Fed,

    Any chance you can coerce Mr Gilmour into an appearance at this (click my name)?

    Peace One Day, seems it may coincide with the release of Gdansk.. be nice to see him there.

    [It’s in London, not Tbilisi, then? – FEd]

  69. That’s pretty narrow minded, FEd… What was wrong with music in the ’80s??? I can’t think of any period where there isn’t great music… You get to the point in life where you just say “fuck it”…I like the “sound” and that’s all that matters… The ’80s was a great time for music.

    The Minutemen – What Makes A Man Start Fires?
    Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
    Minor Threat – Out Of Step
    Scary Monsters – David Bowie
    Daydream Nation/Sister – Sonic Youth
    Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys
    By All Means Necessary – Boogie Down Productions
    Surfa Rosa – Pixies
    Diesel and Dust – Midnight Oil
    Nothing’s Shocking – Jane’s Addiction
    Stronger Than Pride – Sade
    It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back – Public Enemy
    Human Frailty – Hunters & Collectors
    Seize The Rainbow – Sonny Sharrock
    Double Fantasy – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
    Zen Arcade – Husker Du
    Eliminator – ZZ Top
    Reign In Blood – Slayer
    Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
    Magic Slim & the Teardrops – Grand slam
    Laurie Anderson – Big Science
    Oh Mercy – Bob Dylan
    Journey to the Urge Within – Courtney Pine
    Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
    Outings – Steve Lacy
    Avalon – Roxy Music
    Fictitious Sports – Nick Mason
    The Struggle Continues – Dewey Redman
    WSQ – World Saxophone Quartet
    Earthworks – Earthworks
    Shoot Out The Lights – Richard And Linda Thompson
    Moving Pictures – Rush
    Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
    Devil In The Drain – Henry Kaiser
    Crosscurrents – Hilton Ruiz
    I’m Your Man – Leonard Cohen
    The Blue Mask – Lou Reed
    Seventeen Seconds – The Cure
    It Should’ve Happened A Long Time Ago – Paul Motian
    Rum, Sodomy & the Lash – The Pogues
    Damaged – Black Flag
    Freedom – Neil Young
    Fish That Sparkling Bubble – Borbetomagus
    Richard Wright/Dave Harris – Zee
    Closer – Joy Division
    Red Twist and Tuned Arrow – Christy Doran
    My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts – Brian Eno & David Byrne
    Bring The Family – John Hiatt
    Hi Infidelity – REO Speedwagon

    Just scratching the surface because there is another hundred albums that should get a mention… I could go on and on and on…

    [I’ve no doubt about it. It’s not narrow-mindedness, by the way. My opinion is that most of those are rubbish. I’d struggle to pick out ten good albums from your list of, what, 50? – FEd]

  70. Bill C…

    Kudos to your George Harrison – Cloud Nine. Very good record, holds up even today I think…

  71. [Coventry won the FA cup in 1987….. Anyone remember it? – Pete]

    I’m a Gooner, oh how we laughed!!

  72. I enjoyed much of the music from the eighties. No dark times for me.

    Here is my list:

    Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse of Reason
    David Gilmour: About Face
    Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms
    Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Genesis: Genesis
    Marillion: The Thieving Magpie
    Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime
    Iron Maiden: Powerslave
    Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell
    Warlock: Triumph and Agony
    Kate Bush: Hounds of Love
    Fates Warning: Awaken the Guardian
    Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (I know it´s pop but I don´t think that all pop is necessarily bad)
    Roxy Music: Avalon
    The Sisters of Mercy: Floodland

    Sorry for the long list.


  73. [Robbie Robertson – Robbie Robertson
    Jeff Beck – Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop – peter mcconnell]

    Well remembered, my memory lapsed about those despite seeing Jeff Beck on that tour.

    Nate: Telegraph Road….agree, great track.

  74. Personally, I think the Eighties had a lot to offer musically. I have read on here so many great albums. I loved and still love many different styles of music.

    There were also some great guitarists around but not noticed. Prince is an excellent guitarist as well as Roland Orzabel from Tears from Fears, Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor and The Police’s Andy Summers, Gary Numan, etc. etc. just to name a few.

    I am getting very nostalgic now. I loved the new romantic movement too and I still think to this day that men should wear make up. They look so good in it. But this is from someone who used to stare at my mom’s David Bowie Pin Ups album in the Seventies when I was a little girl. I was fascinated with David’s make up.

  75. Whilst I think the 80s was a pretty poor decade for music, it did occur to me that some of the best concerts I’ve seen were during that decade.

    In addition to seeing the Floyd on four tours, I also managed to see Roger Waters, U2, Dire Straits, The Police, Wishbone Ash, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Genesis, Steve Hackett and several others who must have had less of an impression on me.

    Maybe the 80s weren’t so bad after all….though it seems like such a long time ago. 🙁

  76. [By the way the Final Cut is a much better album than anyone gives it credit and some of David’s best guitar solo work is on that album, the title track, “The Fletcher Memorial Home” and “Not Now John”; and for those to go unrecognized is just shameful. So even more kudos to you David for producing great work in a much less than ideal environment. – Josh]

    My sentiments exactly. Well said, Josh.

  77. [I’m a Gooner, oh how we laughed!! – Graham Knight]

    LOL. Of course, you would have remembered it well then.

    The season after that win a Coventry fanzine (that evolved into a website) was produced called GMK (Gary Mabbutt’s Knee).

    If you remember the game you will understand why.

  78. Here is my Top 10 from the 80s

    01. Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
    02. Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
    03. The Dream Academy – The Dream Academy
    04. U2 – Joshua Tree
    05. Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
    06. Fields Of The Nephilim – The Nephilim
    07. The Church – Starfish
    08. Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound Of Thunder
    09. Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden
    10. Talk Talk – It’s My Life

  79. I feel I should get brownie points for being the only person to mention so far that Syd Barrett’s Opel was released in 1988…

  80. Definitely a controversial decade but still many great records have been made. Here’s some of my favourites:

    King Crimson – Three Of A Perfect Pair
    Pete Townshend – All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
    Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing
    Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
    Genesis – Duke
    Marillion – Seasons End
    All About Eve – Scarlet and Other Stories
    Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
    David Sylvian – Gone To Earth
    Guns & Roses – Apetite For Destruction
    The Police – Synchronicity
    Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
    Peter Gabriel – 4

  81. OK FEd…here goes…and this is just a few.

    1. Snap – The Jam (I told you Paul Weller would get a mention)
    2. Computer World – Kraftwerk
    3. This is Big Audio Dynamite – BAD
    4. True Colours – Split Enz
    5. Singles: 45’s and Under – Squeeze
    6. Soul Mining – The The
    7. Substance – New Order
    8. Kick – INXS
    9. What is Beat? – The Beat
    10. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels – Dexys Midnight Runners


  82. Perhaps fortunately I missed the 1980s and I can’t think of ten albums at the minute that I like without just filling the list up with the obvious ones.

    However, it does seem to me that the good music that was still around in the 1980s usually came from bands or musicians the started in the 1970s or even earlier.

  83. Some great lists here…

    Donald Fagen – The Nightfly! What an album, missed that one on my list.

    Liverpool for the title!!!!!!!

    Have a nice weekend


  84. I liked the 80s stuff too.

    The comeback of the mighty Floyd, Prince, Dire Straits and so on.

  85. I have a ton of nostalgia and good feeling for the 80s.

    There are a lot of things about the 80s that I would never want to revisit: the hair and fashion being among the top offenders. And while it is true that there was some truly horrible music, what decade didn’t have it’s share of standouts and stinkers?

    I personally think that the production of the 80s is what ruined a lot of albums. That said, there are many albums from the era that have had incredible longevity for me.

    For instance, Michael Jacksons Thriller was great, but has no shelf life at all-I would never listen to it today. I do still listen to Off The Wall (79), which I think is a much more enduring album. On the other hand, I still love Prince’s 1999, which still feels fresh.

    It would be fun to hear what albums people think were most exemplary of bad production techniques in the 80s and which were examples of great production.

    Have a great weekend, everyone!


  86. Momentary Lapse, Delicate Sound and About Face albums would make it. The Final Cut in my humble opinion, I’m afraid would not.

    Teenage years for me, can’t believe some of the shite I listened to. Will happily leave out the boom, boom, thumping acid housey trance stuff. I played all these discs to death in the 80s.

    Happy Mondays – Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches
    NWA – Straight Outta Compton
    The Stone Roses — The Stone Roses
    Beastie Boys — Paul’s Boutique
    Guns `n Roses — Appetite for Destruction
    AC/DC — Back in Black
    Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
    Metallica – Master Of Puppets
    Steve Earle – Copperhead Road
    Motorhead – Ace Of Spades

  87. 1. Love Over Gold – Dire Straits (Dire Straits’ best album ever. “It Never rains” has the most underrated guitar solo in the history)
    2. Thriller – Michael Jackson
    3. A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Pink Floyd
    4. The Joshua Tree – U2
    5. Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits
    6. The Final Cut – Pink Floyd
    7. A Kind of Magic – Queen
    8. Boy – U2
    9. A-Ha – Scoundrel Days
    10. Surpise, Surprise – Mezzoforte

  88. Hello David,

    I need to thank you for your music. I had a motorbike accident in 1989 and when I was in the coma, the doctors played THE WALL on the stereo and now I’m good. I walk and I speak as before.


    [That’s very good to hear, Philou. – FEd]

  89. Hi Fed – sorry I’ve been incommunicato lately…too busy these days, but I wanted to add my list.

    After leaving out Soft Cell and Flock of Seagulls 🙂 I came up with this list…PS…I loved the 80s/early 90s…this was hard.

    Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine, 1989
    Jane’s Addiction – Nothing Shocking, 1988
    Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction, 1987
    The Cure – Disintegration, 1989
    U2 – Joshua Tree, 1987
    Rush – Moving Pictures, 1981
    The Clash – Combat Rock, 1982
    Bob Marley & the Wailers – Legend, 1984 (do compilations count?)
    Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason, 1987
    David Gilmour – About Face, 1984

    Hope you like it and HELLO to all the irregulars…I hope to make it to a chat soon!

    Peace, out…

  90. well i think the 80s were better then the 90s or the 2000s for good music .

    here are my 10 ( you can take pink floyd and david gilmour’s albums as added automatically ) :

    queen- a kind of magic
    marillion – misplaced childhood or clutching at straws
    marillion – seasons end ( i put this as separate to the 2 albums listed above as this was released with H as the lead singer . the 2 albums above were released when fish was still at the vocal mike )
    fish- vigil in a wilderness of mirrors
    r.e.m – green
    robbie robertson – robbie robertson
    enya – watermark
    eurythmics – be yourself tongiht
    genesis – invisible touch
    the housemartins – london 0 hull 4

  91. Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
    Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988)
    David Gilmour – About Face (1984)
    Hawkwind – Levitation (1980)
    Hawkwind – Church of Hawkwind (1982)
    Hawkwind – Choose Your Masques (1982)
    Camel – Nude (1981)
    Camel – Stationary Traveller (1984)
    Snowy White – White Flames (1983)
    Mike Oldfield – Discovery (1984)

  92. A quick hello to you FEd and everyone …

    I left for a pretty long (yet short) vacation right as you were returning from yours. Hope you had a wonderful time off FEd!


    [I did, thanks. Hope you did, too. – FEd]

  93. Genesis – Genesis
    George Harrison – Cloud 9
    Paul McCartney – Flowers In The Dirt
    Peter Gabriel – So
    Phil Collins – …But Seriously
    U2 – The Joshua Tree
    The Police – Synchronicity
    R.E.M. – Document
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever

  94. Suddenly I find out that for some unknown reason, I forgot to mention Iron Maiden!!!!!

    Man, the best metal band ever…

    The Number Of The Beat, Powerslave, Sventh Son, they’re all magnificent albums!!!!

  95. Hello FED! I’m new here, but I wanted to add my two cents worth!

    I actually encountered some great music in the 80s, and here’s some of my faves:

    Pink Floyd – Momentary Lapse of Reason (I was bummed that I couldn’t afford to see the tour)
    XTC – Skylarking
    Prince – Sign of the Times
    R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant
    Squeeze – East Side Story
    Marillion – Clutching at Straws (their best album IMO)
    The Pretenders – Learning to Crawl (I heard this for the first time while I was England)
    The Police – Ghost in the Machine
    Nick Lowe – The Rose of England
    Rockpile – Seconds of Pleasure

    That’s just the tip, but I don’t want to go on all night. Enjoy!

    [Welcome, Gina. Thanks for adding your list. – FEd]

  96. Yikes, I returned from my vacation yesterday just in time to take part in that interesting 80s poll, as the 80s rocked indeed. Actually they have been my fave music decade as I am not ashamed to say, lol. And as it seems 53 % in the poll share my view. 🙂

    My 3 fave albums of that mesmerizing decade are:

    1) Pink Floyd, Momentary Lapse of Reason
    2) Billy Idol, Whiplash Smile
    3) Poison, Flesh and Blood

  97. Damn, I forgot to add that legendary Anfield Rap number to my list. 😉

    80s or early 90s FED? I cant remember now.

    [Late 80s, that one. Good fun. (“I come from Jamaica, my name is John Barnes, when I do my thing the crowd go bananas.”) – FEd]

  98. I’m kinda fond of the 80s, FEd. I graduated College in ’81, got my first job and truly found out that all lovers are deranged!

    Here’s a few of the artists I would still listen to today from the 80s:

    Pink Floyd – I think I sent all their children to college I wore out so many LPs and CDs.
    David Gilmour – have both LP solos and the current solo.
    Ringo Starr – Been to Liverpool and liked it there.
    Paul McCartney – ditto.
    Eric Clapton – wore some of his LPs out as well.
    Rush – sent their kids through college.
    Alan Parson’s Project – ditto on the college money.
    Don Henley
    Tom Petty – Following his career since Damn the Torpedos
    AC/DC – Sent their kids to college and provided a good retirement fund with all the LPs and CDs I wore out.
    Van Halen – I made them a good living purchasing their music.
    Prince – One of the best pure guitarists I’ve ever seen in person. He’s as good in his genre as David is in his.
    David Bowie – I made him a good living as well.

    I have many more.

  99. In general, the 80s sound a bit ‘kitsch’ and superficial to me, except, for example:

    – The Cure – ‘Disintegration’. (fascinating, but, brrr… makes me think of ‘La métamorphose’ de Franz Kafka, especially ‘Lullaby’- frightening…)

    – Noir Désir (French) – ‘Veuillez rendre l’âme (à qui elle appartient)’.

    – Trust (French) – ‘Répression’ (with the famous ‘Antisocial’).

    – Pink Floyd – ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’, but only for ‘On The Turning Away’ and ‘Sorrow’.

    Ahah, FEd, sure, Robert Smith is one of the “men wearing more make-up than women…” It’s why you don’t like him ? 😉


    [He was just a bit wacky for my liking. A talented multi-instrumentalist, though. – FEd]

  100. Does this mean the next Random Nonsense will be about the 1970s?

    I could make many top-ten lists from that decade.

    [Oh, I don’t know, I might leave it at that. I like lists of ten to consist of ten items, and the 1970s were quite good. I don’t think there’s the will-power or self-restraint here. Heck, if we could get a list of 50 from the 1980s… – FEd]

  101. Here’s mine…


    Pink Floyd – The Wall (released in December of 1979 but its impact was in 1980 especially hitting #1 for FOUR MONTHS in a row in the US in ’80) and A Momentary Lapse of Reason
    David Gilmour – About Face
    Genesis – Duke and Shapes
    Rush – Moving Pictures and Grace Under Pressure
    Iron Maiden – Powerslave and Number of the Beast
    Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules
    Queen – The Game and The Miracle
    Van Halen – Fair Warning and 1984
    Billy Joel – Glass Houses and The Nylon Curtain
    Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance and British Steel
    Styx – Paradise Theatre and Kilroy Was Here
    Queensryche – The Warning and Mindcrime
    AC/DC – For Those About to Rock and Back in Black
    Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA and Nebraska
    U2 – The Unforgettable Fire and War
    Supertramp – Famous Last Words and Brother Where You Bound
    Metallica – Ride the Lightning and And Justice For All
    Triumph – Allied Forces and Never Surrender

  102. I forgot:

    The Who – Face Dances
    Journey – Escape and Frontiers
    Kansas – Vinyl Confessions
    KISS – Creatures of the Night

    Live albums (either on VHS or LP/cassette/8 track/CD):

    Pink Floyd – Delicate Sound of Thunder (both formats)
    David Gilmour – David Gilmour VHS, 1984
    Genesis – Three Sides Live and The Mama Tour VHS
    Rush – Exit…Stage Left (both formats)
    Iron Maiden – Live After Death (both formats)
    Black Sabbath – Live Evil
    Bob Seger – Nine Tonight
    Journey – Captured
    Billy Joel – Kohliept
    The Eagles – Eagles Live
    Judas Priest – Priest…Live and Live Vengeance ’82
    Styx – Caught In the Act (both formats)
    Bruce Springsteen – Live 1975 to 1985
    Supertramp – Paris
    Triumph – Stages

    [Ten, wasn’t it? – FEd]


  104. I’m a fan of the 80s, of course anything Pink Floyd or David Gilmour does I’ll listen to anytime, any place.

    David being named Best Guitarist Ever was a wish come true for me.

    Here’s some of the artists I listen to today from the 80s: Rush, Alan Parsons Project, Stones, 38 Special, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Hughie Lewis and others.

    My daughter who was born in 1984 doesn’t like the 80s either. I try to tell her there’s some good music being played from the 80s!

    [I can just imagine her reaction. Keep trying. – FEd]

  105. The 80s…not the best decade by a long way, but there are a few gems:

    Replacements – I Will Dare
    Husker Du – Zen Arcade
    Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    REM – Green
    Pixies – Surfer Rosa

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