Memorable & Influential albums (1976-1999).

By cosmic_coffin cosmic_coffin
updated 2 months ago

1976 - 1999. "This is a collection of songs/albums I listened to/bought at the time of their release (or within a couple of years.) Into Kiss in 1976 when I was 6. The 80's ended with The Pixies but it started with Adam Ant.
Duran Duran, A-Ha & Howard Jones were there for me throughtout the mid 80s. Arcadia's So Red The Rose is the epitome new romantic album. Hip-hop & breakdance started filtering into Australia through film soundtracks. I was obsessed with The Rock Steady Crew. (In retrospect their music may not have been that amazing but they were early hip-hop culture pioneers.) 1985 was a big. Run DMC were making hip-hop happen. Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Flaunt It along with Dogs In Space. Then Butthole Surfers (Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac was released in 1984??!!) but I hadn't heard about them. Equally hard to believe is the first Violent Femmes album came out in 1983. I didn't get into them until artschool in 1988 'round the same time I discovered the Buttholes, started smoking pot and experimenting with acid. In the Sixties people were trippin' to Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and The Doors. In the 90's I was trippin' to The Pixies, Butthole Surfers & Ween!".
*Not included in this list are the many albums I was listening to that weren't "just released", 60s & 70s classics released from bands like Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Doors, etc." FK (CC)

  1. Kiss - Destroyer

    1976.
    Fav song - Beth.

  2. Kiss - Dynasty

    Fav songs - Charisma, I Was Made For Loving You, 2000 Man.

  3. Adam And The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier

    216 For Sale from $1.32

    1980.
    First cassette I ever bought with my own money. Antmusic was huge in Australia. I was ten with small plaits in my hair, a white stripe across my face, and a stick.
    Fav song - Antmusic

  4. Duran Duran - Duran Duran

    1981.
    The original video clip for Girls On Film was banned because of nudity but I remember seeing it. I could play the melody of Planet Earth. I wanted a portable Keyboard but they were always too expensive. I finally did get a 2nd hand Casio a few years later.
    Fav song - Planet Earth, Girls On Film.

  5. Duran Duran - Rio

    1982.
    Duran Duran seemed mysterious; their image was a sophisticated montage of stylish adventure and art. I was 12.
    Fav songs - Save A Prayer, The Chauffeur.

  6. Michael Jackson - Thriller

    1982.
    Needless to say this album was a global phenomenon when it came out. Thousands glued to their t.v sets for the world premiere of the video Thriller. It was a kind of Disney-esque mutant of international proportion - a giant synchronized global media event. He was considered a world genuis then.
    Fav song - Thriller, Beat It, Billy Jean.

  7. Musical Youth - The Youth Of Today

    1982.
    Pass The Dutchie was the big single. I think I got the album and never really like the other tracks as much. I didn't know what they were singing about.
    Fav song - Pass The Dutchie.

  8. The Cure - The Walk

    1983.
    I remember borrowing this album on cassette from the library and thinking...this is weird.
    Fav song - The Walk

  9. Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock

    1983.
    Fav. Buffalo Gals

  10. Duran Duran - Seven And The Ragged Tiger

    1983.
    I watched every video clip.
    Fav track - The Relex

  11. The Rock Steady Crew - Ready For Battle

    Every kid into breakdance wanted to join R.S.C.
    Fav songs - Up Rock, Hey You, Digital Boogie.

  12. Various / Alex & The City Crew* - Breakdance

    11 For Sale from $3.42

    1984.
    This cassette came with an instructional booklet.
    Fav song - Electric Kingdom by Twilight 22.

  13. Various - Breakdance - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    4 For Sale from $13.16

    1984. Watched the movie bought the soundtrack.

  14. Duran Duran - Arena

    1984.
    Probably the peak of the new romantic movement for Duran Duran.
    Fav song - The Wild Boys.

  15. Prince And The Revolution - Purple Rain

    1984.
    Fav Songs - When Doves Cry, Purple Rain.

  16. Howard Jones - Human's Lib

    1984.
    Fav Songs - New Song, What Is Love, Pearl In The Shell.

  17. Howard Jones - The 12" Album

    1985.
    Fav songs - Like To Get To Know You Well, Total Conditioning.

  18. Howard Jones - Dream Into Action

    1985.
    I remember it as an important recording that had a positive effect on me.
    Fav songs - Speciality, Things Can Only Get Better, No One Is To Blame,

  19. a-ha - Hunting High And Low

    1985.
    Pure escapism.
    Fav songs - Hunting High and Low, Blue Sky, Here I Stand And Face The Rain.

  20. Dead Or Alive - Youthquake

    1985.
    Fav Song - Cake And It Eat.

  21. Arcadia (3) - So Red The Rose

    1985.
    One of my favourite albums.