• 522 Hanoi Rocks – Back to Mystery City

    522 Hanoi Rocks – Back to Mystery City

    In May of 1983 Hanoi Rocks released their fourth studio album. These Finnish street urchins w/ the help of ex-Mott The Hoople alum Dale Griffen and Peter Watts production, made Glam Metal a thing and inspired the Sunset Strip crowd to step up their game. Let’s talk Hanoi Rocks, Back to Mystery City!

  • 521 The Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops

    521 The Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops

    In April of 1984 The Blue Nile released their debut album. Linn Electronics had a conundrum, the hi-fi equipment they made was just too good to demo previously recorded artists. Their solution was to start a record label and give three art school kids studio time. Let’s talk The Blue Nile, A Walk Across the Rooftops!

  • 520 Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones

    520 Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones

    In September of 1983 Tom Waits released his 8th studio album. Gone are the days of piano balladry and thus begins the experimental Muppet phase of his storied career. Let’s talk Tom Waits, Swordfishtombones!

  • 519 The The – Soul Mining

    519 The The – Soul Mining

    In October of 1983 The The released their debut album. NME’s Don Johnson: “In days when the pop song has been reduced to the reiteration of catch-phrases, Matt Johnson flexes a rare literary flair. More importantly he has the command of music’s immense possibilities to carry them through without self-indulgence. Ignore this LP if you must, but you’ll be ignoring one of the year’s rare heart-stopping moments.” Lets talk The The, Soul Mining!

  • 518 R.E.M. – Murmur

    518 R.E.M. – Murmur

    In April of 1983 R.E.M. released their debut album. It has been heralded as one of the finest records of the 80s and helped usher in the alternative and college radio sound. Let’s talk R.E.M., Murmur!

  • 517 Def Leppard – Pyromania

    517 Def Leppard – Pyromania

    In January of 1983 Def Leppard released their 3rd studio album. With engineering wizard Mutt Lange having complete control over the writing and recording, over the course of 10 grueling months in 1982 the band would create an otherworldly sounding record that set the high watermark for all hard rock to come. Let’s talk Def Leppard, Pyromania!

  • 516 Malcolm McLaren – Duck Rock

    516 Malcolm McLaren – Duck Rock

    In May of 1983 British taste maker, Malcolm McLaren, released this album. It is the very definition of cultural appropriation but incidentally maybe started a trend that eventually led to the west caring about apartheid? Let’s talk Malcolm McLaren, Duck Rock!

  • 515 Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

    515 Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

    In April of 1983 Violent Femmes released their debut album. The record has been included on many a critics best of the 80s list and would go on to sell over a million copies. The tunes aren’t bad either. Lets talk Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes!

  • 514 Duran Duran – Rio

    514 Duran Duran – Rio

    In the year of our lord, 1982, Duran Duran released their sophomore studio outing. The album was not received well at all by critics of the day with NME saying it was “a sweet, lumpy pudding of a noise” and Record Mirror chiming in with, “thoroughly competent and yet bereft of the soul, passion and wit that makes a great record”. The passage of time has proven the teenyboppers right on this one, this album slaps. Lets talk Duran Duran, Rio!

  • 513 Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast

    513 Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast

    In March of 1982 Iron Maiden released their 3rd studio album. With the drug abuse related ouster of singer Paul Di’Anno heralded the arrival of the angel voiced former Samson vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, to fill the void. With his distinct “air raid” siren song added to Steve Harris’s incredible compositions, the band made Heavy Metal a household name and became a worldwide phenomenon. Let’s talk Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast!

  • 512 Associates – Sulk

    512 Associates – Sulk

    In May of 1982 Associates released their sophomore album. The record peaked at #10 on the British charts and was named by Melody Maker as album of the year. Let’s talk Associates, Sulk!

  • 511 Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

    511 Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

    In September of 1982 Bruce Springsteen released his 6th studio album. Initially written as scratch tracks for the E Street Band and subsequently declined, The Boss eschewed the bombast of his past outings and after digging in his pockets for the only copy of the tape in existence released his most raw and intimate album to date. Let’s talk Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska!

  • 510 Venom – Black Metal

    510 Venom – Black Metal

    In November of 1982 Venom changed the face of Heavy Metal, forever. Let’s talk Venom, Black Metal!

  • 509 The Birthday Party – Junkyard

    509 The Birthday Party – Junkyard

    In May of 1982 The Birthday Party released their 3rd studio album. Inspired by Southern Gothic imagery, the record has been described as a “scuzzy masterpiece” and was No. 17 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums. Let’s talk The Birthday Party, Junkyard!

  • 508 Michael Jackson – Thriller

    508 Michael Jackson – Thriller

    In late November of 1982 Michael Jackson released his sixth studio album. Seven singles and worldwide sales of seventy million copies later, the record has cemented itself as a cultural phenom. Lets talk Michael Jackson, Thriller!

  • 507 Orange Juice – Rip It Up

    507 Orange Juice – Rip It Up

    In November of 1982 Orange Juice released their sophomore outing. Lets talk Orange Juice, Rip It Up!

  • 506  Kate Bush – The Dreaming

    506 Kate Bush – The Dreaming

    In September of 1982 Kate Bush released her 4th studio album. Written, recorded, and self produced over two years time, the record is an experimental work of genius. Making significant use of the Fairlight CMI, the album’s sound is still fresh these many years later. Though considered a commercial flop on it’s release, it’s continued legacy cannot be overstated. Let’s talk Kate Bush, The Dreaming!

  • 505 Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West

    505 Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West

    In February of 1982 Haircut One Hundred released their debut album. The record would go on to spawn three hit singles, hit number two on the UK charts, and moved over three hundred thousand units on the island; but is it any good? Let’s talk Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West!

  • 504 Donald Fagen – The Nightfly

    504 Donald Fagen – The Nightfly

    In October of 1982 Donald Fagen released his debut solo album. After Steely Dan split the year prior, Fagen got back into the studio and with a slew of who’s who session musicians, he proceeded to make the most personal recording of his career. Let’s talk Donald Fagen, The Nightfly!

  • 503 Madness – The Rise & Fall

    503 Madness – The Rise & Fall

    In November of 1982 Madness released their fourth studio album. Considered by many to be their best work, the album showcases just how great the band was as writers and players. Let’s talk Madness, The Rise & Fall!

  • 502 Simple Minds – New Gold Dream

    502 Simple Minds – New Gold Dream

    In September of 1982 Simple Minds released their 5th studio album. Recorded over a five month period at Rockfield Studios, Jim Kerr has stated that it was a time where everything they tried seemed to work. The album would go on to spawn three singles, peak at number 69 (nice) on the US Billboard 200, and be certified Platinum in the UK. Let’s talk Simple Minds, New Gold Dream!

  • 501 Dexys Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay

    501 Dexys Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay

    In July of 1982 Dexys Midnight Runners released their sophomore outing. Dressed in the finest of oogle fashions, Kevin Rowland and crew set-off to take over the pop charts. With the addition of strings to their Northern Soul sound, the band proceeded to do just that. Let’s talk Dexys Midnight Runners, Too-Rye-Ay!

  • Audio interview with book author Robert Dimery

    Audio interview with book author Robert Dimery

    Robert Dimery is here and talking to the group about his new book  MusicQuake: The Most Disruptive Moments in Music and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.  You can purchase at OUR (Louisville) local independent book store Carmichael’s or through your local bookstore and yes if you must it is on Amazon along with Robert’s other books  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Dimery/e/B00HZILYAU?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1667211227&sr=8-2 https://www.amazon.com/Robert-Dimery/e/B00HZILYAU You can find the Spotify playlist to go along with the book here https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2LtQE8H18dri97gxSJJXHq?si=0e8f1b22eea94fec

  • 500 The Cure – Pornography

    500 The Cure – Pornography

    We are halfway done, huzzah! In May of 1982 The Cure released their 4th studio album. Touring 200 days a year, heavy drug use, and suicidal ideation are the key ingredients to the dour outing. The album’s sound has been described as “Phil Spector in Hell”. Let’s talk The Cure, Pornography!