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  • 458 The Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

    458 The Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

    In September of 1980 The Dead Kennedys released their debut album. The stench of Reagan looms on the horizon, Jerry Brown is coming for your uncool niece, Harvey Milk’s assassin only gets 7 years in prison (but serves less than that) and the threat of global nuclear holocaust is at an all time high, whats a bunch of angry leftist punks to do? Write a masterpiece of American Hardcore, that’s what. Lets talk The Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables!

  • 457 The Cramps – The Songs the Lord Taught Us

    457 The Cramps – The Songs the Lord Taught Us

    In 1980, The Cramps released their debut studio album. Let’s talk The Cramps, The Songs the Lord Taught Us!

  • 456 AC/DC – Back in Black

    456 AC/DC – Back in Black

    In July of 1980 AC/DC released their 7th studio album. Following the tragic passing of front-man Bon Scott in February, the band decided to keep on going and brought on Brian Johnson as the new singer. With Mutt Lange back as engineer, they defied all the odds by making one of the definitive rock albums of the 80s that would eventually go on to be certified 25x platinum stateside. Let’s talk AC/DC, Back in Black!

  • 455 Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels

    455 Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels

    In July of 1980 Dexys Midnight Runners released their debut album. After disbanding his punk band, Kevin Rowland had a vision; to combine the urgency of punk rock with the Northern Soul scene. To quote Kevin himself: “I’m going to do what I really want to do: form a great group. We’ll wear great clothes and make soulful music.” Let’s talk Dexys Midnight Runners, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels!

  • 454 Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier

    454 Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier

    In November 1980 Adam & The Ants released their second studio album. After getting his backing band stolen from him by Malcolm McLaren to form Bow Wow Wow, Adam went back into the studio armed with one Marc Pirroni on guitar and as a new writing partner. The results? The pirate look became a very real thing in 1981. Let’s talk Adam & the Ants, Kings of the Wild Frontier!

  • 453 The Specials – The Specials

    453 The Specials – The Specials

    In October of 1979 The Specials released their debut album. Produced by Elvis Costello and released on keyboardist Jerry Dammers 2 tone record label, the album was an anti-racist shot across the bow for disaffected youth in England, just as the country’s ugly right-wing turn and rise of Thatcher were taking hold. Let’s talk The Specials, The Specials!

  • 452 Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle

    452 Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle

    In September of 1979 Gary Numan released his debut solo album. By the time Tubeway Army had released Replicas but before it hit #1 on the UK album charts, Numan had dropped the electric guitar all together, hired drummer Cedric Sharpley and keyboardist Chris Payne, and got started recording under his stage name. Released just six months after Replicas, it would prove to be his second #1 UK album in the same year. Let’s talk Gary Numan, The Pleasure Principle!

  • 451 The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette

    451 The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette

    In November of 1979 The Damned released their third studio album. The album is the first with the new lineup after the ouster of Brian James and Lu Edmunds. Dave Vanian is still on vocals, Captain Sensible now on the guitar, Rat Scabbies is back on drums and the new kid on the block, Algy Ward, taking up bass guitar. We think its great. Lets talk The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette!

  • 450 Michael Jackson – Off the Wall

    450 Michael Jackson – Off the Wall

    In August of 1979, Michael Jackson released his 5th studio album. It was the first album released for Jackson on Epic following his departure from Motown. The album is also the first with Quincy Jones at the helm, whom Jackson had met on the film set of The Wiz. It is considered a classic of the disco era and possibly his greatest record. Let’s talk Michael Jackson, Off the Wall!

  • 449 Public Image Ltd – Metal Box

    449 Public Image Ltd – Metal Box

    In November of 1979 Public Image Ltd released their sophomore album. The album is a departure and giant leap forward from the debut. Lyrically it is less cringe, the rhythm section is on point, and the guitar work and tone shaped post punk to come. The packaging ain’t too shabby, either. Lets talk PiL, Metal Box!

  • 448 Pink Floyd – The Wall

    448 Pink Floyd – The Wall

    In November of 1979 Pink Floyd released their 11th studio album. What do you do when your tax dodging investment scheme goes tits up and find yourselves on the hook for an 83% tax liability of which you have no way to pay? You call Bob Ezrin to turn your nightmare concept record about a sad, rich, rock star into a coherent masterpiece, that’s what. Let’s talk Pink Floyd, The Wall!

  • 447 Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

    447 Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

    In October of 1979 Fleetwood Mac released their 12th studio album. Following the colossal success of Rumors the band opted to build their own studio to record the next album. A ten month cocaine binge and 20 songs later, the band released what was at the time the most expensive album ever made. The double LP had a sticker shock price of $16.00 (which in 2022 monies equates to $63.72), only spent nine months on the Billboard charts, and was considered a failure by Warner Bros. Let’s talks Fleetwood Mac, Tusk!

  • 446 Cheap Trick – at Budokan

    446 Cheap Trick – at Budokan

    In February of 1979, power pop legends Cheap Trick released their breakthrough live album. Recorded live at Nippon Budokan (originally constructed for the 1964 Olympics to host judo competitions) on the 28th & 30th of April 1978, the album captures one of the finest live acts of the day in their prime and catapulted the band from opener to headliners almost over night. Let’s talk Cheap Trick, at Budokan!

  • 445  Gang of Four – Entertainment!

    445 Gang of Four – Entertainment!

    In September of 1979 Gang of Four released their debut album. Call it dance-punk, call it art-punk, or call it post-punk but just don’t call it late to dinner! This record is an important one in the shaping of the future of rock music. Lets talk Gang of Four, Entertainment!

  • 444 Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps

    444 Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps

    In June of 1979 Neil Young & Crazy Horse released Rust Never Sleeps. Borrowing the Gerald Casale & Mark Mothersbaugh advertisement slogan for RustO-leum as the title, Young applied the philosophy to avoiding complacency with writing and putting on more progressive live shows. The album is one of Young’s finest and is certainly a must listen. Let’s talk Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Rust Never Sleeps!

  • 443 Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Armed Forces

    443 Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Armed Forces

    In January of 1979 Elvis Costello released his 3rd studio album. With Nick Lowe back at the helm, the album marks an end point to Costello’s “angry persona” and is as lyrically dark as he ever got, with many a fascist imagery and heartbreak weaving their way through an album absolutely sticky sweet with pop goodness. Let’s talk Elvis Costello, Armed Forces!

  • 442 The Slits – Cut

    442 The Slits – Cut

    In September of 1979, The Slits released their debut studio album. Recorded over ten weeks time at Ridge Farm Studios, the album is ground zero for the beginnings of what would happen in Olympia, WA ten years later. It’s influence is still being felt today and is (rightly so) considered by many a critic to be one of the best albums of all time. Lets talk The Slits, Cut!

  • 441 Marianne Faithfull – Broken English

    441 Marianne Faithfull – Broken English

    In November of 1979 Marian Faithfull released her 7th studio album. The album is a comeback and also her masterpiece, following Marina’s trials and tribulations with anorexia, drug addiction, and homelessness. Let’s talk Marian Faithfull, Broken English!

  • 440 Japan – Quiet Life

    440 Japan – Quiet Life

    In November of 1979 Japan released their 3rd studio album. Finding themselves floundering as a Glam act, the band decided to take a different musical path. Teaming up with famed Italian synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder for the single, “Life in Tokyo” and subsequently dismissing him for a full length record; the band decided to give it a go with their manager (Simon Napier-Bell) and then, eventually, John Punter (who had worked with Roxy Music in the past). The results more or less birthed the New Romantic movement, for better or for worse. Let’s talk Japan, Quiet Life!

  • 439 The Clash – London Calling

    439 The Clash – London Calling

    In December of 1979, The Clash released one of the only double records worth talking about. Recorded over 3 months at Wessex South Studios w/ producer Guy Stevens, the album is a testament to the band’s talent and is truly one of the best records ever put to wax. Let’s talk The Clash, London Calling!

  • 438 The Undertones – The Undertones

    438 The Undertones – The Undertones

    May of 1979, known ruddy cheeked little scamps, The Undertones, released their debut album. Recorded by Roger Béchirian in less than four weeks, the album stands as a testament to teenage angst, with its whip smart pop punk harmonies and counterpoints being considered amongst the best of the 70s and most certainly one of the finest punk albums of its day. Let’s talk The Undertones – The Undertones!

  • 437 Chic – Risque

    437 Chic – Risque

    In July of 1979 Chic released their 3rd studio album. The record became a touchstone for the disco era and beyond, with it’s hit single, “Good Times” being heavily sampled in hip hop, notably on “Rappers Delight” and at least 215 other songs. Let’s talk Chic, Risqué!

  • 436 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

    436 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

    In June of 1979, Joy Division released their debut album. It became the first LP put out by Factory records and the first of theirs to be recorded by Martin Hannett. The record’s use of space, odd percussive effects (see compressed air) and all around dark mood puts it far and away one of the greatest debut albums of all time and became an harbinger of the shape of post punk to be. Let’s talk Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures!

  • 435 Talking Heads – Fear of Music

    435 Talking Heads – Fear of Music

    In August of 1979, the Talking Heads released their third studio album. With Brian Eno in the production seat for the second time, the band continues their incredible streak creating some of the best albums put to wax. Lets talk Talking Heads, Fear of Music!