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1980s Album Reviews

Kate Bush The Hounds Of Love

The 1980s often get bad press, but they were full of great music. Admittedly, many acts from earlier eras struggled to control new technology, and made weak albums. But many new acts thrived, and there was diversity; hip hop emerged, there was a fertile 1980s college rock scene, and lots of great acts in the mainstream.

Major 1980s acts that I would like to cover include Prince, New Order, Metallica, and Sonic Youth.

The Blue Nile

The three members of The Blue Nile all attended Glasgow University in the late 1970s. Vocalist Paul Buchanan studied medieval … Continue Reading The Blue Nile

Lindsey Buckingham

Even if you don’t know him by name, you’ve surely heard Lindsey Buckingham’s work in the pop era of Fleetwood … Continue Reading Lindsey Buckingham

Kate Bush The Hounds Of Love

Kate Bush

Kate Bush was discovered by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour as a teenager, and placed into a training scheme by … Continue Reading Kate Bush

Marshall Crenshaw Debut Album

Marshall Crenshaw

Detroit’s Marshall Crenshaw doesn’t belong in a conversation of most important musicians of his generation, but he’s a talented craftsman, … Continue Reading Marshall Crenshaw

Dire Straits

Dire Straits were a talented band at the wrong time. They emerged in the punk era in Britain, but front-man … Continue Reading Dire Straits

Peter Gabriel 3 Melt

Peter Gabriel

Leaving Genesis after six albums, at the age of 25, Peter Gabriel’s solo career initially felt like an attempt to … Continue Reading Peter Gabriel

Amy Grant

The Queen of Christian pop music, Amy Grant also enjoyed success as a crossover pop artist in the 1980s and … Continue Reading Amy Grant

Pixies Trompe Le Monde


New Zealand is a lovely country, with lots of sheep and mountains, and it’s a good idea to come and … Continue Reading Pixies

Prefab Sprout

Formed around the songwriting talents of Durham’s Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout enjoyed some commercial success in the 1980s and early … Continue Reading Prefab Sprout

R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant


R.E.M. emerged in the wake of punk from Athens, Georgia, and started their career as an insular Indie band, with … Continue Reading R.E.M.


Run-DMC emerged early in the development of recorded hip hop. They helped to transform the genre from an underground movement … Continue Reading Run-DMC


The Smiths

The unlikely pairing of socially awkward Steven Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, extroverted and four years Morrissey’s junior, formed the nucleus … Continue Reading The Smiths

Sting Nothing Like The Sun


Conventional wisdom suggests that Gordon Sumner surrendered his credibility when he left The Police, letting his pretentiousness overcome him as … Continue Reading Sting

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses were formed in Manchester in 1983, around singer Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire. Drummer and backing … Continue Reading The Stone Roses

Talk Talk Spirit of Eden

Talk Talk

While there’s a natural progression between each of Talk Talk’s five studio albums, the distance between their 1982 synth-pop debut … Continue Reading Talk Talk

Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega was born in Santa Monica, California. At the age of 2 she moved to New York City when … Continue Reading Suzanne Vega

Tracy Chapman 1988 Debut

1980s Miscellany

This page collects odds and ends from 1980s artists: Beastie Boys | Tracy Chapman | Rush | Toto Beastie Boys … Continue Reading 1980s Miscellany