Sunday, February 15, 2009

Music Meme: 1980

Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.


Talking Heads: Remain in Light

My love affair with disco was very short-lived.

In 7th grade I had a couple of friends who somehow latched onto New Wave and introduced me to it. It changed the way I thought about music and it was this album that hooked me on the movement. It was so poppy and listenable, but so different from everything I was hearing on the radio. And of course, there was that video that made David Byrne the strangest, coolest guy in the world as far as I was concerned.

It was also about this time that I started listening to Devo and Blondie and that Adam and the Ants popped on my radar.


Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

OMG..there you go again. Its like we were separated at birth. If you start talking about Queen or Spandau Ballet I think my head will explode.

Michael May said...

Ha! I probably will mention Spandau Ballet. As this gets into the '80s I'm planning on dramatically expanding my Amazon Wish List (or at least my iTunes playlist) with stuff that I've forgotten about, so I'll probably have a lot of Honorable Mentions from each year in addition to my favorite album. I never bought a Spandau Ballet album, but I loved "True," so I'm sure they'll get a shout out.

Queen's another story though. I think it's because the radio wore out "Another One Bites the Dust/We Are the Champions," but I sort of reacted against Queen's popularity and never learned to appreciate them. It's only now that I'm starting to dig them and that's at least partially due to Mika. *gasp!*

I almost did the same thing with The Police too. I didn't care for them at the height of their popularity, but I got hooked on them about a year after Synchronicity came out, just as everyone was done talking about it. And just in time to become a huge Sting fan before Dream of the Blue Turtles came out.


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