Tag: 80s

It's a Mistake - cover for 7" single

“It’s a Mistake” by Men at Work: pop at the height of the cold war

There’s not a bad song on Cargo (1983), but “It’s a Mistake” is one of the standout cuts on the album. Written by Colin Hay,…

"Disintegration" album cover

“Disintegration” by The Cure (No. 4)

Disintegration is the album that really sold me on The Cure. Yes, I know, I was a bit late to the party. Some of the…

Album cover: Document by R.E.M.

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #19 (“Document”)

For Document R.E.M. picked up a much harder edge than previous albums. Sure, Life’s Rich Pageant dabbled a bit with more aggressive guitar, but Document…

"Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me " album cover by The Cure

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #20 (“Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”)

Most of The Cure‘s albums are outstanding, but Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is simply magical. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me shows The…

Album cover: "Queen Elvis" by Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #21 (“Queen Elvis”)

Watching “alternative” bands like The Cure, R.E.M., and U2 punch through to mainstream success, I had high hopes that Robyn Hitchcock would break through with…

U2 "The Joshua Tree" album cover

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #23 (“The Joshua Tree”)

It’s a little daunting to try to find something original to say about an album like The Joshua Tree. Released in 1987, The Joshua Tree…

Queen "The Game" album cover

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #24 (“The Game”)

Queen‘s The Game will probably be best remembered for two things, “Another One Bites the Dust,” and the first album from the band that featured…

Starfish by The Church (album cover)

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #29 (“Starfish”)

If it weren’t for lucking into a few decent mix tapes and dubs of entire albums, I’m not sure what my musical tastes would be…

Album cover: Best 'O Boingo

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #30 (“Best O’Boingo”)

You can’t hide from Danny Elfman. Well, I suppose you could, but you’d have to be a pop culture recluse to do so. He’s got…

Album covers: XT Waxworks and B-Sides

My favorite 100 albums of all time: #31 (“Waxworks / Beeswax”)

Waxworks and Beeswax are a double dose of angular, jumpy, frenetic pop from Swindon’s XTC. This pairing captures the very best of XTC’s early period,…