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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

records i just couldn't live without

this blog will shortly begin to include some musical stuff that happened in the early 90's.
the main reason being that i want to talk about my favourite ever gig and that was in manchester in the early 90's.

though i won't be drifting away from the 80's altogether, it seemed like a nice idea to make a list (because i'm anal like that) of the records i bought during that decade that i couldn't live without.

obviously this is for my own enjoyment more than yours.
i couldn't possible start to put them in order of very favourite to least favourite - that'd be impossible - so they're in order of the year they were released.
i bought some of the earlier ones later of course, though still in the 80's.

anyway, here's a list of LPs and cassettes that i just couldn't live without.
i tried to keep it down to 50, but that was impossible too.
the next entry will be singles/EPs etc.

1980
adam and the ants | kings of the wild frontier
- adam & the ants - kings of the wild frontier
gary numan | telekon
- gary numan - telekon
xtc | black sea
- xtc - black sea
monochrome set | strange boutique
- monochrome set - strange boutique

1981
fire engines | aufgeladen und bereit fur action und spass
- fire engines - aufgeladen und bereit fur action und spass
swell maps | collision time
- swell maps - collision time
motörhead | no sleep 'til hammersmith
- motorhead - no sleep 'til hammersmith

1982
creation | how does it feel to feel
- creation - how does it feel to feel
fall | hex enduction hour
- the fall - hex enduction hour
violent femmes | violent femmes
- violent femmes - violent femmes
nightingales | hysterics
- nightingales - hysterics
scitti politti | songs to remember
- scritti politti - songs to remember
supreme cool beings | survival of the coolest
- supreme cool beings - survival of the coolest

1983
swans | filth
- swans - filth
julian cope | world shut your mouth
- julian cope - world shut your mouth

1984
lloyd cole & the commotions | rattlesnakes
- lloyd cole & the commotions - rattlesnakes
prefab sprout | swoon
- prefab sprout - swoon
smiths | the smiths
- smiths - smiths
talking heads | stop making sense
- talking heads - stop making sense

1985
biff bang pow! | pass the paintbrush, honey...
- biff bang pow! - pass the paintbrush honey
june brides | there are eight million stories
- june brides - there are 8 million stories
membranes | the gift of life
- membranes - the gift of life
chills | kaleidoscope world
- chills - kaleidoscope world

1986
a witness | i am john's pancreas
- a witness - i am john's pancreas
age of chance | crush collision
- age of chance - crush collision
beat happening | beat happening
- beat happening - beat happening
bogshed | step on it bogshed
- bogshed - step on it
creepers | miserable sinners
- creepers - miserable sinners
west coast pop art experimental band | transparent day
- west coast pop art experimental band - transparent day (reissue)
wire | play pop
- wire - play pop
various artists | nme C86
- various artists - nme c86
sonic youth | evol
- sonic youth - evol
stump | quirk out
- stump - quirk out
television personalities | mummy you're not watching me
- television personalities - mummy you're not watching me
that petrol emotion | manic pop thrill
- that petrol emotion - manic pop thrill
mctells | c30
- mctells - mctells
cannanes | happy swing
- cannanes - happy swing

1987
band of holy joy | more tales from the city
- band of holy joy - more tales from the city
buy off the bar | it's up to billy
- buy off the bar - it's up to billy
felt | poem of the river
- felt - poem of the river
josef k | young and stupid - endless soul
- josef k - young and stupid - endless soul
wolfhounds | unseen ripples from a pebble
- wolfhounds - unseen ripples from a pebble
napalm death | scum
- napalm death - scum
pastels | up for a bit with the pastels
- pastels - up for a bit
shrubs - take me aside for a midnight harangue
- shrubs - take me aside for a midnight harangue

1988
datblygu | wyau
- datblygu - wyau
dog faced hermans | humans fly
- dog faced hermans - humans fly
rapeman | two nuns and a pack mule
- rapeman - two nuns and a pack mule
stretchheads | five fingers four thingers a thumb a facelift and a new identity
- stretchheads - five fingers four thingers a thumb a facelift and a new
identity
13th floor elevators | the psychedelic sounds of the 13th floor elevators
- 13th floor elevators - the psychedelic sounds of (reissue)
red crayola | the parable of arable land
- red crayola - the parable of arable land

1989
dandelion adventure | puppy shrine
- dandelion adventure - puppy shrine
de la soul | 3 feet high and rising
- de la soul - 3 feet high and rising
john zorn | spy vs. spy: the music of ornette coleman
- john zorn - spy vs spy
maureen tucker | life in exile after abdication
- maureen tucker - life in exile after abdication

5 Comments:

  • At 3:24 AM, Blogger PC said…

    Wow, quickly counting I have about 30 of these... very few of which I've played in the last 15 years I have to add though. Rattlesnakes? Hmm, time for a re-evaluation perhaps...

     
  • At 7:08 AM, Anonymous joel said…

    great list. To make it even better, you should make a mix or two from these (:

     
  • At 7:11 AM, Blogger crayola said…

    ah, you're psychic.
    the plan was for the next couple of comps to be made up from these 2 lists.
    hold on to your hat!

     
  • At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    quite an excellent list...most would be on my list! being so close to Manchester, you should check out "Script of the Bridge" by The Chameleons.

     
  • At 12:58 PM, Blogger Novemberer said…

    Lots of my favourites in there! I'm JUST discovering early Prefab Sprout, only took me 2 decades to get 'round to it, the "Lions In My Garden" single is excellent & I'm hoping Swoon will work it's magic on me after a few more plays...

     

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