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Saturday, January 14, 2017

503. Rise and Fall

Rise and Fall
Madness
1982














Tracks
1. Rise And Fall
2. Tomorrow's Just Another Day
3. Blue Skinned Beast
4. Primrose Hill
5. Mr Speaker Gets The Word
6. Sunday Morning
7. Our House
8. Tiptoes
9. New Delhi
10. That Face
11. Calling Cards
12. Are You Coming (With Me)
13. Madness (It's All In The Mind)


I lived in London in 2015 and miss it every day.  I spend a lot of time pining for those days so this album was a perfect fit.

The only song I had heard off this album before was "Our House."  It was probably the best song, mostly because it perfectly captured the mood of the album.  Nostalgic but still lots of fun.  I might have actually mistaken this for a Kinks album if the vocals weren't so unique.

There have been lots of great albums lately.  I hope they keep it up!

RATING: 5/5

Saturday, January 7, 2017

502. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Simple Minds
1982














Tracks
1. Someone Somewhere In Summertime 
2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel 
3. Promised You A Miracle 
4. Big Sleep 
5. Somebody Up There Likes You 
6. New Gold Dream (81 82 83 84) 
7. Glittering Prize 
8. Hunter And The Hunted 
9. King Is White And In The Crowd


Happy New Year everybody!  Like most movie fans, I can easily identify Simple Minds from their Breakfast Club heyday.  However, I was unfamiliar with their other work and man, have I been missing out.

When I think of early 80s music I tend to jump to the worst of the worst (think "Mickey"). But this is really what should be remembered from this decade: danceable synth pop.  Does anyone do it better than Simple Minds?  I guess I will find out.

Let's enjoy this music while we can.  A band called Orange Juice is coming up!  That can't be good.

RATING: 4/5

Thursday, December 22, 2016

501. Too-Rye-Ay

Too-Rye-Ay
Dexy's Midnight Runners
1982














Tracks
1. Celtic Soul Brothers
2. Let's Make This Precious 
3. All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
4. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
5. Old
6. Plan B 
7. I'll Show You
8. Liars A To E
9. Until I Believe In My Soul

10. Come On Eileen

We are officially more than half way done with this journey!  It took me five years to get to this point, which means I should be done with this project by 2021.  Wow.  That's not at all disheartening.


I was very impressed by Dexys' previous album, but I confess I haven't given them a lot of thought since then. It's like when you have a great first date but you never follow up on it.  That's a thing that happens to people, right?


Anyway, this was wonderful.  This is truly like nothing I have heard before.  I might be wrong about this, but it seems like they have created their very own genre.  You don't get more original than that.  I hope to see more of them in the future.

RATING: 4/5

Friday, November 25, 2016

500. Pornography

Pornography
The Cure
1982














Tracks
1. One Hundred Years
2. Short Term Effect
3. Hanging Garden
4. Siamese Twins
5. Figurehead
6. Strange Day
7. Cold

8. Pornography

I can't believe I am officially half way through this project.  Have I really listened to 500 albums?  Perhaps the truly amazing part is that I have written 500 posts about music.  I have never claimed to have intelligent opinions on music, but if my country has taught me anything, it's that incompetence should not stand in the way of achievement!  Besides, if you only complete projects you know you will excel at, you are never going to grow.  So thank you to everyone who has gone on this journey with me!  Let's hope the downhill ride doesn't include The Residents.  Ah, memories.

Now to talk about Joy Divis-ahem, I meant The Cure!  So this album is, predictably, a gloomy affair. I think everyone appreciates solid gloom every once in awhile.  Of course, this only works well if you are in the right mood beforehand.  I recommend looking at pictures of present day Robert Smith.  That will do the trick!

Happy 500!

RATING: 4/5

Monday, November 14, 2016

499. Imperial Bedroom

Imperial Bedroom
Elvis Costello and the Attractions
1982














Tracks
1. Beyond Belief 
2. Tear Before Bedtime 
3. Shabby Doll 
4. The Long Honeymoon 
5. Man Out Of Time 
6. Almost Blue 
7. ...And In Every Home 
8. The Loved Ones
9. Human Hands 
10. Kid About It 
11. Little Savage 
12. Boy With A Problem 
13. Pidgin English 

14. You Little Fool 
15. Town Cryer


Since Tuesday I have been in a state of mourning that not even Elvis Costello could cure.
Normally I would make some cringeworthy pun, considering the next entry is a Cure album.   But alas, my heart is too heavy.  Check out my movie blog if my misery is at all interesting to you.


As frequent readers may know, I adore Costello.  This album is a bit more experimental than his previous endeavors, but he is always able to remain accessible. This is probably due to his lyrics.  I particularly enjoyed "Man Out of Time," which was delightfully British.

Stay tuned for the big 500!

RATING: 5/5

Saturday, November 5, 2016

498. The Message

The Message
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
1982













Tracks
1. She's Fresh
2. It's Nasty
3. Scorpio
4. It's A Shame
5. Dreamin'
6. You Are
7. Message
8. The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel


This is arguably the first hip hop album on the List.  Now, I know this might shock a few of my readers, but I really don't have that much experience with hip hop.  And by that I mean I don't think I could have named a single hip hop artist.  Until now...dah dah DAHHHHH.

Apparently, I had no idea what I was missing.  I loved this album.  I didn't even mind the preachiness of the song "You Are,"; in fact, I was kind of into it.  I also adored the tribute to Stevie Wonder.  I wonder what he thought about it...

I felt revitalized after this album.  I imagine it's the same feeling people have after going to church.  Definitely recommended.  The album, not the church part.

Next up: Elvis Costello!!  Praise Zeus!

RATING: 5/5

Friday, October 28, 2016

497. 1999

1999
Prince
1982














Tracks
1. 1999
2. Little Red Corvette 
3. Delirious 
4. Let's Pretend We're Married
5. DMSR
6. Automatic 
7. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) 
8. Free 
9. Lady Cab Driver
10. All The Critics Love You In New York
11. International Lover


I have never been the biggest Prince fan, which I am sure would result in a public flogging in many circles.  I really hadn't been exposed to his stuff, so this is my first foray into the Princeverse.  It was interesting...

I was actually enjoying it quite a bit until "Lady Cab Driver."  It sounded vaguely rape-y, what with the sound effects that I can only imagine were added to please the male listener. I ended up googling the song and apparently a lot of people have reached the same conclusion.  So...um.  That was weird, I guess.

Other than that, though, I genuinely enjoyed it.  I do think the album peaked a little early in its runtime, but only means that it went from great to pretty good. RIP Prince.

RATING: 3/5