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Blitz
03-18-2006, 09:45 PM
Let's hear 'em...

My selections:

1. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
2. Bruce Springsteen - The River
3. U2 - Joshua Tree
4. Queen - It's A Kind of Magic
5. The Clash - London Calling

Pagan
03-18-2006, 09:52 PM
It's all a matter of what you're into...

~ Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
~ Iron Maiden - Powerslave
~ DIO - The Last In Line
~ Saxon - Power & The Glory
~ Raven - All For One

PressCoverage
03-18-2006, 09:54 PM
Pretty slim pickings, as it was a fairly horrible decade for music, overall...

but, some gems included:

1. The Clash, London Calling
2. The Police, Zenyatta Mondatta
3. The Cure, KissMeKissMeKissMe
4. 1984, Van Halen
5. Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution

The Bills Suck
03-18-2006, 10:37 PM
in no particular order:

Prince-Sign 'o' the times
Sonic Youth-Daydream Nation
Public Enemy-It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
The Fall-The Nation's Saving Grace
Kraftwerk-Computer World

Pagan
03-18-2006, 10:39 PM
Pretty slim pickings, as it was a fairly horrible decade for music, overall...
You're kidding right?

It was the best of times if you liked metal. Hundreds of classic albums released in the 80's.

phinpunk14
03-18-2006, 10:40 PM
Technically, London Calling came out December 14, 1979. Not that I knew that off the top of my head. I looked it up b/c i thought it actually came out a couple of years earlier. I think its needless to say what tops my list.

PressCoverage
03-18-2006, 10:45 PM
You're kidding right?

It was the best of times if you liked metal. Hundreds of classic albums released in the 80's.

No, not kidding at all, compared to the 70s, or the 90s for that matter.

No, I didn't like metal. Well, much of it. Only Maiden and Metallica were palpable.

In fact, besides David Bowie, any "rocker" wearing make-up and hair spray registered high on the lame-O-meter back then.

Blitz
03-18-2006, 10:47 PM
In fact, besides David Bowie, any "rocker" wearing make-up and hair spray registered high on the lame-O-meter back then.

Them's fightin' words with Pagan...

PressCoverage
03-18-2006, 11:00 PM
Technically, London Calling came out December 14, 1979. Not that I knew that off the top of my head. I looked it up b/c i thought it actually came out a couple of years earlier. I think its needless to say what tops my list.

Here in the U.S.? Hmmmm..... Didn't realize that. Seemed very 1980-81 to me.

phinpunk14
03-18-2006, 11:19 PM
Here in the U.S.? Hmmmm..... Didn't realize that. Seemed very 1980-81 to me.

According to the discography on the clash's website, that was the release date in the US. Not that it really matters considering it was two weeks from the 80's anyway.

I agree that 80's metal was terrible. I would much rather listen to 80's synthesizer pop over an 8-minute power ballad.

PressCoverage
03-18-2006, 11:23 PM
i forgot

6. Pink Floyd, The Wall.

might even substitute Van Halen out for that.

Quelonio
03-18-2006, 11:26 PM
The wall was from the 80's? wow, i thought it was older

Rocky Raccoon
03-18-2006, 11:47 PM
i forgot

6. Pink Floyd, The Wall.

might even substitute Van Halen out for that.

actually that came out in 1979...but definately one of the best albums ever.

PressCoverage
03-18-2006, 11:50 PM
actually that came out in 1979...but definately one of the best albums ever.

grrrrr.... you're right... nevermind...

you may notice, most of my selections were closer to the early 80s, late 70s... before rock went into hibernation and music started getting really... bad...

Rocky Raccoon
03-19-2006, 12:05 AM
grrrrr.... you're right... nevermind...

you may notice, most of my selections were closer to the early 80s, late 70s... before rock went into hibernation and music started getting really... bad...

I agree...there were some good stuff in the early 80s

Muck
03-19-2006, 12:35 AM
Obviously Metallica's albums are up there for me. Stevie Ray Vaughan's are definitely at the very top. That's about it!! Pick five from those eight or so albums and I could move to an island and be content. :)

FinaciousOne
03-19-2006, 12:57 AM
Can't believe none of you guys mentioned "Thriller" of "Stayin Alive":wink: :poke::chuckle:

:banana: :dance: :rastanana

Pagan
03-19-2006, 02:31 AM
No, not kidding at all, compared to the 70s, or the 90s for that matter.

No, I didn't like metal. Well, much of it. Only Maiden and Metallica were palpable.

In fact, besides David Bowie, any "rocker" wearing make-up and hair spray registered high on the lame-O-meter back then.
Okay, you've not only proven that you weren't into metal, but also that you have no concept whatsoever of what metal is.

Metal bands didn't wear makeup and hair spray bro. Stop watching MTV and VH1 for your metal knowledge. :lol:

The 80's were the pinnacle of metal. Priest, Maiden, Saxon, Dio, Overkill, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Metal Church, Raven, early Def Leppard, Annihilator, Venom, Riot, Anvil, Savatage, Ozzy, etc. etc. etc. THAT was 80's metal.

Warrant, RATT, Poison, etc....um...no.

And by saying that the 90's were better? Hoo boy. :rofl3:

Here's a hint. Aside from, well...no one, the flannel shirts, dirty jeans, monotone singing voices and "we don't give a damn" attitudes of most alternagrunge bands drove the "lame-O-meter" off the charts.

Just cause you weren't part of the metal scene in the 80's doesn't mean that ALL music sucked back then, so stop making blanket assumptions.

You know, like how pissed off you get when people diss ALL the media? :wink:

HysterikiLL
03-19-2006, 02:33 AM
Okay, you've not only proven that you weren't into metal, but also that you have no concept whatsoever of what metal is.

Metal bands didn't wear makeup and hair spray bro. Stop watching MTV and VH1 for your metal knowledge. :lol:

The 80's were the pinnacle of metal. Priest, Maiden, Saxon, Dio, Overkill, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Metal Church, Raven, early Def Leppard, Annihilator, Venom, Riot, Anvil, Savatage, Ozzy, etc. etc. etc. THAT was 80's metal.

Warrant, RATT, Poison, etc....um...no.

And by saying that the 90's were better? Hoo boy. :rofl3:

Here's a hint. Aside from, well...no one, the flannel shirts, dirty jeans, monotone singing voices and "we don't give a damn" attitudes of most alternagrunge bands drove the "lame-O-meter" off the charts.

Just cause you weren't part of the metal scene in the 80's doesn't mean that ALL music sucked back then, so stop making blanket assumptions.

You know, like how pissed off you get when people diss ALL the media? :wink:


:rawk: Haha, Pagan just went medieval on his ***.

Pagan
03-19-2006, 02:34 AM
:rawk: Haha, Pagan just went medieval on his ***.
Nah....just sick of people calling poser bands "metal". :shakeno:

Like nowadays when people try to say that Mudvayne, Korn, Disturbed, etc, etc, are metal.

Please.

Oh, and as for


In fact, besides David Bowie, any "rocker" wearing make-up and hair spray registered high on the lame-O-meter back then.

Alice Cooper and KISS (both from the 70's mind you) might have something to say about that.

UncleCosmic
03-19-2006, 09:13 AM
Iron Maiden-Piece of Mind
Dio-Holy Diver
Queensryche-Operation: Mindcrime
Tesla-The Great Radio Controversy
AC/DC-Back in Black

TJamesW_phinfan
03-19-2006, 09:32 AM
Okay, you've not only proven that you weren't into metal, but also that you have no concept whatsoever of what metal is.

Metal bands didn't wear makeup and hair spray bro. Stop watching MTV and VH1 for your metal knowledge. :lol:

The 80's were the pinnacle of metal. Priest, Maiden, Saxon, Dio, Overkill, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Metal Church, Raven, early Def Leppard, Annihilator, Venom, Riot, Anvil, Savatage, Ozzy, etc. etc. etc. THAT was 80's metal.

Warrant, RATT, Poison, etc....um...no.

And by saying that the 90's were better? Hoo boy. :rofl3:

Here's a hint. Aside from, well...no one, the flannel shirts, dirty jeans, monotone singing voices and "we don't give a damn" attitudes of most alternagrunge bands drove the "lame-O-meter" off the charts.

Just cause you weren't part of the metal scene in the 80's doesn't mean that ALL music sucked back then, so stop making blanket assumptions.

You know, like how pissed off you get when people diss ALL the media? :wink:

I had completly forgoten Riot. I only had one of there tapes but it was a great album. I can't remeber the name but one of the songs was Alter of the King. If I remember right I lked every tune on that album and played the hell out of it. I lean more towards classic rock than metal so realy strugling on my top five. I have to do some digging to check the dates on a few. :)

And it is true that the hair spray bands were their own sect and didn't represent metal as a whole even though the media and marketing often lumped them together. I believe they were labeled glam rock? I think some of them went glam at the suggestion of who ever signed them for business reasons more than by desire. I guess I can understand why they might do that but some of that hair was just...damn! :goof:

Pagan
03-19-2006, 10:28 AM
I had completly forgoten Riot. I only had one of there tapes but it was a great album. I can't remeber the name but one of the songs was Alter of the King. If I remember right I lked every tune on that album and played the hell out of it.

That would be Fire Down Under, TJames. Awesome disc.

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2006/03/138306-1.jpg

TJamesW_phinfan
03-19-2006, 11:38 AM
That would be Fire Down Under, TJames. Awesome disc.

http://cover6.cduniverse.com/MuzeAudioArt/130/138306.jpg

Thats the one. Thanks for mentioning them. I had it on cassette and wore it out. :D Swords and Tequila, Alter of the King, Outlaw, hell of an album. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print. I was able to find those three tunes online though.

Ok here is my list. It is an odd mix considering the last one compared to the first four. :)

In no particular order.

AC/DC...Back in Black
Riot...Fire Down Under
Ozzy Osbourne...Diary of a Madman
Molly Hatchet...Lightning Strikes Twice
Pat Metheny...American Garage

unifiedtheory
03-19-2006, 01:34 PM
Puppets - Metallica
Powerslave - Maiden
Among the Living - Anthrax
Peace Sells...but who's buyin' - Megadeth
Reign in Blood - Slayer

PHINATIC13
03-19-2006, 01:59 PM
In any order........................................................................................

Thriller - Michael Jackson
Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police
Appetite For Destruction - Guns n' Roses
Joshua Tree - U2
Back In Black - AC/DC
Honorable Mention
Strong Persuader - Robert Cray Band
Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Dolphin1184
03-19-2006, 02:26 PM
Yeah, most of the good 90s stuff is stuff carried from the 80s. Eg. Metallica (Black Album), Guns N' Roses, Megadeth, etc.

GreenMonster
03-19-2006, 02:59 PM
Appetite for Destruction - GNR
Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue
Mothers Milk - Red Hot Chili Peppers

ShaqandWade323
03-19-2006, 03:31 PM
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
U2 - Joshua Tree
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Run DMC - Raising Hell
Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

Quelonio
03-19-2006, 03:34 PM
Now, though I am of the opinion that in general the 80's where not very good times in music (overall, I am not a metal head, so that does not count for me). Some things where really amazing...


London Calling - The Clash
Pornography - The Cure
New Order (anything they released)
Violator - Depeche Mode
Dusk - The The
Graceland - Paul Simon
Louder than Bombs - The Smiths

Now I like the nineties, not only because of grunge, but y ou also have to take into account stuff like trip hop, brit pop. I mean a decade that had, Blur, Radiohead, the smashing pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, James, Pulp, Massive Attack, some of the best work of REM, two damn good Pennywise albums, not to say also the best Rancid, Primal Scream, NIN, has to be a good *** decade for music.

Muck
03-19-2006, 04:13 PM
Now, though I am of the opinion that in general the 80's where not very good times in music (overall, I am not a metal head, so that does not count for me). Some things where really amazing...

London Calling - The Clash
Pornography - The Cure
New Order (anything they released)
Violator - Depeche Mode
Dusk - The The
Graceland - Paul Simon
Louder than Bombs - The Smiths

Now I like the nineties, not only because of grunge, but y ou also have to take into account stuff like trip hop, brit pop. I mean a decade that had, Blur, Radiohead, the smashing pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, James, Pulp, Massive Attack, some of the best work of REM, two damn good Pennywise albums, not to say also the best Rancid, Primal Scream, NIN, has to be a good *** decade for music.

I agree. I too feel that the 80s were pretty horrible overall in terms of music. But it's all about what you like and when you grew up.

poornate
03-19-2006, 06:01 PM
I tried so hard to do a top 20 but this is all I could eek out...love them though....

1.Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique
2.Pixies: Surfer Rosa
3.Jane's Addiction: Nothing's Shocking
4.Mudhoney: Mudhoney
5.Run-DMC: Raising Hell
6.U2: Joshua Tree
7.Frank Zappa: Zappa
8.Guns N' Roses: Appetite for Destruction
9.De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising
10.Prince: Sign 'O' The Times
11.N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton
12.Bob Marley & The Wailers: Uprising
13.Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine
14.Ice-T: Power
15.Midnight Oil: Diesel And Dust

d-day
03-19-2006, 06:37 PM
pretty hate machine - nin
disintegration - the cure
purple rain - prince
back in black - acdc
appetite for destruction - guns n roses

Buddwalk
03-19-2006, 07:15 PM
Okay, you've not only proven that you weren't into metal, but also that you have no concept whatsoever of what metal is.

Metal bands didn't wear makeup and hair spray bro. Stop watching MTV and VH1 for your metal knowledge. :lol:

The 80's were the pinnacle of metal. Priest, Maiden, Saxon, Dio, Overkill, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Metal Church, Raven, early Def Leppard, Annihilator, Venom, Riot, Anvil, Savatage, Ozzy, etc. etc. etc. THAT was 80's metal.

Warrant, RATT, Poison, etc....um...no.

And by saying that the 90's were better? Hoo boy. :rofl3:

Here's a hint. Aside from, well...no one, the flannel shirts, dirty jeans, monotone singing voices and "we don't give a damn" attitudes of most alternagrunge bands drove the "lame-O-meter" off the charts.

Just cause you weren't part of the metal scene in the 80's doesn't mean that ALL music sucked back then, so stop making blanket assumptions.

You know, like how pissed off you get when people diss ALL the media? :wink:

:hail: god of metal PAGAN

Ozzy & Randy Rhoads - Blizzard of Oz
Ozzy & Randy Rhoads - Diary of a Madman
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Metallica - Master of Puppets
ACDC - Back in Black

dolfan72734me
03-20-2006, 12:16 AM
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Prince - Purple Rain
Bon Jovi - Slippery when wet
N.W.A. - Straight outta Compton
Several different ones from Duran Duran
2 live crew - Is what we are, and later, As nasty as the wanna be

And, to me, any DIO or WASP:evil:

Fin Fan in Cali
03-20-2006, 12:31 AM
Texas Flood-Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Back in Black-AC/DC
Operation Mindcrime-Queensryche
Point of Entry-Judas priest
High N Dry-Def Leppard
Surprise Attack-Tora Tora

Roman529
03-20-2006, 12:44 AM
So many of you overlooked Guns n Roses....GNR was probably the baddest of the bad for a few years before Axl, Slash and the guys couldn't get along. I would also put Van Halen's 1984 right there.....Back in Black (early 1980's) by AC/DC with Brian Johnson replacing Bon Scott...damn I sure miss the 1980's....as a high school grad in 1984 I have a lifetime of memories when listening to all the great songs of this decade. :tongue:

Fin Fan in Cali
03-21-2006, 12:35 AM
So many of you overlooked Guns n Roses....GNR was probably the baddest of the bad for a few years before Axl, Slash and the guys couldn't get along. I would also put Van Halen's 1984 right there.....Back in Black (early 1980's) by AC/DC with Brian Johnson replacing Bon Scott...damn I sure miss the 1980's....as a high school grad in 1984 I have a lifetime of memories when listening to all the great songs of this decade. :tongue:GNR were great but the way Axl ended it left a bad taste.

GreenMonster
03-21-2006, 12:43 AM
GNR were great but the way Axl ended it left a bad taste.

Agreed, Axl and the crew just let the band fall apart after Illusions I and II. I still don't think that a finer album was put out in the 80's the Appetite for Destruction.. GNR is like the Lakers, they could have just kept on winning titles, but let there ego's and lifestyles get in the way..

Fin Fan in Cali
03-21-2006, 12:45 AM
Agreed, Axl and the crew just let the band fall apart after Illusions I and II. I still don't think that a finer album was put out in the 80's the Appetite for Destruction.. GNR is like the Lakers, they could have just kept on winning titles, but let there ego's and lifestyles get in the way..Towards the end Axl made teh whole band sign over the rights to Guns and Roses. That wasn't cool at all.

GreenMonster
03-21-2006, 12:53 AM
Towards the end Axl made teh whole band sign over the rights to Guns and Roses. That wasn't cool at all.

Huge GNR fan.. Axl had them sign the rights to the band over because he wanted to continue the project while others just hung around.. Izzy quit right away because he thought Axl was trying to take over.. Duff hung around much longer along with Slash till they too finally became fed up with Axl and quit also.. Guns and Roses will never be the same but Axl and Slash were the heart of GNR.. Drummers were replaced along with bass and guitar players but once Slash left GNR it was over.. I am listening to AFD right now and the 2 things that stand out are Axl's amazing voice and Slash's guitar.. Axl is an amazing song writer, his new material is pretty good..

dolfan72734me
03-21-2006, 01:00 AM
Axl, Sebastian Bach, and Tom Keifer of Cinderella all had absolutely amazing voices. Damn I miss those days.

Buddwalk
03-21-2006, 01:01 AM
Huge GNR fan.. Axl had them sign the rights to the band over because he wanted to continue the project while others just hung around.. Izzy quit right away because he thought Axl was trying to take over.. Duff hung around much longer along with Slash till they too finally became fed up with Axl and quit also.. Guns and Roses will never be the same but Axl and Slash were the heart of GNR.. Drummers were replaced along with bass and guitar players but once Slash left GNR it was over.. I am listening to AFD right now and the 2 things that stand out are Axl's amazing voice and Slash's guitar.. Axl is an amazing song writer, his new material is pretty good..

AFD is one of my favorite cds of all time easy :yes: