Monthly Archives: May 2013

III (Melt)

Peter Gabriel (1980) On his following record, Security, Peter Gabriel would finally and definitively breach the frontier of world music in western rock. But the roots to its breakthrough lie in its predecessor, Peter Gabriel (the last of three untitled … Continue reading

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Remain In Light

Talking Heads (1980) A case could easily be made that nothing truly new has been done in rock music since this record. It contains traces of genres that are still emerging today. Afropop, disco, hip-hop, new wave, art rock, post-rock, … Continue reading

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Back In Black

AC/DC (1980) Any single AC/DC album could qualify for this list, because they were so consistent and because their uniqueness wasn’t really attached to a particular movement or style. I suppose they did make blues rock more metallic, fast and … Continue reading

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The 1980s

The 1980s were a decade of confusion, hedonism and stasis. Rock was becoming stale and predictable, as class and economic structures became ever more rigid and capitalism ran rampant. Yet, just beyond the mass culture impulse to consume the same … Continue reading

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154

Wire (1979) Wire rounded out their exceptional initial trilogy of albums with this, a foray into moody, longer-form compositions. After the brief, explosive burst of their debut and the shadowy, off-kilter follow-up, 154 simultaneously expanded their palette and hewed to … Continue reading

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Out Of Our Heads

The Rolling Stones (1965) In 1964, you could do pretty much anything in rock music and it would be unbelievably innovative, simply because not much had yet been achieved in the genre. Jack Ely forgot most of the lyrics to … Continue reading

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Rust Never Sleeps

Neil Young (1979) It took a long, long, long time for Neil Young to perfect his songwriting and reinvent himself, but after some hesitant exploration and career setbacks, he finally hit upon a masterpiece. The time period may seem a … Continue reading

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