Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Joshua Tree

U2 (1987) U2 didn’t do anything new. But they were still somehow important. Hear me out here. In terms of influence, it’s true they were titans: R.E.M. and U2 started a trans-Atlantic split in pop culture, dictating trends and ideology … Continue reading

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Licensed To Ill

Beastie Boys (1986) This album needs to be approached delicately, because it’s so over the top so as to be controversial to this day. If this hip-hop trio were assessing the impact of this record at age 20, they’d probably … Continue reading

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Double Nickels On the Dime

The Minutemen (1984) With its underground subcultures, the 80s boasted a lot of interesting groups that, despite their vision, led nowhere, influenced few, and became relegated to obscurity. Many of these injustices were corrected once word spread about their respective … Continue reading

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Synchronicity

The Police (1984) I acknowledge that it does reek of elitism to insult and dismiss the increasingly plastic, inane market-driven pop tunes of the late 70s and 80s when some of them are guilty pleasures, possibly even a few of … Continue reading

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Ride the Lightning

Metallica (1984) The holy trinity of metal is Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. Much like prog, this genre pretty much sprang out of nowhere in a clear format. Those three groups simultaneously advanced the musical style in the early 80s, turning … Continue reading

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Purple Rain

Prince (1984) The 70s were a very sex-crazed time, no doubt, but the 80s saw that influence seeping into alternative lifestyles and bohemian subcultures, thanks to the pioneering of David Bowie and other glam idols. Race and class barriers were … Continue reading

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Swordfishtrombones

Tom Waits (1983)  So here we are in 1983. Tom Waits has been making music under the radar for about a decade – world-weary, blues-and-jazz-tinged ballads and rockers, very old school stuff. And then Swordfishtrombones happens. It’s like that same … Continue reading

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