The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 1980s

CULT ’80s: Dinosaur Jr. – ‘You’re Living All Over Me’

Making a revolutionary impact on the American underground scene in the late 1980s, Dinosaur Jr.’s second album ‘You’re Living All Over Me’ is an indie landmark.

CULT ’80s: The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

The Smiths’ fourth and final album ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ is the sound of Morrissey and Marr trying very hard not to repeat themselves, and succeeding handsomely.

CULT ’80s: Hüsker Dü – ‘Zen Arcade’

A dimension jump in artistic terms, Hüsker Dü’s second album ‘Zen Arcade’ was one of the defining releases of the underground in America in the 1980s.

CULT ’80s: Nirvana – ‘Bleach’

‘Bleach’ is a snapshot of a band totally unaware of, and not even seeking, the massive and destructive fame that would come their way just two years later.

CULT ’80s: New Order – ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’

After the tentative first steps of ‘Movement’, New Order’s second album ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ saw them truly begin their post-Joy Division journey.

CLASSIC ’80s: Prince – ‘Sign O’ The Times’

Prince’s 1987 masterpiece ‘Sign O’ The Times’ was arguably the last of its kind – the four-sided vinyl blowout.

CLASSIC ’80s: U2 – ‘The Joshua Tree’

The album that catapulted them from household names to global superstars, U2’s career-defining album ‘The Joshua Tree’ turns 30 years old.

CLASSIC ’80s: The Smiths – ‘The Smiths’

One of the most significant building blocks in what we now know as ‘indie’, The Smiths’ 1984 debut album was the start of a short but dazzling career.

CLASSIC ’80s: Beastie Boys – ‘Licensed To Ill’

The runaway success of Beastie Boys’ 1986 debut album Licensed To Ill marked the point at which rap and hip-hop truly went overground, becoming a mainstream phenomenon for the very first time. Along with Run D.M.C.’s similarly classic Raising Hell just a few months previously, it represented a watershed moment for the genre, finding a home on MTV when previously it was confined to the underground and those in the

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