The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 1980s

CULT ’80s: Joy Division – ‘Closer’

The magnificent epitaph for Ian Curtis and Joy Division, ‘Closer’ is a bleak and beautiful masterpiece that very few have subsequently equalled.

CULT ’80s: Young Marble Giants – ‘Colossal Youth’

A milestone in the development of British indie in 1980 because of its quiet economy, ‘Colossal Youth’ was the only album from the short-lived Young Marble Giants.

CULT ’80s: The Replacements – ‘Let It Be’

After two albums of breakneck post-punk, 1984’s ‘Let It Be’ was the moment that The Replacements finally came of age.

CULT ’80s: Beastie Boys – ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Derided at the time, Beastie Boys’ kaleidoscopic second album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ helped to turn sampling into a fine art form.

CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Doolittle’

One of the most influential indie records of all time, Pixies’ star-making second album ‘Doolittle’ was released in April 1989.

CLASSIC ’80s: De La Soul – ‘3 Feet High And Rising’

One of the greatest monuments to hip-hop’s golden age of the late Eighties, De La Soul’s colourful and idiosyncratic 1989 debut ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ remains seminal.

CLASSIC ’80s: New Order – ‘Technique’

New Order’s 1989 LP ‘Technique’ was the final instalment in a dazzling run of exceptional singles and albums in the Eighties.

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