The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: Talking Heads – ‘Remain In Light’

An entrancing hybrid of Western rock and African musical traditions that appealed to the soul as well as the brain, Talking Heads’ 1980 album ‘Remain In Light’ remains a beacon of inspiration.

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.

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