Playing off the tension between punk energy and arty intellectualism, Mission Of Burma were one of American punk’s most visionary bands.
1981’s ‘Nightclubbing’ was the second of a quick-fire brace of releases that transformed Grace Jones’s image.
Released in 1981, ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ remains a landmark in the evolution of sampling and production.
A bold, creative blowout sprawling across a triple album, The Clash’s 1980 epic ‘Sandinista!’ demonstrated how broad punk’s church could be.
The sound of youthful idealism hitting the reality of experience, Bruce Springsteen’s epic 1980 record ‘The River’ earns every minute of its double album status.
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.
Kicking off his 1980s in superb fashion, David Bowie’s ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ was a perfect balance of
A key milestone in the development of West Coast punk, ‘Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables’ was an energetic, technically accomplished and politically switched-on debut.
The magnificent epitaph for Ian Curtis and Joy Division, ‘Closer’ is a bleak and beautiful masterpiece that very few have subsequently equalled.
A symbol of youthful spirit at the dawn of Thatcherism, Dexys Midnight Runners’ debut ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’ is still remarkably fresh.