The Fixx “Reach the Beach” (1983)

     Today’s album was a pleasant surprise, as I listened to “Reach the Beach” by the British new-wave band, the Fixx.  There have been two songs by the band I have always loved, both of which are on this record, but it was nice to discover how much I enjoyed this entire album.  The FixxContinue reading “The Fixx “Reach the Beach” (1983)”

R.E.M. “Murmur” (1983)

     Another sub-genre of the new-wave music movement emerged in the early 1980s, as the advent of “college radio” or “underground” music flourished in campuses and their low-profile radio stations, along with coffee houses across America.  No band represented this intellectual and subtle rock movement better than R.E.M., who came from the same town ofContinue reading “R.E.M. “Murmur” (1983)”

ZZ Top “Eliminator” (1983)

     For many of the classic rock and roll bands of the ‘70s, the change in sound that came with the ‘80s was a sign of trouble.  Perhaps no band pulled off this transition more effectively than ZZ Top.  With the release of “Eliminator”, ZZ Top proved that not only could they incorporate synthesizers andContinue reading “ZZ Top “Eliminator” (1983)”

Def Leppard “Pyromania” (1983)

     By 1983, I was facing a bit of a dilemma.  Most of my favorite bands, including Led Zeppelin, my all-time number one, were disbanded or had their best days behind them.  As I looked for new acts to follow, one band that stood out to me was Def Leppard, with their third album “Pyromania”. Continue reading “Def Leppard “Pyromania” (1983)”

The Neville Brothers “Neville-ization” (1982/84)

     For the majority of my life, I have lived in one of three states, Colorado, Florida and Virginia.  There are two other locations that earn an honorable mention.  The first is California, where my father lived and worked for several years in the 1970s on a temporary assignment.  The second, and more significant, isContinue reading “The Neville Brothers “Neville-ization” (1982/84)”

Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982)

     As I noted in the last post, as great as Prince’s “1999” album was, that and every other album on the charts would soon be overshadowed and dominated by the worldwide greatest-selling album of all time, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.  Rated as the #12 all-time album on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums ofContinue reading “Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982)”

The Who “It’s Hard” (1982)

     Who would have thought that The Who would sound tame by comparison, but by 1982, with an explosion of punk and heavy metal, they were definitely pretty mild for the most part, particularly without drummer Keith Moon.  In 1982, they released their second and final album, “It’s Hard”, with Kenney Jones on drums, andContinue reading “The Who “It’s Hard” (1982)”

Judas Priest “Screaming For Vengeance” (1982)

     I mentioned previously that two major British metal acts would appear on my list here in 1982.  Today we have the second, as Judas Priest has us “Screaming For Vengeance” with this highly successful album.  The similarities in sound and style between Priest and Maiden are notable.  In both cases we start with aContinue reading “Judas Priest “Screaming For Vengeance” (1982)”