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October 29, 2021


[Albums 964 & 965 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 20 are from the year 1982.

I’ve reviewed all but two of them already.

The final duo? The Birthday Party – Junkyard and Madness – Rise & Fall.

Which 1982 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 20 albums, enjoy!



20. The Birthday Party – Junkyard. Interesting to hear a young Nick Cave but given the choice, I imagine I’ll gravitate toward more recent Nick Cave.

19. Madness – The Rise & Fall. I don’t recall having many extreme rises/peaks & falls/valleys in my emotions while listening, which isn’t really a complaint but also not an urgent reason to immediately revisit.

18. Venom – Black Metal. Perhaps not optimal background dinner music!

17. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – The Message. Much like Kid Rock, I too “like Johnny Cash & Grandmaster Flash (Flash, Flash, Flash)!”



16. Associates – Sulk. No need to be at all mopey while listening here.

15. Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84).

14. ABC – The Lexicon of Love.

13. Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West.

Having the LPs helps their odds of re-visitation.

12. Orange Juice – Rip it Up. Rather than a ‘once per day’ orange juice routine, I could see this being an annual revisit.

11. Duran Duran – Rio. There’s a memorable line in the Barenaked Ladies (BNL) tune, Grade 9: “…to prove that I’m a man, I guess I shouldn’t tell them that I like Duran Duran”

As a Grade Nine Student (GNS) I may have been equally reluctant to share my true feelings with the world about Duran Duran (and to ‘fit in’ I may have also been guilty of pretending to like music that I didn’t actually like).

But these days, I’m happy to publicly like Duran Duran, as shown by the movement of the blue ‘BNL’ circle in the diagram below!



10. Dexys Midnight Runners – Too Rye Ay. Oh I swear, At this moment, being the 10th most likely album to revisit from ’82 feels about right.

9. Elvis Costello and The Attractions – Imperial Bedroom. You Little Fool in particular.

8. Michael Jackson – Thriller. It is Halloween this week after all.

7. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes. I just might stop to check you out again soon enough.

6. Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast. My album review #666 / 1001, natürlich.

5. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska. Not my favourite Bruce, yet still Bruce.

4. Donald Fagen – The Nightfly. I was fortunate to find the LP for $5 (or a ‘Fiver’).

3. The Cure – Pornography. A preview of their decade and a half of exceptional music from 1985-2000.

2. Prince – 1999. Tonight we’re going to party indeed.

1. Kate Bush – The Dreaming. Whenever I see a Kate album for sale, I say to myself, There Goes (at least) a(nother) Tenner!



Verbalize the Positive

In case I had any doubt about its placement, i’m pleased to report that in the time between writing this post and actually clicking ‘publish,’ The Dreaming has already been back on the turntable a couple of times, therefore making Kate’s #1 spot officially accurate!

From → 1980s

  1. ‘The Number of the Beast’ baby!!! Bruce Dickinson’s first album with the band and Clive Burr’s last album with them.

  2. Great stuff. I almost spit my coffee out when I see Venom on this list lol… I knew Maiden would be on here at the higher end of the list so that was great to see.
    Muk will be on next Thursday and we will be talking about the year 1982 in music….hows that for a tie in??!
    Cheers pal

    • I’m pleased no coffee was lost in the reading of this post, Deke!
      I only was able to catch about 1 minute of last night’s show before my attention was needed elsewhere (but it was a good minute, as the Kids in the Hall’s Daves I know was referenced!)

      • Ha thanks Geoff. Its on the rerun known as Youtube! Lots of hip talk..

  3. I was surprised to see Michael so far down and then I read the ones in front of it and thought…yeah, that’s about right!!

  4. Oh Venom. My friend John had that album wrapped in brown paper at his house as his mum became quite upset at seeing it. It’s a cracker though. KB always deserves a place of honor.

    • That’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed about the 1001 list – there’s a place for Venom (brown paper optional) & for Kate!

  5. Very, very good. But Nebraska’s gotta be #1! What an album!

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