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Scorpions – Love at First Sting

Scorpions – Love at First Sting Barry Weber: ‘Although the Scorpions had already achieved fame after 1982’s Blackout, Love at First Sting brought them their biggest single of the decade, the slick anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” with some greatly underrated songs to back it up. The album opens with the hair-raising “Bad Boys […]

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The Cramps – Bad Music For Bad People

The Cramps – Bad Music For Bad People       ‘Ned Raggett ‘ An extremely skimpy compilation, Bad Music is only 31 minutes long. Still, this dog’s breakfast of material, assembled upon the Cramps’ departure from IRS, was the only place for a variety of B-sides and rarities, at least for a long while. The most […]

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Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – Rattlesnakes

Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – Rattlesnakes       Rattlesnakes is the debut album by British group Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, released on 12 October 1984. The album reached number 13 in the UK Album Charts. The reception for the UK music magazines at the time of the album’s release was generally very positive. […]

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Madonna – Like a Virgin

Madonna – Like a Virgin       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Madonna had hits with her first album, even reaching the Top Ten twice with “Borderline” and “Lucky Star,” but she didn’t become a superstar, an icon, until her second album, Madonna – Like a Virgin. She saw the opening for this kind of explosion […]

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Sade – Diamond Life

Sade – Diamond Life Diamond Life is the debut studio album by the English band Sade. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 July 1984 by Epic Records and in the United States on 27 February 1985 by Portrait Records. Released in the wake of Sade’s two hit singles “Your Love Is King” […]

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Roger Waters – The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking

Roger Waters – The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Mike DeGagne: ‘When dissected carefully, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking becomes a fascinating conceptual voyage into the workings of the human psyche. As an abstract peering into the intricate functions of the subconscious, Waters’ first solo album involves numerous dream sequences that both […]

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Prefab Sprout – Swoon

Prefab Sprout – Swoon Swoon is the first album by English pop band Prefab Sprout, released in March 1984. It has a markedly different, and less accessible, musical feel than their later works, featuring intricate guitar-based compositions that drew comparisons with Steely Dan and Aztec Camera. AMG Review: Paddy McAloon had not yet found the key […]

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David Sylvian – Brilliant Trees

David Sylvian – Brilliant Trees       Produced by Sylvian with Steve Nye, it was his first full length release after the break-up of his band Japan in late 1982. The album peaked at no.4 in the UK, the highest chart position of Sylvian’s career to date. It also contained his biggest solo hit, […]

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Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker

Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker AMG Review: The first Twins release with Raymonde on bass, Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker simply nails it, a note-perfect slice of Twins life which acted as the best possible teaser for the band’s follow-up effort, the peerless Treasure. The title track is the lead number, one of the […]

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Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent

Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent is the debut album by synthpop band Bronski Beat (Steve Bronski, Larry Steinbachek and Jimmy Somerville), released at the end of 1984 on London Records. This was the only album released by the band to feature Somerville, who departed the band […]

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Ennio Morricone – Once upon a time in America

Ennio Morricone – Once upon a time in America Soundtrack.net: Once Upon A Time In America is the final re-teaming of director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone, two titans of the film world whose previous collaborations were nothing short of brilliant. Together they forever changed the face of the cinematic Western landscape. Leone gave […]

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Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain Wikipedia:  Ocean Rain is the fourth studio album by the British post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on 8 May 1984 and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart, number 87 on the United States Billboard 200, number 41 on the Canadian RPM 100 […]

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Alphaville – Forever Young

Alphaville – Forever Young Alphaville is a German synthpop group which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold (real name “Hartwig Schierbaum”, born 26 May 1954 in Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia), Bernhard Lloyd (real name “Bernhard Gößling”, born 6 June 1960 in Enger, North Rhine-Westphalia), and Frank Mertens (real name […]

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U2 – The Unforgettable Fire

U2 – The Unforgettable Fire       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: In many ways, U2 took their fondness for sonic bombast as far as it could go on War, so it isn’t a complete surprise that they chose to explore the intricacies of the Edge’s layered, effects-laden guitar on the follow-up, U2 – The Unforgettable […]

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