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April 3rd, 2008 11:47 AM
IanWagner The Visitors, Mask, Prayers On Fire and especially Avengers and Psychedelic Jungle, two of my all-time faves, are mighty contenders.

But Damaged is undoubtedly the most important album of the year and my vote for the best. It has retained all of its power.
April 3rd, 2008 11:54 AM
Joel5000 It's starting to get to the point that I'm not familiar with a lot of the albums, so it is a bit unfair for me to vote. But I'm going with Eno/Byrne. I like it the best out of the five albums up there that I know.
April 3rd, 2008 11:54 AM
MoogDroog You recommended Prayers On Fire to me last year and i've really taken to it. I still loves me some later Cave, but this stuff sounds fun as well as terrifying and intense.

April 3rd, 2008 11:57 AM
andy rooney prayers on fire was right there...but then i forgot all about the cramps.

psychedelic jungle all the way baby.

damaged was a little too....normal...to me? i'll have to listen again.
April 3rd, 2008 12:07 PM
bungfungus Waving the Black Flag.
April 3rd, 2008 12:17 PM
Jon Bauhaus "Mask" for me.
April 3rd, 2008 12:19 PM
hrtshpdbox Bush of Ghosts my sentimental favorite. What year was that King Sunny Ade' album, could that also have been '81?
April 3rd, 2008 12:48 PM
Summ-a-Briz Daniel Johnston was around in 81?!
April 3rd, 2008 12:51 PM
andy rooney and the songs are actually pretty good. none of this crazy guy making weird songs thing. a lot of his writing touches a chord.
April 3rd, 2008 12:53 PM
Nick Much as I like Damage (1st 4 yrs was my intro btw) for me as a person=Faith. All Cats Are Grey & Faith are peak(e)s in the cathedral; the whole LP is of a mood. 17seconds was angry youth, this is trying to find out what they were fighting for and the realization that it was nothing, your kin was wrong.


Mask is truly great too (Hollow Hills) but the cover artwork is horrible! Pink Avengers cool too but I found out about them way late.
April 3rd, 2008 12:55 PM
IanWagner
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Daniel Johnston was around in 81?!


Yep, and doing his best work in 81-83.
April 3rd, 2008 12:56 PM
IanWagner
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Much as I like Damage (1st 4 yrs was my intro btw) for me as a person=Faith. All Cats Are Grey & Faith are peak(e)s in the cathedral; the whole LP is of a mood. 17seconds was angry youth, this is trying to find out what they were fighting for and the realization that it was nothing, your kin was wrong.


Mask is truly great too (Hollow Hills) but the cover artwork is horrible! Pink Avengers cool too but I found out about them way late.


I know, that Mask cover, phew.
April 3rd, 2008 12:57 PM
Summ-a-Briz I did not know this about him. Hmm.

I have to say, I don't know most of these albums so I'm going to abstain. I can't in good Faith, vote for Faith--an album I find to be weak in the song department.
April 3rd, 2008 12:57 PM
Jon
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IanWagner wrote:


I know, that Mask cover, phew.


Awful. Truly awful.

I'm waiting for JUUUUUUST the right moment to start voting for the Cure. It will happen.
April 3rd, 2008 01:02 PM
Nick I know--and Ash went to Art School! No worries on The Cure, I agree, their later albums are even better. Of course next year's Pornography is the other side of JD's Closer, at least for me, so I'll be voting for that no matter what. Phil Spector in hell.
April 3rd, 2008 01:09 PM
Summ-a-Briz Their best record, possibly ever, PLEASE include it, is 1983's JAPANESE WHISPERS singles and b-sides compilation. THAT will get my vote possibly over some of my all time favorite records.
April 3rd, 2008 01:12 PM
IanWagner
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Awful. Truly awful.

I'm waiting for JUUUUUUST the right moment to start voting for the Cure. It will happen.


Pornography?
April 3rd, 2008 01:18 PM
Jon
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IanWagner wrote:


Pornography?


Probably Pornography, yes. I also really like everything thereafter -- Japanese Whispers, the Top, Head on the Door, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Disintigration, and even Wish. Then I kinda half-drop-off with scattered songs on shit like Bloodflowers still turning me on quite a bit.

Their last album was cack. I'm holding out for the new one. New Order pulled off two magnificent albums recently, why not the Cure?
April 3rd, 2008 01:19 PM
Summ-a-Briz
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New Order pulled off two magnificent albums recently, why not the Cure?


Yeah, Brotherhood and Technique were pretty good! :cheers:
April 3rd, 2008 01:20 PM
Jon
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Yeah, Brotherhood and Technique were pretty good! :cheers:


HAR DE HAR.

I actually don't much rate Technique, too much style and not enough substance, so to speak.


April 3rd, 2008 01:21 PM
IanWagner I should say, though I haven't been hailing them, I leave it to the Cure-man on the scene, Nick. All this early stuff is unbelievable. (I have to say it is all summed up perfectly by Standing On A Beach for me)
April 3rd, 2008 01:21 PM
Summ-a-Briz I was kidding, obviously. The last thing I heard was "World In Motion" and that was it for me. That stunk. And I think that in conjunction with Electronic was just a turn off for me. But then again, I was 12.
April 3rd, 2008 01:21 PM
Nick I would have a hard time deciding between The Glove and Japanese Whispers, as they are both brilliant demented psychedelic pop masterpieces. But Blue Sunshine has link tracks. And kung fu even before Wu Tang!


Not to read Jon's mind, but I'm thinking Head On The Door for him...
April 3rd, 2008 01:21 PM
Jon
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IanWagner wrote:
I should say, though I haven't been hailing them, I leave it to the Cure-man on the scene, Nick. All this early stuff is unbelievable. (I have to say it is all summed up perfectly by Standing On A Beach for me)


Yeah, and the B-sides thing Staring at the Sea is also phenomenal. "Two Hours After This" is the thing which snagged me into their orbit.
April 3rd, 2008 01:23 PM
Summ-a-Briz
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IanWagner wrote:
I should say, though I haven't been hailing them, I leave it to the Cure-man on the scene, Nick. All this early stuff is unbelievable. (I have to say it is all summed up perfectly by Standing On A Beach for me)


Standing on a Beach is great, but it's the Red/Blue album compared to Japanese Whispers' Mystery Tour. Japanese Whispers is the SHIT. I think I hear in some ways what Jon hears in Japan in that record. Kind of like, the germination of Bjork.
April 3rd, 2008 01:24 PM
Summ-a-Briz
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but I'm thinking Head On The Door for him...


If anything can top Meat is Murder, it's this.
April 3rd, 2008 01:29 PM
IanWagner Psychocandy, Tim and Rain Dogs, meet JD.
April 3rd, 2008 01:30 PM
Summ-a-Briz Great choices. I'll fight like a dog for the Smiths though.
April 3rd, 2008 01:31 PM
IanWagner
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Great choices. I'll fight like a dog for the Smiths though.


As well ya should, great, great album (cept for the rancidly didactic Stipe-worthy title cut).
April 3rd, 2008 01:32 PM
Summ-a-Briz sorry, I don't know what you're talking about!

wh-wh-what track?

:)
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