1980s

Pixies – Doolittle

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Released on this day – 18th April – 1989, the second studio album from the Boston act Pixies was entitled Doolittle. Shaping an already established 4AD record label into one of the shining lights in alternative music, Black Francis, Kim Deal, David Lovering and Joey Santiago helped make this one of the most influential rock…

Joy Division – Closer

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  The second and final studio release by Manchester, post-punk act Joy Division was entitled Closer. Released on the Factory label in July 1980 two months after the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis. The band went on to become iconic, living on in the story of Factory records, the development of New Order and books…

Michael Jackson – Thriller

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Legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson rocks up with this hand drawn version of the sleeve for Thriller. Heralding in a new dawn of the pop promo, the John Landis directed video for the title track brought shuffling zombies and teenage werewolves to the MTV generation and launched video making as an art form. Released…

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back

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Yeaaaaaahhhh Boyyyyyyy! Public Enemy’s second release from 1988 is a quintessential hip hop classic which catapulted Chuck D, Hank Shocklee, Terminator X and Flavor Flav into the global spotlight. Featuring Bring The Noise, Black Steel (In the Hour of Chaos), Night of the Living Baseheads, Rebel Without a Pause and Don’t Believe The Hype, this…