1980s

Paul Simon – Graceland

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From 1986 Paul Simon’s seventh studio album ‘Graceland’ brought the styings of Zydeco, South Africa and some smart pop to the charts and is his most successful solo album. He faced controversy for seemingly breaking the cultural boycott imposed by the rest of the world against South Africa because of its policy of apartheid. Following…

ABC – The Look of Love

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Classic 80s act ABC bring you The Look Of Love with the look of a felt pen. Another part of the epic commission for wedding decorations of the bride and grooms favourite tracks, this one was great fun to do. Martin Fry and the band are still recording and recently revisited the Look of Love…

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

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  The fifth studio album from Kate Bush was the Hounds of Love. Released in 1985 it was preceded with the single ‘Running Up That Hill‘, which peaked in the charts at number 3. The first side comprised of other tracks which were all destined to be hits including ‘Hounds of Love‘, ‘Cloudbusting‘ and ‘Big…

Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

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  The sixth studio album from Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska is a more stripped back work. Originally intended to be demos for the next E-Street band record, Bruce decided to release them himself and it remains one of the most highly regarded albums in his catalogue. With sparse instrumentation throughout and sombre songs it deals with…

Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill

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Game changing and heralding a new dawn in Hip Hop, 1986 saw the debut album from the Beastie Boys arrive and shake up the world. Licensed to Ill was packed with what would become the groups staple in beat and rhymes.  ‘Hold it Now, Hit It‘, ‘She’s Crafty‘, ‘No Sleep ’til Brooklyn‘ and the massive…

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man

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I’m Your Man saw Leonard Cohen delve further into the synthesised music territory touched on with his previous Various Positions LP and was released in 1988. Leading off with the classic ‘First We Take Manhattan‘ the record features a raft of brilliant songs, ‘Everybody Knows’, ‘Tower of Song‘, ‘Take This Waltz‘ and the title track itself.…

George Michael – Faith

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‘More Pop’ they said. More pop you’ve got, here’s George Michael rocking the leather look from his 1987 classic ‘Faith‘. Grammy Award winning and an album which has shifted some 25 million units since, famously courting controversy (not like him) with the single ‘I Want Your Sex‘ getting pulled from Radio One at the time.…

Kylie Minogue – Kylie

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From 1988, Kylie,  the debut album from ex Neighbours actress Kylie Minogue was a massive hit with fans of pop and bubblegum. Produced through the PWL stable the album featured her first big forays into the charts with ‘Got To Be Certain‘,  ‘I Should Be So Lucky‘, ‘It’s No Secret‘, ‘Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquai‘…

NWA – Straight Outta Compton

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Released in 1998, the debut from the California crew N.W.A. is a landmark Hip Hop album, produced by Dr Dre and DJ Yella, Straight Outta Compton heralded a new dawn in West Coast Hip Hop. Out on Eazy-E‘s own Ruthless Records, it’s touted as being the genesis of gangsta rap, E on the cover brandishing…

The Smiths – Meat Is Murder

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The second studio album from The Smiths, Meat Is Murder was the bands only number one album while they were together. Morrissey and Marr released a more political album than before and their jangly sound had taken on a more adventurous tone. Subsequent reissues and re-releases have had How Soon Is Now tacked onto the…