Category: Albums of 1982

INXS “Shabooh Shoobah” .. Today’s “Cool Album of the Day”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#166 in the Series) is INXS, Shabooh Shoobah. I always had a warm spot in my heart for INXS.  I’m not sure why, I think because they’re just different. I can’t really explain it.  But I always felt that they had a sound that could not be compared to anyone. I think it was because of that slight bit of funk tossed into their overall makeup. I’ve heard people say the early stuff had a U2 sound to it. I don’t think anyone was copying U2 in the 1980. Much less a band from Australia like INXS. Two songs really stood out for me.  They were the first and the last.  The One...

Paul McCartney "Tug of War"

Posted 16 Sep 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#140 in the Series) is Paul McCartney, Tug of War. I had not purchased a new Paul McCartney album in years when Tug of War was released in 1982. I hadn’t even thought about it.  Then my friend Phil Lucafo asked me if I heard the new McCartney album.  He highly recommended it so on his suggestion, I grabbed it. I’m glad he did.  This was some of the best music that Paul had done in many moons. It was produced by former George Martin and it appears that he added nice motivation. I was just looking back.  Rolling Stone gave it 5 starts, Allmusic gave it 4.5.  So it looks like many...

Laurie Anderson "Big Science"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Laurie Anderson, “Big Science.” I’ve always liked musicians that try and do something differently. But I loved musicians that do something differently and actually come up with good music! There IS a difference!! Laurie Anderson can really be ‘out there’ sometimes. But she has a vision and can bring it to life. Some would refer to her as a ‘minimalist.’ Feel free if pigeonholing is your thing. Big Science was her first release and I believe, still her most popular. It was released in 1982 and featured the eight minute haunting track, ‘O Superman (For Massenet).’ She later went on to do some more interesting works with the likes of Peter Gabriel...

Roxy Music "Avalon"

Posted 05 Jun 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1982, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the 1982 Roxy Music album, “Avalon.” You have to wonder what American music buyers are thinking when this album peaks at #53 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Yikes.Not as on the edge of progressive rock as some of their earlier releases. This album had more of a lush,… personal sound. Feature the great vocals of Bryan Ferry, guitar of Phil Manzanera, drums by Andy Newmark (with a little help from Rick Marotta), sax of Andy Mackay. Some fantasic backing vocals on the title track Avalon by Yanick Etienne. Other outstanding tracks include the title cut, ‘More Than This, The Main Thing’ and “While My Heart is Still Beating.’ Personnel Bryan Ferry – vocals, keyboards,...

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