Category: Albums of 1985

The Cure ‘The Head on the Door’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#344 in the Series) is The Cure, The Head on the Door 1985 was the year when arguably The Cure began the “Meat Era” of their careers. They did some nice work before, and they would do some down the road as well, but it was the three album era from 1985 to 1989 that The Cure would establish themselves and their sound. They did this while producing the three critical albums that would define their career. Yes, I feel that they would be known more for what they did in this time, than any other period. In those five years they would release, The Head on the Door, Kiss Me Kiss Me...

Big Audio Dynamite “This is Big Audio Dynamite”

Posted 27 Feb 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#299 in the Series) is Big Audio Dynamite, This is Big Audio Dynamite. Who’s on the Track? OK, Mick Jones is in Big Audio Dynamite. We know that.  We know he was in The Clash.  How ’bout all of the other guys. Who are they?   Mick started the band with Don Letts.  Don provides vocals and “sound effects” for the band.  He also co-wrote most of the album.   He was actually better known as a film director and disc jockey. Dan Donovan was the keyboard player.  He had a short stint in The Sisters of Mercy.  He was also in a band called Dreadzone. Bassist Leo Williams and drummer Greg Roberts were...

Midge Ure “The Gift”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#266 in the Series) is Midge Ure, The Gift. One of the worst things about this album is that it’s really very close sounding to an Ultravox album. One of the best things about this album is that it’s very close sounding to an Ultravox album! Especially if you’re an Ultravox fan like I am. I’m guessing if you didn’t know by now, Midge Ure is also the singer for the great British band, Ultravox. This was a side project, he didn’t leave the band. In fact, an new Ultravox album is in the works. The song that got the most play was ‘If I Was.’ Also getting some good recognition was ‘That...

Skeeter Davis and NRBQ “She Sings,They Play”

Posted 18 Jan 2011 in 80s, Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s, Country, Pop

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#259 in the Series) is Skeeter Davis and NRBQ, She Sings, They Play. I’m really disappointed that I couldn’t find more videos for this album. This one is really special to me. NRBQ is one of my favorite all time bands. I love when bands do something totally out of their element. That’s what we have here. Skeeter Davis was a country/pop star from the early to mid-sixties. She was best known for the huge hit she had in 1963 called ‘The End of the World.” NRBQ has often been called the world’s best bar band or world’s best garage band etc. They were much more than that. Some of their fans include...

Pete Townshend “White City: A Novel”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#207 in the Series) is Pete Townshend, White City: A Novel White City was one of my favorite Pete Townsend projects.  It told the story of about a low income area near West London of White City. It lets us see into all the expected trappings that one would find there. Prostitution, drugs, racial issues etc. David Gilmour added some wonderful guitar work to the track he co-wrote with Pete. It’s called ‘White City Fighting.’ There was a 60 minute companion movie released that stared Townsend.  There was also a fantastic concert video released for the tour.  There were two versions. A shorter, 60 minute version that was hit slanted and another 90...

The Replacements “Tim”

Posted 15 Sep 2010 in Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s

Today’s Cool Album of the Day(#385 in the Series) is The Replacements, Tim The barstool I happened to be sitting on was half a dozen steps inside Geno and Carlo’s, an “old school”, cash only bar in the heart of the Italian section of San Francisco known as North Beach, or as the locals prefer to call the area,” Naughty North Beach”. The drink of choice was a Makers Mark Manhattan straight up with two stemmed cherries. The clientele of this particular watering hole is a sublime mosh pit of professional types, Goth chicks, drunken homeless dudes, artists, and musicians. The atmosphere is more Woodstock than Altamont, with a definite “Star Wars bar scene” vibe to the entire proceedings....

Prefab Sprout "Two Wheels Good"

Posted 17 Aug 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#115 in The Series) is Prefab Sprout, “Steve McQueen” (or as it was called in the United States, “Two Wheels Good.” There’s a good chance that you might not be familiar with this band, but let me tell ya, they’re real good! This is the first time I’ve had a release with two different titles. But Prefab Sprout was not allowed to call their album entitled “Steve McQueen” do to a legal conflict. It was called “Two Wheels Good” here in the US. Many great tracks here. ‘Faron Young, Bonny, Appetite’ and the single that you might know, ‘When Love Breaks Down.’ Prefrab Sprout was from England. This album peaked there at #21...

Luther Vandross "The Night I Fell In Love"

Posted 28 Jul 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1985, Albums of the 80s, Soul/R+B

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Luther Vandross, “The Night I Fell In Love.” We’re going back to some R + B today. This is about as good as it gets for some wonderful, smooth, R+B. An absolute masterpiece of the genre. “The Night I Fell In Love” has eight tracks. They are all easily assessable. I’ll highlight a few even thou as I mentioned, they’re all great. ‘Till My Bady Comes Home, If Only For One Night’ and ‘Wait For Love’ are just great! This was released in 1985. It was right before Luther became a crossover star. Give your self some variety and give a listen to Luther Vandross “The Night I Fell In Love.” It...

Talking Heads "Little Creatures"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#85 in the Series) is Talking Heads’, Little Creatures.” This one was maybe a little more commercial sounding than the majority of the ‘Heads catalog. But it always rang true with me! I lovesed it! There are many wonderful tracks here. Two went on to get some major airplay as singles. ‘Road to Nowhere’ and ‘And She Was.’ ‘Stay Up Late’ and ‘The Lady Don’t Mind’ could have been singles as well. Eric Weissberg and his steel guitar were an interesting addition to the Talking Heads sound here. Maybe that’s why I likesed it so much. I remember when I was a ‘record schlepper.’ I played the heck out of this in my...

Graham Parker and the Shot "Steady Nerves"

Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Graham Parker and the Shot’s, “Steady Nerves.” Far, Far, Far from being Parker’s most popular album, “Steady Nerves” always was a favorite of mine. This was released in 1985 and I had just gotten my first full time music biz job and I remember this being one of the first ‘promos’ I ever received. Maybe that’s why I played it a bunch. Who knows. It turned out to be his only Electra release. It featured some great tracks like ‘Break Then Down, Wake Up (Next To You), Mighty Rivers’ and ‘Lunatic Fringe.’ Give it a listen…..If you can find it!  UPDATE: I believe it’s been re-released. Today’s Cool Album of the Day,...

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