It's 80's Time!
Punk Rock Album Nominations for 80-84
by Michele Christopher
Now that we got the 70's out of the way, let’s move on to the era that your hosts at FTTW have been looking forward to: The 80's. For me (and this is Michele speaking), even though I was around for the punk explosion of the late 70's, it wasn’t until the early to mid 80's that I really got into it.
Those who cut their teeth on the Ramones and The Clash tend to be insular about their ideas of punk; they have no idea (or they are willfully ignorant of the fact) that whole movements and sub genres of punk existed outside of the more well known bands. They also think that punk died right about 1982 or so. In my mind, punk rock didn’t even reach its pinnacle til the mid 80's. 'Maybe their scene died and they believe that punk died with that scene, but it didn’t. It was picked up, dusted off and brought back to life by bands like Black Flag, Minor Threat, GBH, Adolescents, Angry Samoans, TSOL, Descendents, Agent Orange, Fang, Youth Brigade (I could go on here, but I won't)...they all contributed to keeping the punk scene alive and moving. And, in my opinion, gave it a lot more life than it had before they came along.
Yea, punk was about attitude as well as about the music; but there were as many different "attitudes" to go around as there were styles of punk. I just don't think punk music can be clearly defined as "that music the Clash played." Nor do I think (and yea, just my opinion) that the late 70's were the heyday of punk.
Anyway, after talking about this decade together and coming up with a list of our own favorite albums, we realized that trying to cram all of the 80's into one poll would be too big a task. Too many good bands, too many awesome albums. So what we are going to do here is split the decade in half. Today, we will take nominations for the first half of the 80's: 1980-1984.
Here’s a few of our favorite albums of the first half of the 80's to get you started. Remember, the nomination process is yours, not ours. This is just our personal list. Feel free to nominate any of these, because the final poll will be taken from the comments, not us.
Black Flag - Damaged 1981
Remember to check the dates on the LP or EP. We are not perfect and we don't hold the answers like some kind of god. So check those issue years before you nominate (allmusic.com frequently gets years wrong; try using wikipedia if you aren’t sure of a release date). Also, length of album doesn’t matter. EP s are as good as full length albums.
Here's our take on a couple of these albums and why we like them. Don't forget, we also reviewed some 80's punk albums here, if you want to check that out.
MDC - s/t (1982)
This album is brutal. That’s the best way to describe it. High speed, blistering music with lyrics full of rage and anger. This shit makes Rage Against the Machine sound like pussies. Dave Dictor and company pull no punches. They say what they mean. They take on everything that angers them - police brutality, corporations, homophobia, rednecks, John Wayne, capitalism - and pound their ideas into your head and gut in such a straightforward way. Where other bands with this kind of stance rely on irony and subtle innuendos and clever wordplay to get their point across, MDC just puts their middle finger up right in your face and spits in your eye. Brutal. But awesome. -M
Misfits - Walk Among Us (1982)
This was a band made for someone like me. I love horror movies. I love punk rock. What could be better than a band that meshes both things together? That’s like the peanut butter and chocolate of music!
What you have here is 13 songs in 25 minutes. This album is like viewing every B-movie ever made while tweaking on speed. You hit play on this thing and before you can even catch your breath, you feel like you’ve seen your life flash before your eyes, if your life consists of death, mayhem, zombies, devils, vampires and Martians, and the soundtrack to that is howled by Glenn Danzig. Seriously, Danzig was born to sing this stuff. His voice here is part campiness, part howling at the moon and all deep-throated, gothic posturing. All that, plus the 50's-inspired riffs played in punk rock fashion make this one of the best punk albums EVER, let alone the 80's. -M
Vandals - When In Rome Do As The Vandals
Ok. It didn't have Pat Brown on it. It was longer. It was a little different. But hell man. Stevo had a scratch box on his chest when he played Ladykiller. And it had a beer holder! A record player on his chest miced up to a case and a beer holder! With a straw! Jeez. That's kinda cool. Most of the songs were about fun and breaking things. A few were a little evil. I'm still not sure why they chose to write a song about little boys in vikings suits or somewhere called Mohawk Town. Times like this, I always feel it is better to not say anything and just listen. It happens that way with me. But, they were fun songs! Except for the beating a girl song, but we will forget that one. But the others. Fighting a giant robot. Being a fly on a piece of shit called this world. Driving in a shitty Airstream from town to town. And the pinnacle. Rico. Coming back home after a tour. The feelings of seeing your home town. A great ending to a great album. -T
DI - Team Goon
Oh hell. Here we go. You all know you can sing all the words to this album. The executioner's curtain call. When I woke one day kids going out to play if they only knew. Oh you know know you are remembering Nuclear Funeral right now. The only stupid song on here was the cover of that "hey" song they do at baseball games. Even the slow songs kinda kick ass. Pre goth? Maybe. You might have thought that till they put out the next album about how the hate HB, but for now, it was all kinda like life sucks, so lets party!. And in the second part of the 80's, you know damn well that "Horse Bites Dog Cries" will be on there. -T
So, this is just the nomination process. Don't bother voting here. Just nominate either albums we suggested or add to the list albums that we forgot. Cause we do that. We forget. A lot. Welcome to FTTW. Also, remember this is about fun and these are only our opinions and opinions vary. Fun, damn it. FUN! Don't get all pedantic and condescending on us. Cause the last person that did that kind of got an earful from us.
Have fun and let's get this thing complete. Nominate, then chili dogs. Always the chili dogs.
FIRST HALF. 1980-1984.
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