episode date - June 22, 2011
It almost goes without saying that albums from the Summer of 1981 were vastly superior to singles from the same era. For starters, the charts started to make little sense, as the change in buying habits and consumer tastes made it nearly impossible to accurately catalog what constituted a ‘hit’.
Secondly, musical tastes had become wildly eclectic in the wake of punk rock and disco. The resultant diversity was great for listeners who appreciated diversity, but difficult for radio programmers, or anyone who had the job of categorizing artists into specific arenas. Most new artists just didn’t fit into existing categories, and the resultant mayhem eventually resulted in the moniker ‘alternative’.
In 1981, it was just really good music. Here’s a taste of what we’re talking about;
1) In Quintessence – Squeeze (East Side Story)
2) Woman’s World – Squeeze (East Side Story)
3) Is That Love – Squeeze (East Side Story)
4) Over the Wall - Echo and the Bunnymen (Heaven Up Here)
5) A Promise - Echo and the Bunnymen (Heaven Up Here)
6) I’m Lucky – Joan Armatrading (Walk Under Ladders)
7) When I Get It Right – Joan Armatrading (Walk Under Ladders)
8) A Dead Song – The Birthday Party (Prayers on Fire)
9) Cry – The Birthday Party (Prayers on Fire)
10) If I Could Keep It for Myself – Gang of Four (Solid Gold)
11) Outside the Trains Don’t Run on Time – Gang of Four (Solid Gold)
12) We’re Desperate - X (Wild Gift)
13) In This House That I Call Home - X (Wild Gift)
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