May 24, 2015

Stupefied: The NME UK Top 50 Singles of 1980

Back by no demand whatsoever, I felt inspired to continue the series of NME year-end lists, so here you go - 1980 in all of its glory. Lake Placid, Russian boycott, great records & more video with each release. You could easily do a second, completely different, list, and it would be just as good. Please note that the Spotify list is not as complete as the YouTube list due to availability.

01. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
02. The Jam - Going Underground
03. The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom
04. Joy Division - Atmosphere
05. David Bowie- Ashes to ashes
06. Bow Wow Wow- I Want My Baby On Mars
07. Grace Jones - Private Life
08. David Bowie - Fashion
09. BOW WOW WOW - C30 C60 C90 Go!
10. Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
11. The Teardrop Explodes - Treason
12. Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno
13. The Jam - Start
14. UB40 - Food for Thought/King
15. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - New Amsterdam
16. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
17. Echo and the Bunnymen - Rescue
18. UB40 - My Way Of Thinking
19. Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
20. The English Beat - Best Friend
21. Elvis Costello & The Attractions ~ I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
22. The Cramps - Drug Train
23. The Fall - Fiery Jack
24. Dexys Midnight Runners - Dance Stance (Original 7'' Version)
25. Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary
26. The English Beat - Hands Off... She's Mine
27. The Subterraneans - My Flamingo
28. Magazine- A Song From Under The Floorboards
29. Comsat Angels - Independence Day
30. The Undertones - My Perfect Cousin
31. Stray Cats - Runaway Boys
32. Robert Wyatt - At Last I Am Free
33. Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues
34. Dexy's Midnight Runners - There, There My Dear
35. Madness - My Girl
36. Squeeze - Another Nail In My Heart
37. A Certain Ratio - Flight
38. Au Pairs - Diet / It's Obvious (7")
39. Tom Browne - Funkin' For Jamaica
40. Caberet Voltaire - Seconds Too Late
41. Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
42. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - High Fidelity
43. Aswad - Warrior Charge
44. Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Love Comes in Spurts
45. Smack - Edward Fox
46. The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me
47. Bette Bright - Hello I Am Your Heart
48. Linx - Rise and Shine
49. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Happy House
50. Adam and the Ants - Dog Eat Dog

May 21, 2015

Shot By: Josh Cheuse

Madonna gets ready for a very early performance at Danceteria, circa 1982. By Josh Cheuse.

Audio of the Week: Ride, Recorded Live For BBC 6Music, 5.20.15

They're back, and sounding good. Very good.


Cool Your Boots
Chelsea Girl
Dreams Burn Down
Time of Her Time
Vapour Trail
Drive Blind
Leave Them All Behind

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    May 19, 2015

    Documentary of Note: Big Gold Dream - Scottish Post Punk, and Infiltrating The Mainstream

    Here's a good one thats been in the works for a while, so keep an eye out for it! Big Gold Dream is a feature length doc from director Grant McPhee, and tells the tale of Scotland’s post-punk & indie music scene circa 1977-1985. It will apparently premiere, naturally, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 19th June.

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