My favorite albums from 1982 numbers 17-20

Here are the first four of my favorites from 1982.  This is a very eclectic group, as I think you’ll see from my entire list.  What do you think?

Artist Album and Release Date
20.  The Who It’s Hard

Release date: September 4, 1982

who-its hardLink to the Video for Eminence Front: In 1982, It’s Hard was billed as the Who’s farewell album and tour.  I can remember that Milwaukee wasn’t on the tour schedule, and well, we were Milwaukee, how could we not be on the schedule.  A DJ at the local rock station decided to sit on a ledge at his studio until the Who added Milwaukee to the schedule.  They did add Milwaukee towards the end of the schedule.  Little did we know then, that the Who would have several farewell tours over the next 30 years.   Through High School, the Who was one of my favorite bands.  I saw midnight showings of both Tommy and Quadrophenia several times.From this album, I still love the long intro to Eminence Front.
19. Stray Cats Built for Speed

Release date: June 7, 1982

stray cats-built for speedLink to the video for Rock This Town:

Link to the video for Stray Cat Strut:

Rock This Town introduced me and the country to Rockabilly.  The entire album really holds up and is fun to listen to.  It’s not a surprise that they didn’t have anything else very successful after this.  One album is still enough.  I do particularly like the chord progression in Stray Cat Strut as it’s a traditional blues progression that you can find in other songs.
18. The Cure Pornography

Release date: May 3, 1982

cure-pornographyHere’s a link to the full album: My first introduction to the Cure was from the Album “the Head on the Door.”  From this I went backwards to hear their other albums.  This is a great album.
17. Simon and Garfunkel Concert in Central Park

Release date: February 16, 1982

Simon and GarfunkelSounds of Silence from Central Park: In the summer of 1983, Simon and Garfunkel played at Milwaukee County Stadium.  I can remember, getting to the stadium early with a group of friends, and waited for the gates to open to the outfield grass.  When the gates opened, we ran and ended up near the front of the stage.  The field was all General Admission seating.  I can’t imagine anything like this today.  It was a great concert and one I still remember.


Remainder of My Honorable Mention for 1982

This has taken a while to put together as 1982 was a very prolific and fun year for music.  I have updated the playlist below to include everything within my Honorable Mention.  It is now 41 songs and over 2.5 hours long.

I will start publishing my top 20 albums for 1982 this week.  They’ll be in order from 20 to 1.  I hope you enjoy.  Please let me know what you think.  This is becoming a labor of love, and quite enjoyable to create.  I’m re-listening to all of the albums.

This is the entire list of my honorable mention.

Honorable Mention: Good Music, Memorable, but Not Great Albums, some awesome singles on this list.

Artist and Links Album Title and Songs
A Flock of Seagulls


A Flock of Seagulls

  • I Ran
Adam Ant


Friend or Foe

  • Goody Two Shoes


Aldo Nova


Aldo Nova

  • Fantasy


Bow Wow Wow


Last of the Mohicans (EP)

  • I Want Candy


The Clash

Combat Rock

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go
  • Rock the Casbah


Elvis Costello


Imperial Bedroom

  • Almost Blue


John Cougar


American Fool

  • Hurts So Good
  • Jack and Diane


Marshall Crenshaw


Marshall Crenshaw

  • Someday, Someway


Thomas Dolby


Golden Age of Wireless

  • She Blinded Me with Science


Eddy Grant


Killer on the Rampage

  • Electric Avenue
Peter Gabriel


Peter Gabriel (Security)

  • Shock the Monkey


Golden Earring



  • Twilight Zone


The Fixx


Shuttered Room

  • Stand Or Fall
  • Red Skies


Haircut 100


Pelican West

  • Love Plus One
Human League



  • Don’t You Want Me


Billy Idol


Billy Idol

  • White Wedding


Michael Jackson



  • Billy Jean
  • Beat It


Huey Lewis and the News


Picture This

  • Do You Believe in Love


Missing Persons


Spring Session M

  • Destination Unknown


Modern English


After the Snow

  • I Melt with You


Moving Pictures


Days of Innocence

  • What About Me


Alan Parsons Project


Eye in the Sky

  • Eye in the Sky


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers


Long After Dark

  • You Got Lucky


Psychedelic Furs


Forever Now

  • Love My Way





  • Subdivisions


Simple Minds


New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)

  • Promised You a Miracle




Sweets from a Stranger

  • Black Coffee in Bed


Billy Squire


Emotions in Motion

  • Everybody Wants You




Famous Last Words

  • It’s Raining Again




Eye of the Tiger 
Talk Talk


The Party’s Over

  • Talk Talk


Thompson Twins


In the Name of Love 



  • Reap the Wild Wind


Wall of Voodoo


Call of the West

  • Mexican Radio




Under the Big Black Sun

  • Riding with Mary




English Settlement

  • Senses Working Overtime


Yaz or Yazoo


Upstairs at Eric’s

  • Don’t Go


First Ten Honorable Mention Albums from 1982

Here is a playlist from the first ten artists for Honorable Mention. Over the next several days and this coming week, I will complete the Honorable Mention list and then start releasing my top 20 for 1982. I hope you enjoy.

And by the way, I apologize in advance for some of the video clips from YouTube. I did my best to get the actual videos, but in some cases they were copyright protected and not posted on YouTube.

Let me know what you think, but I do realize it’s hard to give feedback without seeing the entire list.  I’m working on it.  I felt it was very important to have an Honorable Mention.  I’m defining Honorable mention as 1) Good Music, 2) Memorable, 3) but Not Great Albums.  And there are some awesome singles on this list.

I updated the list in my posting from 4/14 so I removed it here.

My top 80’s music

A few months ago, a friend of mine gifted to me the top 1000 albums of all-time.  Here is a link to the list.  It includes updates made in 2012:

It was an amazing gift.  The list has many great albums, but also some that are head scratchers and others I had never heard of.  I’m enjoying making my way through all of the albums.  This got me to thinking, what would my lists look like.  I worked in retail record stores and the record industry throughout much of the 1980’s, from 1982-1990.  I have an incredible knowledge of music from the 80’s.  Working in record stores and independent record stores, I often heard artists and albums first.  I’m going to start with the year 1982 and work my way both forwards and backwards.  I’m starting with my top albums by year and then my top singles.  I think I’ll define top as 1) important to me, 2) important to other artists, and 3) great music.  I’m sure many of you will disagree with my lists, I hope you all do, but maybe you’ll listen to something for the first time or listen to something you haven’t listened to in a long time.

Be on the lookout over the next few weeks for my lists to begin.  I’m very excited to start this.