Friday, September 19, 2008

Songs of the Year: 1984 - 1987

1984: Afterimage by Rush from Grace Under Pressure

"Suddenly you were gone from all the lives you left your mark upon." Maybe this is a predictable choice for me. This is probably my second favorite Rush album. The album is one of the most cohesive groups of songs I've ever heard put together. I could have chosen almost any song from the album as my favorite for the whole year.
1985: Raspberry Beret by Prince from Around the World in a Day

This song was actually a very close second to my first choice. However, my first choice turned out to be from 1986. I had just mislabeled that particular song. (The first choice would have been "I Held Her in My Arms by The Violent Femmes.") Not to take away from the Raspberry Beret. Most people think of this song when you mention the word "beret." I hope that you'll listen to this very catchy tune again soon.
1986: Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head by They Might Be Giants from They Might Be Giants

This album is one of the greatest debut albums by a band that there is. Many bands don't have very good debut albums when compared to the rest of their repertoire. However, TMBG really took the world by storm with this album. With songs like "Rhythm Section Want Add," "No One's Gonna Change My Clothes," "I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die" TMBG sets a standard of silly and obscure lyrics that will set them apart from the rest of the college rock universe. The epitome, of course, is the song "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head." "Message to myself: Do the dumb things I gotta do...touch the puppet head."
1987: I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man by Prince from Sign O' the Times
1987 proved to be a very difficult choice for my favorite song. This one took the cake simply because of its catchy melody and excellent guitar solo near the end. Sign O' the Times is an album that should be in every house, apartment, or large live-in van. However, other good songs to look for in 1987: "Why Can't I Be You?" (The Cure), and "Angel" (Aerosmith)


Daniel Larsen said...

Man, I love the 80s. and Yay that TMBG made it on your list! They are still so good (A bunch of my nephews are growing up on their videos for kids now....kinda like School House Rock TMBG-style!)

Some of my favorite bands from the 80s: The Cure, TMBG, Erasure, Annie Lenox, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Anything Box, Information Society, Journey, some Van Halen, Pet Shop Boys, REM, Simple Minds, Thompson Twins, U2, and many more!

Frown Like A Thunderstorm said...

80's music is the best! It has stood the test of time for sure. U2, REM, and the Cure are also some of my favorites. I have always remembered the name "Anything Box" back from the mission times. But I still have never heard them.

Daniel Larsen said...

The most popular song by Anything Box is "Living in Oblivion" (the original...they have lots of remixes on their site).