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2022 12 Jul

My six favourite albums of 1982

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 6 Comments

Back on Boogie Street after not so funny seven days with Covid. 1982 again. My favourite time travel zone in 2022. One of the strangest years. Sex, drugs, and rock‘n‘roll, sure, if you forget about drugs (except my uninhibited addiction to Julio Cortazar‘s „Rayuela“, deapest reading experience ever), replace, better, equal, the s-word by love, and have a wider view of what has been rocking & rolling my ears. And what a year in music! I had my sympathies for Bruce Springsteen‘s „Nebraska“, and Kate Bush‘s „The Dreaming“, but i didn‘t fall in love with them. And Michael Jackson‘s „Thriller“, no way. „Avalon“, nope. These are my six shining stars. Last year, XTC‘s double album got a fantastic remastering, and is now, as an audiophile vinyl treasure, more than ever, one of the best sounding rock albums of the 80‘s. The music gorgeous anyways, with – sic! – drummer Terry Chambers delivering his masterpiece. Terrific work of a band with senses working overtime. I listened to it yesterday. Loud. It is an album to be heard loud. Mark Smotroff’s song of praise in comment 1. And legendary Kevin Rowlands claims his most famous work should have sounded slightly different, and so, for the 40th anniversary, it will happen, „the director‘s edition“ – marketing strategy? Come on, Eileen! And well, nearly everything is said and written on this blog about my numbers one and two. Wild things run fast, yes, but not in Mr. Eno‘s wilderness. And „Big Science“: a work of avant-garde wonder that is entirely unlike anything else released in the vocal world of 1982. Mr. Tibbetts and Mr. Gabriel are constantly changing their places. By the way, on number 7: Donald Fagen‘s The Nightfly. 




1) Brian Eno: On Land

2) Laurie Anderson: Big Science
3) XTC: English Settlement
4) Kevin Rowlands & Dexy‘s Midnight Runners: Too Rye Aye
5) Peter Gabriel: Security
6) Steve Tibbetts: Northern Song


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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

  2. Rainer Buss:

    Hallo, Herr Engelbrecht!

    In Jahren denkt man ja nicht, aber an das dauernde Hören von Too Rye Ay kann ich mich bestens erinnern, ja, das war 1982. ich habe also nachgeforscht, was damals zu hören war. Hier meine Top 6:

1) Dexy‘s Midnight Runners: Too Rye Ay
    2) Peter Gabriel: 4 

    3) Richard and Linda Thompson: shoot out the lights
4) Roxy Music: Avalon
    5) Kate Bush: The Dreaming

    6) Tom Verlaine: Words from the Front

  3. Michael Engelbrecht:


    Da ist mal ne Liste. Nummer 6 ist grossartig, nach Marquee Moon das Beste von Tom Verlaine. Kaum noch zu bekommen, glaube ich. Ideal für eine reissue. Die Platte habe ich irgendwann verloren. Von 0 auf 8, bei mir, würde ich sagen😉 und Peter Gabriels 4 ist, glaube ich, identisch mit Security. Grosses Album, wie auch 3!!!

  4. Norbert Ennen:

    Da war doch noch mehr: (in no particular order)

    John Cale-Music For A New Society
    Lifetones-For A Reason (This Heat-Members In Dub)
    Talking Heads-The Name Of The Band Is T. H.
    Elvis Costello-Imperial Bedroom
    Scientist-Scientist Wins The World Cup
    Bad Brains-Same
    Richard & Linda Thompson-Shoot Out The Lights (Aka The Divorce Album)

  5. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Always so much more.

    Music for a new society, ein tiefes dunkles Werk des John Cale!

    Lifetones, auch ein Juwel, gern machts gespielt.

    Aber das Doppelvinyl aus dem hause ape records von XTC English Settlement ist der Hammer. Wenn man die Band mag, eine Offenbarung!

  6. Lorenz:

    English Settlement war damals mein erstes Kennenlernen von XTC. Und zwar als Doppelalbum (es gab auch nur eine Einzel LP mit eben weniger Songs). Unvergesslich.

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