Category Archives: Bumstead in the 80s

The twenty albums [to be] reviewed under this category are those I listened to most during the eighties. This means that albums like Racey’s ‘Smash and Grab’ or ‘Oh No It’s Devo’ which I was addicted to in the 80s (along with hordes of top 40 pap) absolutely must, in good conscience, appear on this list. However, I’ve tried to place albums in order according to how I feel about them now. Thus Racey’s ‘Smash And Grab’ which was probably my most played album in the 80s (read the review to find out why) gets shunted down to #20 in recognition that it’s rubbish and holds only nostalgic value for me now. Probably more than 50% of the list falls into that category, while a few items still hold my fancy. Billy Idol’s self-titled album, for example, still sounds great!

R.E.M., Green, 1989

I know an R.E.M. fan who loved them right up until Document. When Green, came out—their major label debut—he was so appalled he dropped them for about ten years, missed out on Automatic For The People and only discovered it … Continue reading

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Eurythmics, 1984 For The Love Of Big Brother, 1984

My teenage Eurythmics fandom began with their first big hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” whereupon I purchased the back catalogue, In The Garden, Sweet Dreams and Touch and I continued buying their albums up until 1987’s Savage, which … Continue reading

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Devo, Oh, No! It’s Devo, 1982

Talk about an apt album title. Oh no, indeed. Here’s why Devo were such a great band for a teenager in 1985 – they were an alternative to mainstream synth pop, that is, a way out of the blandness of top … Continue reading

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Racey, Smash And Grab, 1979

Er…awful to admit, but it all starts here. My life in music seeded in the kitschiest crap of the disco era. I could probably write a full review of this album with my eyes closed while playing the album in … Continue reading

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