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Top 50 Albums- Readers' List 1982

After having been propelled further by the New Romantic movement and becoming much easier to handle, the Synthesizers became dominate in pop music and possible formula for future success.  'Dare' which was released in 1981 was a perfect representative for Synth-pop. They also won the BRIT Award for the best Breakthrough act. Following their success story other band like Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Soft Cell adopted synthesizers as main instruments. Even Kraftwerk was back in the charts. What else is popular 30 years after, have a look in our charts below:




1.The Cure- Pornography [Fiction]
The Cure released their fourth studio album 'Pornography' in May 1982. It's the Cure's most gothic album and it represents the conclusion of the musical phase which began with 'Seventeen Seconds' and 'Faith'. 'Pornography' charted well in the UK and has gained much more respect over the years, to the point that it is now considered "one of the key gothic rock albums" of all time. The album featured the hit single "One Hundred Years" which was released in July 1982. 'Pornography' was remastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road Studios and reissued in the UK on 25 April 2005 (26th in the US) as part of Universal's Deluxe Edition series. 

2.Depeche Mode- A Broken Frame [Mute]
Depeche Mode released their second studio album 'A Broken Frame' in September 1982. The album was written entirely by Martin Gore and recorded after the departure of Vince Clarke. It was produced by Daniel Miller and Depeche Mode and it was issued by Mute. The album featured the hit singles "The Meaning of Love", "See You" and "Leave in Silence", but none of the singles had long-term success compared to most of Depeche Mode's other albums' singles. 'A Broken Frame' has been considered by the fans as one of the worst Depeche Mode albums. It was reissued in 2006 with a bonus DVD.


3.Simple Minds- New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) [Virgin]
Simple Minds released their fifth studio album 'New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84' in September 1982. It was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe. The album entered the UK charts at #3 and in the US, A&M issued some limited edition gold marble vinyl pressings of the album. The album was produced by Peter Walsh and it was issued by Virgin Records. Several songs were taken from the album and released as singles including "Promised You A Miracle", "Glittering Prize" and "Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)". The album has generated substantial critical acclaim since its release; it was included in the list 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. 'New Gold Dream...' was reissued by Virgin in 2002/03.



4.ABC- The Lexicon of Love [Vertigo / Mercury]
'The Lexicon of Love' was the debut album for ABC which was released in June 1982. The concept of the album was that the singer experiences heartache as he tries and fails to have a meaningful relationship. The album was produced by Trevor Horn and Steve Brown and engineered by Gary Langan. "Tears Are Not Enough", "All of My Heart", "Poison Arrow", and "The Look of Love (Part One)" were all Top 20 hits in the UK; the last two also charted in the US, peaking at #25 and #14 respectively. The album reached #1 on the British charts, and peaked at #24 in the U.S. charts. In 2004, a deluxe 2-disc reissue including outtakes and early demos and a live performance of the album from 1982 was released on the Neutron label.


 5.Yazoo- Upstairs at Eric's [Mute]
Yazoo released their debut album 'Upstairs at Eric's' in August 1982. The album was produced by the band, E.C. Radcliffe with assistance from Daniel Miller. It was released on Mute and It reached # 2 in the UK Albums Chart and # 92 in the US Billboard 200. The album contained two hit singles, both released in 1982 and reaching the top ten in The UK. 'Upstairs at Eric's' has been reissued and remastered in 2008 via Mute.


6.Duran Duran- Rio [EMI / Capitol]
'Rio' was the second album by Duran Duran released in May 1982. The album was produced by Colin Thurston and it reached #2 in the UK and #1 in Australia. The album was re-released in the United States in November 1982. It earned a Gold disc on 1 March 1983, and went Platinum on 26 April 1983, eventually reaching Double Platinum status. It peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US on 12 March 1983, and remained on the chart for 129 weeks. The album featured the hit singles: "Rio", "My Own Way", "Hungry Like A Wolf" and "Save A Prayer". 'Rio' was remastered several times from 1993 to 2009.


7.Soft Cell- Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing [Some Bizzare]
'Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing' was the follow up to Soft Cell best selling album 'Non Stop Erotic Cabaret', but it was much more dance-oriented than its predecessor. The EP was released on 21 June 1982 by Some Bizzare Records and it was produced by Mike Thorne. The album EP produced a top five hit, a cover of Judy Street's 1966 song "What?", as well as remixes of both sides of the band's first single, "Memorabilia" and "A Man Could Get Lost". "Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing" was reissued on Cd in 1992 and 1998 with bonus tracks.    

8.Siouxsie and the Banshees- A Kiss in the Dreamhouse [Polydor / Warner Bros]
Siouxsie and the Banshees released their fifth studio album 'A Kiss in the Dreamhouse' in November 1982. The album was issued by Polydor in the UK and by Warner Bros in the USA. It peaked on the UK Albums Chart at number eleven and the Banshees claimed it to be their personal best, until the release of Peepshow in 1988. The album featured the singles "Slowdive" and "Melt", both released during 1982. It was reissued, remastered, and expanded in 2009. Mojo magazine pronounced it the best album of the year 1982. Burning Flame list No 8. 


9. Ultravox- Quartet [Chrysalis]
 'Quartet' was the sixth album for Ultravox and the thir with Midge Ure as a front man. The album was released in October 1982 for Chrysalis Records and it was produced by George Martin. All songs were written by Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann. Four singles were taken from the album and released as singles: "Reap The Wild Wind", "Hymn", "Visions in Blue" and" "We Came To Dance". The album peaked at no.6 on the UK album chart and was certified Gold by the BPI in December 1982 for 100,000 copies sold. It also charted at #13 in Germany, and at #61 in the United States. It was reissued in 1998 and 2009. Ultravox' brand new album 'Brilliant' was released in May this year.



10. Roxy Music- Avalon [E'G]
Roxy Music released their eight studio album 'Avalon' in May 1982. It was a huge commercial success, hitting #1 in the UK (for 3 weeks) and staying on the album charts for over a year and it is the only Roxy Music album which went platinum in the USA. The album featured the hit singles "More Than This", "Avalon" and "Take A Chance With Me". 'Avalon' was reissued several times from 1984 to 2007.


11.The Associates- Sulk [WEA / Sire]
The Associates released their third album 'Sulk' in May 1982. The album was produced by Mike Hedges and the songs were written and composed by Alan Rankine who left the band after this album release. The album was issued on several different record labels with different track listing. All releases featured the two hit singles "Club Country" and "Party Fears Two" which managed to enter the UK charts. 'Sulk' was reissued with bonus tracks on CD for the first time in 2000.

12. Visage- The Anvil [Polydor]
'The Anvil' was the second album for Visage released in March 1982 for Polydor. The album reached #6 in the UK and was certified "Silver" by the British Phonographic Industry in April 1982. 'The Anvil' was also the last Visage project to feature Ultravox frontman Midge Ure who left the band after its release. The album featured the hit singles "The Damned Don't Cry" and "Night train", both released in 1982.  It was re-released on CD again on 17 March 2008, containing more bonus tracks and detailed liner notes.

13.Kate Bush- The Dreaming [EMI]
'The Dreaming' was the fourth album by Kate Bush which was released in September 1982. It was the first album Kate Bush released on her own and it peaked at no. 3 on the UK album chart and has been certified Silver by the BPI. The album featured the hit singles "Suspended in Gaffa", "Sat in Your Lap", "The Dreaming", "There Goes Tenner" and "Night of the Swallow", all released during 1982 and 1983. Despite the album's relatively lacklustre sales elsewhere, The Dreaming was Bush's first album to dent the US Billboard Top 200, largely due to the growing influence of college radio. 'The Dreaming' was reissued in 2011.

14.Thomas Dolby- The Golden Age of Wireless [Venice in Peril]
Thomas Dolby released his debut album 'The Golden Age of Wireless' in March 1982 for EMI. All songs on the album were written and mostly produced by Dolby himself. The album is notable for containing the pop hit "She Blinded Me with Science", following the album's overall theme of radio are the songs "Airwaves", "Commercial Breakup", and "Radio Silence,". A remastered "Collector's Edition" of 'The Golden Age of Wireless' was released on 13 July 2009, complete with bonus tracks, personal sleeve notes and a DVD of the 'Live Wireless' music video.

15.Talk Talk- The Party's Over [EMI]
'The Party's Over' was the debut album by Talk Talk. It was released in 1982 and produced by Colin Thurston, who was a former engineer for David Bowie but was better known for producing Duran Duran's first two albums. The album was issued by EMI and it entered the Billboard Top 200 reaching #132 and #21 in the UK charts. 'The Party's Over' featured the hit singles "Today" and "Talk Talk" and it was reissued in 1997 and more recent in 2012. The cover artwork was designed by James Marsh.


16. A Flock of Seagulls- A Flock of Seagulls [Jive]
A Flock of Seagulls released their self titled debut album in April 1982 on Jive. The album was produced by Mike Howlett and Bill Nelson and reached the top 10 in the USA. There were several hit singles taken from the album including their biggest hit "I Ran (So Far Away)", which reached the Top 10 in the U.S. and New Zealand, as well as #1 in Australia. The album also featured the hit singles "Modern Love is Automatic", "Space Age Love Song" and "Telecommunication". The album was remastered in 2011 by Cherry Pop.


17.Blancmange- Happy Families [London]
'Happy Families' was officially the first album for Blancmange which was released in late 1982. The album was recorded during 1982, it was produced by Mike Howlett and released for London Records. The album featured ten tracks from which four were released as singles, "Feel Me", "Waves", "Living on The Ceiling" and a double a side I've Seen The Word"/ "God's Kitchen". Happy Families was released on CD in 1987 and in 2008.

18. XTC- English Settlement [Virgin]
'English Settlement' was the fifth studio album by the English band XTC, released on February 12, 1982. The album reached No. 5 on the UK Album Chart and No. 48 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album spawned three UK singles: "Senses Working Overtime", "Ball And Chain" and "No Thugs in Our House". It was produced by Hugh Padgham and the group and it was released by Virgin Records. 'English Settlement' was reissued in 1991 and in 2001.

19. The Psychedelic Furs- Forever Now [CBS Records]
The Psychedelic Furs released their third studio album in September 1982 on the CBS Records label. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and it featured the hit single "Love My Way" which appeared in several movies including 'The Wedding Singer' and 'Valley Girl'. 'Forever Now' was reissued with bonus tracks in 2002 by Columbia/Legacy and in 2011 on vinyl by Vinyl180 in the UK in 2011 without bonus content.

20. Gang of Four- Songs of The Free [Warner Bros Records]
Gang of Four released their third studio album 'Songs of The Free' in 1982. The album was produced by Andy Gill and Jon King and it was released by Warner Bros Records. Two songs were released as singles, "I Love a Man in a Uniform" and "Call Me Up". Pitchfork Media listed 'Songs of the Free' as 99th best album of the 1980s. The album was reissued twice, in 1996 and more recent in 2008 by EMI. 

4 comments:

Edoc said...

Wow, I was right there with you until The Cure's Pornography. I guess that album is a love/hate thing, and I'm on the wrong side.

Bori B. said...

Overrated, and I agree with you, love/hate thing.
'New Gold Dream...' should have won this race.

Dan Coogan said...

Men at Work - Business as Usual

Anonymous said...

Hardly that A broken frame is better than New Gold Dream...NGD is one of the best albums of all time...