It's that time of the year when we pay tribute to a certain year in our favorite decade. Counting the years, this will be the year 1985. Musically not so strong, but still a very important year in music history when Bob Geldof and Midge Ure launched the Live Aid. Certainly the biggest event and the first of such kind whose purpose was to raise awareness of poverty and famine in some African countries. "Do They Know It's Christmas Time" was the official anthem for it.
The year 1985 brought a huge milestone for the music industry, as the first album was officially released on CD. It was a debut album of Dire Strait's 'Brother in Arms', which also remained one of the best selling albums to date.
New Wave Gold dream slowly vanished into decadence and the world was waiting for the new genres and new kids.As a result of the readers' list submissions and voting, we manage to compile the following list:
'Low-Life' is the third studio album by New Order released in May 1985 by Factory Records. The album is considered to be among New Order's strongest work, displaying the moment in which the band completed its transformation from post-punk hold-overs to dance rock. The album shows New Order's increased incorporation of synthesizers and samplers, while still preserving the rock aspects of their earlier work. The album included the hit singles "The Perfect Kiss" and "Sub-culture". In 2000, Q magazine placed Low-Life at number 97 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. Low-Life, alongside New Order's 1989 album Technique, was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was re-released and remastered in 2015.
2. The Jesus and Mary Chain- Psychocandy [Blanco y Negro Records]
Psychocandy is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released in November 1985 on Blanco y Negro Records. The album is considered a landmark recording: its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures proved influential on the forthcoming shoegazing genre and alternative rock in general. The album includes the singles "Never Understand", "You Trip Me Up" and "Just Like Honey". The album has frequently appeared in "best ever" album lists, such as Q magazine's "100 Greatest British Albums Ever", where it placed at number 88. In 2006, the album was remastered and released in DualDisc format without "Some Candy Talking" to conform with the original playlist. In 2011, it was re-released (along with the other five studio albums) by Edsel in collaboration with Rhino as a two-CD set with extra tracks.
3. The Smiths- Meat is Murder [Rough Trade Records]
'Meat Is Murder' is the second studio album by the Smiths. It was released on 11 February 1985 by Rough Trade Records. This is band's only album that reached number one in the UK charts and stayed on the charts for thirteen weeks. 'Meat Is Murder' was more strident and political than its predecessor. Morrissey also brought a political stance to many of his interviews, courting further controversy. Among his targets were the Thatcher administration, the monarchy, and his musical contemporaries. In 2003, Meat Is Murder was ranked number 296 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.The album was also included in the book '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die'.
4. Propaganda- A Secret Wish [ZTT]
'A Secret Wish' was the 1985 debut album of Propaganda, released by ZTT Records and produced by Stephen Lipson under the supervision of label boss Trevor Horn. The album featured band's biggest hits "Dr Mabuse", "Duel" and "P-Machinery". The album was followed up quickly in November 1985 by the 'Wishful Thinking' companion remix album. 'A Secret Wish' has been reissued a number of times through the years – including as a deluxe 20th anniversary edition and as a multi-channel SACD. The most recent re-release is the 2010 double CD deluxe edition which marks the album's 25th anniversary.
5. The Cure- The Head on the Door [Polydor]
'The Head on the Door' is the sixth studio album by The Cure, released in August 1985 on record label Polydor. With its variety of styles, it allowed the group to reach a wider audience in both Europe and North America. In the United Kingdom, it quickly became their most successful album to date. It featured the hit singles "Close to Me" and "In Between Days". This is the first Cure album where all the songs are composed by singer and guitarist Robert Smith only. In 2006, the album was re-released by Universal on their Fiction Records/Polydor Records labels, digitally remastered with various demos and live tracks from the era.
6. Prefab Sprout- Steve McQueen
'Steve McQueen' was the second studio album by Prefab Sprout, released in June 1985. The album was released in the United States as 'Two Wheels Good' due to a legal conflict with the estate of American actor Steve McQueen. The album peaked at number 21 on the UK Albums Chart and number 180 on the US Billboard 200. The album was produced by Thomas Dolby and released on Kitchenware label. Steve McQueen has subsequently featured in a number of all-time lists of greatest albums, including The Times, Mojo and The Guardian.
7.Kate Bush- Hounds of Love [EMI]
'Hounds of Love' is the fifth studio album by the English singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush, released by EMI Records on 16 September 1985. It was Bush's second album to top the UK Albums Chart and her best-selling studio album which included the singles "Running Up That Hill", "Cloudbusting", "Hounds of Love", and "The Big Sky". 'Hounds of Love' received critical acclaim and it is considered by many fans and music critics to be Bush's best album, and has been regularly voted one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated at the 1986 BRIT Awards for Best Album, where Bush was also nominated for the awards for Best Producer, Best Female Artist, and for Best Single ("Running Up That Hill").
8. a-ha- Hunting High and Low [Warner Bros]
'Hunting High and Low' is the debut studio album by Norwegian new wave band A-ha, released on 1 June 1985 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was a huge commercial success selling more than 7.8 million units worldwide and featured the hit singles "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.", "Train of Thought" and "Hunting High and Low" and of course their biggest selling single "Take on Me".The group was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1986, making A-ha the first Norwegian band to be nominated for a Grammy. As part of a re-release of their first two albums, Hunting High and Low was expanded and remastered in 2010.
'So Red the Rose' is the platinum-selling album by the Duran Duran-spinoff group Arcadia, which was released in 1985. It was also the only album they released under this moniker. The album included the singles "Election Day", "Goodbye is Forever" and "The Flame" and many musical guests on the album, including David Gilmour, Herbie Hancock, Grace Jones, and Sting. As part of EMI's massive Duran Duran reissue plans, a jewel case 3 disc (2CD, 1 DVD) boxset of So Red the Rose was released 12 April 2010. It included the entire album, single mixes, the b-sides.
10. Clan of Xymox- Clan of Xymox [4AD]
'Clan of Xymox' is Clan of Xymox's first album, released in 1985 on the 4AD label. The album was produced by the 4AD co-founder Ivo Watts-Russell and recorded at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh.The album drew comparisons to Joy Division and The Cure and created a buzz in clubs. Reviewers in subsequent years have derided the album as dated and derivative, but accurately reflecting the emerging goth sound of the time. In the same year, Sounds called the album "a strange and wonderful debut from 4AD's first signing since Dead Can Dance. Particular favourite is 'A Day' which suggests so many places, colours feelings and despairs that it is totally awe inspiring".
11. Bryan Ferry- Boys and Girls [E'G]
12. The Pale Fountains -…from across the Kitchen Table [Virgin]
13. Scritti Pollitti- Cupid & Psyche 85 [Virgin]
14. Dead or Alive- Youthquake [Epic]
15. Dead Can Dance- Spleen and Ideal [4AD]
16. Fine Young Cannibals- Fine Young Cannibals [I.R.S. / London]
17.Tears for Fears- Songs from The Big Chair [Mercury]
18. Cabaret Voltaire- The Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of Lord [Virgin]
19. Grace Jones- Slave to the Rhythm [Manhatten / Island]
20. Howard Jones- Dream into Action [WEA]