80s Music Exposed! - 80s Albums Reviewed

80s Music Exposed! - 80s Albums Reviewed

Chris and Henry are on an continuing journey to visit the past, wrestle it into the unexpurgated present, … and perhaps give it the context it deserves. Joined by their social media director Megan, they review 5 albums for each month of the 80s and nail down whether or not you should dig these out AGAIN!

Episodes

August 4, 2022 61 min

Yep, we did it.  We listened to it.  Track by track. 

  • Was the world right about Huey Lewis?    
  • Does the album Sports deserve the cinematic spiel it was given in American Psycho? 
  • Do you want a new drug?   Is sometimes bad, ya know, uh.......bad? 
  • Also, - an 80sMusicExposed FIRST!   

    We introduce NEW music from an artist we love JUNATIME! 

    The podcast with guts:  80s Music Exposed

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    Just in time for your July 4th weekend! 

    October 1983 records include one from our Patron subscribers!
    Was this the genesis of the rise of Genesis or the genesis of the decline of Genesis?
    Should it be "Color by Numbers" in the US?
    Was Lionel Richie's "Can't Slow Down" a "Thriller lite"? 
    Nick Heyward?    Who was that?
    Cyndi Lauper - did she popularize punk/alternative for the masses?

    Genesis | Genesis
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    New episodes are on the way  - but here's one you might have missed from the early days of 80s Exposed (2018) -  We've grown a lot in 4 years - and learned a lot too!!!   

    This one was a favorite from before many of you found us!   Megan hadn't even joined us yet!

    Find us on the web!   www.80sMusicExposed.com

    Breakdowns on -

    The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
    Judas Priest - British Steel
    Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
    X - Los Angele...

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    Try finding the keyboard shortcuts for the two dots in MOTLEY CRUE (I refuse).

    Like champs, we just come back to blow your mind once again with selection from the stack for SEPTEMBER 1983.   Stick your hand in the (non-bargain) bin to have a look at these again!

    Welcome to the only podcast to DARE to put this line up on the same show: 

    Shout at the Devil | Motley Crue
    Swordfishtrombones | Tom Waits
    Labour of Love | UB40
    Chomp | Pylon
    Ju...

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    Special episode on the massively commercially successful David Bowie album Let's Dance, his first for EMI America, released 39 years ago - in April of 1983.
     
    After signing a 17 million dollar contract, he chose a fresh new producer in Nile Rodgers, and history was made!

    We talk about the importance of Let's Dance to the cultural moment, and prattle on about whether it's worth your time.  Guess what we say ?

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    Seen any good TV lately?   Take some BC or STANBACK POWDER and try to ignore The Slap heard around the world, and focus on an episode chock full of LETTER BAND NAMES!

    VISIT:  80sMusicExposed.com!

    Which of these statements is true:
    a) Henry now loves Billy Joel.
    b) Every podcast now mentions XTC somewhere.
    c)  Dazzle Ships is underrated. 

    An Innocent Man | Billy Joel
    Mummer | XTC
    Flick of the switch | AC/Dc
    Dazzle Ship | OMD
    Rock for a ...

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    Back to a regular format show, featuring albums from JULY 1983!!

    Questions answered include:   
    Was Metallica a thrash metal band?   
    Were those bagpipes on the Big Country albums?   
    Was The Final Cut really a Pink Floyd album?   
    Was Robert Palmer defined by his biggest hits?   
    What and who was ZAPP? 

    Kill em All | Metallica
    The Crossing | Big Country
    The Final Cut | Pink Floyd
    Pride | Robert Palmer
    ZAPP III | Zapp



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    Attention Material Girls, and all others!    The long-awaited Madonna episode is here!

    As we get together to pass judgment on Madonna's solo album from 1983,  its ALSO an opportunity to discuss how Madonna does 2022, the Instagram era, ageism, and her seismic impact on 1983 and culture since then!

    Happy 2022 everyone!
     
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    Holidays are over, but we keep on givin'! 

    Megan, Henry, and Chris throw down on records from JUNE 1983!

  • Did Henry interview David Byrne? 
  • Was Stevie Ray Vaughn proto-shoegaze?
  • Midnight Star wrote about sex!  A lot! 
  • Was Donna Summer into Jesus? 
  • Was The Church a better band after they "sold out"?  
  • All will be revealed!!!! 

    Speaking In Tongues | Talking Heads
    Texas Flood | Stevie Ray Vaughn
    No Parking on the dance floor | Midnig...

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    WE  ARE STILL GOING!   Just in time for your holiday, a new edition of 80sX comes atcha!

    FOR MAY 1983, what do we have for thee?

    Reach the Beach | The Fixx
    Piece of Mind | Iron Maiden
    Power Corruption and Lies | New Order
    Life's a Riot with Spy... | Billy Bragg
    Eyes That See In The Dark | Kenny Rogers

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    We are up to April 1983  (alt-April?)- and there are as many 80s albums falling into our laps like rain.  (Maybe like leaves since we are recording in the fall?)  Henry, Chris, and Megan catch these five albums from April of 1983!!!

    Whammy! | B-52's
    Murmur  | R.E.M.
    In Outer Space | Sparks
    Violent Femmes | Violent Femmes
    High Land, Hard Rain | Aztec Camera

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    Henry, Chris, and Megan jump in, hang on, and go back to the bin to cover albums from March 1983!

    Eliminator  | ZZ Top
    Candy Girl | New Edition
    Metal Health |  Quiet Riot
    The Hurting | Tears for Fears
    TRUE | Spandau Ballet

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    A FULL EPISODE dedicated to the Final Album By The Police - Synchronicity!

    Who was Scylla and Charybdis?
    Megan, Chris, and Henry get Gordy another beer and discuss one of the biggest albums of the 80s by The Police!

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    February brings us the battle of the vocalists!   We put Bono, Steve Perry,  Ian McCullough, and yes uh..... Dennis DeYoung (?) in the ring to duke it out!    Who prevails?   Who referees?   Who has the gloves on?  Who doesn't?

    Also somehow we review ANOTHER Ramones album? 

    Frontiers | Journey
    War | U2
    Porcupine | Echo & the Bunnymen
    Kilroy Was Here | Styx
    Subterranean Jungle | The Ramones

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    Henry, Chris and Megan kick the doors down on 1983, and decide which of these albums from January 1983 are worth listening to.    Was 1983 the year of the raspy voice?   Did Foghorn Leghorn like Alabama or Def Leppard more?

    Albums considered are:
    Pyromania | Def Leppard
    Sweet Dreams  | Eurythmics
    Pancho and Lefty | Merle Haggard /Willie Nelson
    The Closer You get | Alabama
    Cut's Like A Knife | Bryan Adams

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    May 14, 2021 65 min

    After entirely too many weeks of challenges, Chris and Henry and Megan throw down and FINALLY close out 1982, holding court on all that fell into our earholes, and preparing to plunge upward to the year 1983!!!!

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    Dec. 1982 - The world knows technology is coming - undercurrents of suspicion and some worry about where this is headed, and some think it’s just a cute new boyfriend/girlfriend. 

    Wesley Willis wore an Eddy Grant costume! 

    Killer on the Rampage | Eddy Grant
    Trans | Neil Young
    Shabooh Shoobah | INXS
    All Four One | The Motels
    Night and Day | Joe Jackson

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    Henry, Chris and Megan start shutting down the year with: 

  • Food comparisons 
  • A band named after a beverage
  • Spurious claims about Lionel Richie
  • Everyone must be hungry!

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    CODA | Led Zeppelin
    Music For A New Society | John Cale
    Lionel Richie | Lionel Richie
    Rip It Up | Orange Juice
    Long After Dark | Tom Petty

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    The long-awaited and eagerly anticipated reckoning with THRILLER by Michael Jackson is here!

    Chris, Henry, and Megan deal with the best selling album of all time, and discuss the cultural impact of Michael Jackson on the world, and his tarnished legacy.

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     In October 1982, masters of the craft swung for the fences - in a bid for artistic, commercial and critical success.     
    ….and another band showed up also. 

    Chris, Henry, and Megan help you decide which was which from this month in a decade that mattered! 

    The Nightfly | Donald Fagan
    1999 | Prince
    Midnight Love | Marvin Gaye
    H2O | Hall & Oates
    Kissing To Be Clever | Culture Club

    SPOTIFY LINK - OCTOBER 1982

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