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!


February 9, 2023 58 mins

Weeee're baaaaaack!  We simply can't be faded.

Thanks to everyone who continues to remember us and keep us in the feed after the Big Hiatus!
We return with an honored GUEST host - Heather Sommerhauser of JUNATIME, who talks to us about her work and helps us fish out the best of 1983 and put to bed the best and worst of it!

1983 Year End 80s Music Exposed Spotify Playlist

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Big grab of underground/alt drops here at the end of the year, with seminal releases served up for today's listening ears?
Also, Dylan and Elton albums?   How do they fare in the early 80s?
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Hootenanny | The Replacements
Life's a Riot with Spy... | Billy Bragg
Head Over Heels | Cocteau Twins
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The march to the end of 1983 continues with breakdowns and tears about Duran Duran, conflicting ideas on Billy Idol, and question marks about band Yes,  the rise of the Eurythmics and The The.

Rebel Yell  | Billy Idol
Seven and the Ragged Tiger | Duran Duran
90125 | Yes
Touch | Eurythmics
Soul Mining  | The The

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In light of the passing of Olivia Newton-John, thought we'd give folks a chance to check out our take on XANADU - please keep in mind we recorded this 4 years ago - a bit of water under the bridge since then!

Queen - The Game,
Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue 
The Soft Boys  - Underwater Moonlight 
Fela Kuti and Africa 70 - I.T.T.
Olivia Newton John and ELO - Xanadu Soundtrack

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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! 

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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/al...

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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!

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Breakdowns on -

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
Judas Priest - British ...

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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<...

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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 wha...

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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

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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

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February 4, 2022 56 mins

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 Par...

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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 Ramon...

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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 | Bry...

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May 14, 2021 65 mins

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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