Ted Coleman Band ‎– Taking Care of Business (1980)

Taking Care of Business is an album by American jazz-funk/soulsters the Ted Coleman Band, released in 1980 on JSR Records. “Due Consideration” is marked by rising/falling 3rds within a two-chord (G/Cm) verse sequence. An octave bassline/hi-hat slide accents the chordal arc (E♭/Dm/Gm) of the bridge. The verse theme is reimagined with an enveloped guitar solo, […]

Futuro Antico ‎– Dai Primitivi All’Elettronica (1980)

Dai Primitivi All’Elettronica is an album by Italian avant-garde combo Futuro Antico, recorded in July 1980 and released a decade later on Casal Gajardo Records. The album crosses experimental drone music with electronic minimalism and percussive maximalism. It was recorded two months after their self-pressed eponymous cassette. “Piano Synt” starts with sparkling piano filigree on […]

Airplay ‎– Airplay (1980)

Airplay is the sole album by the namesake project of producers/composers Jay Graydon and David Foster, recorded with assorted LA studio musicians. Released in 1980 on RCA, the album consists of 10 collaborative originals, two of which had recently been cut by associated acts Earth, Wind & Fire (“After the Love Is Gone”) and the […]

The Buggles ‎– The Age of Plastic (1980)

The Age of Plastic is the first of two albums by The Buggles, the studio project of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes. Released in January 1980 on Island Records, the release was preceded by the duo’s version of “Video Killed the Radio Star” — co-written with departed third-wheel Bruce Woolley, who concurrently recorded the song […]

Group 87 ‎– Group 87 (1980)

Group 87 is the first of two albums by the namesake American studio-based supergroup. Released in 1980, the album finds the studio trio augmented by drumming virtuoso Terry Bozzio and Austrian producer/musician Peter Wolf.   Tracklist: A1. Future of the City A2. Magnificent Clockworks A3. Frontiers 1856 A4. Sublime Feline B1. The Bedouin B2. While […]

Peter Gabriel ‎– Peter Gabriel (1980)

Peter Gabriel — aka the “melting face” album — is the third consecutive self-titled solo album from Peter Gabriel. The album was issued in 1980 by Geffen after having been rejected by the artist’s longtime label Atlantic. Stylistically, the songs experiment with the buzzy, trebly sonorities of the day. Percussive ethno sounds course through “No […]

The Associates ‎– The Affectionate Punch (1980)

The Affectionate Punch is a 1980 album by Scottish duo The Associates. Joining the team of Billy Mackenzie and Alan Rankine for this debut offering is Cure frontman Robert Smith, who sings backup vocals on the chordally scrambled title-track. Sporting a clean, refined, and vocally suave sound reflective of the duo’s image, the album is […]

Judas Priest – British Steel (1980)

British Steel is the sixth studio album by English metal band Judas Priest, released in 1980 on Columbia. Tracklist: A1. “Rapid Fire” (4:08) A2. “Metal Gods” (4:00) A3. “Breaking the Law” (2:35) A4. “Grinder” (3:58) A5. “United” (3:35) B1. “You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise” (5:04) B2. “Living After Midnight” (3:31) B3. […]

Joy Division – Closer (1980)

Closer is the second and final proper album by Mancunian mood rockers Joy Division, released in July 1980 on Factory Records. The release was foreshadowed by the death of frontman Ian Curtis, who committed suicide in May of that year. Tracklist: A1. “Atrocity Exhibition” (6:04) A2. “Isolation” (2:53) A3. “Passover” (4:46) A4. “Colony” (3:55) A5. “A […]