• Tuesday Ten: 80s

    25 Mar 2008, 19:06 by amodelofcontrol

    I haven't done one in a while, so here we go again. And this week's is all the fault of Infest, really - and more to the point their announcements last week.

    So what am I looking at this week? My favourite 80s albums. When I started thinking about this one, I wasn't sure that I had enough 80s albums to be able to decide, but as it turns out I have far more than I first thought - and indeed I had to whittle this list down to have just ten. I'm going to be crossing genres more than usual perhaps, here...

    Front 242
    Front by Front
    1988
    I'll start with the obvious, perhaps. It's amazing, really. This album is now twenty years old, and still sounds like the future. Legions of EBM/industrial acts have tried to follow this, and no-one has really come that close. It is stuffed with storming dancefloor tracks (the evergreen Headhunter V3.0 [video], obviously and Im Rhythmus Bleiben, for starters) and electronic experimentation (things like Blend the Strengths), and the whole thing is bulletproof. …