Favorite Albums of 1979

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I guess you just wanted to see what my unadulterated top list would look like.


Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
Prince
David Bowie - Lodger
Lou Reed - The Bells
The B-52s
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
The Police - Regatta de Blanc
Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box/Second Edition
The Slits - Cut
Joe Jackson - Look Sharp
Talking Heads - Fear of Music
Paul McCartney & Wings - Back To The Egg
Chic - Risque
The Cars - Candy-O
The Clash - London Calling
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
Marianne Faithfull - Broken English
The Residents - Eskimo
ELO - Discovery

(Nostalgic HM: Gary Numan - Pleasure Principle)
(Compilation HM: The Who - The Kids Are Alright (st))
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Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle
Joe Jackson - Look Sharp
Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Sparks - No. 1 in Heaven
Tangerine Dream - Force Majeuere
The Clash - London Calling



Please Quote/Tag Or I'll Miss Your Responses
(in order)


Pink Floyd - The Wall
Supertramp - Breakfast In America
Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door
Nino Ferrer - Blanat
America - Silent Letter
Paul McCartney & Wings - Back To The Egg
Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown
Alan Parsons Project - Eve
George Harrison - George Harrison
Eagles - The Long Run
Electric Light Orchestra - Discovery
Van Halen - II
David Bowie - Lodger
The Police - Reggatta de Blanc
ABBA - Voulez-Vous



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Hey, crumbsroom. The Roaches are sitting here awaiting your approval.



Hey, crumbsroom. The Roaches are sitting here awaiting your approval.

Look Sharp - Joe Jackson
Chrome - Half Machine Lip Moves
Live at the Witch Trials - The Fall
Secondhand Daylight - Magazine
Squeezing Out Sparks - Graham Parker
Cool For Cats -Squeeze
Y - The Pop Group
The Bells - Lou Reed
It's Alive - The Ramones
Lodger - David Bowie
Candy-O - The Cars
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young
s/t - B52's
Duty Now For the Future - Devo
Fear of Music - Talking Heads
XTC - Drums and Wires
This Heat - This Heat
Regatta de Blanc - Police
Fine Art of Surfacing - The Boomtown Rats
Armed Forces - Elvis Costello
Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
Dragnet - The Fall
Broken English - Marianne Faithful
s/t - The Raincoats
Second Edition - Public Image
London Calling - The Clash


And, obviously, the best of all of these.....The Roches self titled debut.



Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Prince
The Police - Reggatta de Blanc
Eagles - The Long Run
Van Halen - II
Alan Parsons Project - Eve
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Bee Gees - Spirits Having Flown
George Harrison - George Harrison
David Bowie - Lodger



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Live at the Witch Trials - The Fall
Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young
This Heat - This Heat
s/t - The Raincoats
Ooof. The fuq was I thinking?



minds his own damn business
On Tusk:


Maybe not an album most would consider for the top spot, I know. I don't know what to say. I think that Buckingham's homemade tracks are marvelous. "Think About Me" is, imo, the very best of the band's pop singles. "Over & Over" is one of my very favorite songs from the 70s, for possibly too personal reasons. Christine was the secret best songwriter/vocalist in the group. I love her so much. (And I'm told I make it fun.)


Here's one for crumbs.





On Tusk:


Maybe not an album most would consider for the top spot, I know. I don't know what to say. I think that Buckingham's homemade tracks are marvelous. "Think About Me" is, imo, the very best of the band's pop singles. "Over & Over" is one of my very favorite songs from the 70s, for possibly too personal reasons. Christine was the secret best songwriter/vocalist in the group. I love her so much. (And I'm told I make it fun.)

I don't think it's a weird number 1. I'm pretty sure I consider Fleetwood Mac close to the greatest pop band of all time, and I would rank Tusk anywhere between their best and third best record of all time (Rumors and Tango in the Night fight between eachother)


Over and Over is easily my favorite track from it. The idea that you have a band where Christine McVie is the supposedly third most important songwriter (who, weirdly, almost always wrote the best songs on every record) says everything that needs to be said about what an astonishing thing they were.



If I was going to rank my top 5 for the year, it would be....


1) s/t - The Roches
2) Duty Now For the Future - Devo
3) Tusk - Fleetwood Mac
4) Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
5) Lodger - David Bowie


Fleetwood Mac > ABBA



Chrome - Half Machine Lip Moves
Hell yes.

while compiling this it belatedly dawned on me whata huge year this was for me. Don't think anything from, say, 1976 wouldve cracked my 1979 Top 10

1 The Fall - Dragnet
2 Chrome - Half Machine Lip Moves
3 Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live Rust. live Lp cheatin, sure, but this thing, OMG
4 The Stranglers - The Raven
5 Gang of Four - Entertainment
6 Tubeway Army- s/t
7 Gary Numan - Replicas
8 Talking Heads - Fear Of Music
9 Devo - Duty now for the future
10 Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle

HM:

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (although as with above, only LB's tracks really)
Graham Central Station - Star Walk
John Cale - Sabotage/Live live album more cheatin but so undeniable
Wire - 154
Sparks - Number One In Heaven
B-52's - s/t
Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming
Herbie Hancock - Feets Don't Fail Me Now
Buzzcocks - Different kind of tension
Raydio - Rock On
Brian Eno - Music For Airports