(in no order, just numbered for convenience, “top” means I wore the record or cassette out through repeated playing :-))

Top 10 albums of my teenage years:

  1. The Beat – Special Beat Service - (I confess and Save it for later!!!!!)
  2. ABC – Lexicon of Love (add and subtract but as a matter of fact)
  3. The The– Soulmining (every track especially loved Perfect)
  4. Joe Jackson – Night and Day (up town downtown; I was trying to find Chinatown)
  5. Heaven 17 – The Luxury Gap (although I played the UK import 12” of Let Me Go even more!)
  6. Roxy Music – Avalon (perfect melancholy )
  7. Dexy’s Midnight Runner’s – Too rye ay (‘til I believe in my Soul!)
  8. The Smiths – The Smiths (simply the best angst)
  9. New Order – Power Corruption and Lies - the floppy!!!!!!! Confusion is my favorite New Order track of all time ! Blue Monday!!!!
  10. Bruce Springsteen – The River (I loved that album and then I bought the whole back catalogue and loved it, didn’t like anything to do with Reagan so didn’t like Born in the USA but that was Raygun’s :-) fault not Bruce’s: The River, Cadillac Ranch, Hungry Heart, never seen Bruce live though)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Kings - Are Here (I loved This beat goes on/Switching’ to Glide)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (my sister loved it! i hated it at first but learned to love it)
  • The Kinks - One for the Road (live) - Ray Davies is God!
  • The Style Council – Introducing the Style Council, i was mesmerized by Long Hot Summer
  • The 12” of The Message - original rap forever :-)
  • I loved the albums that Barb mentioned too (but most of them weren’t during my teenage years):

      Depeche Mode -- Construction Time Again
      Depeche Mode--Black Celebration
      The The -- Soulmining
      The Grapes of Wrath -- September Bowl of Green
      The Payola$ -- No Stranger to Danger
      Echo and the Bunnymen -- Ocean Rain
      The Psychedelic Furs -- Forever Now
      The Smiths -- The Smiths
      The Smiths -- The Queen is Dead
      54-40 -- 54-40

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