Tue, 8 June 2021
Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we count down our favorite albums of 1985.
- Recorded IN PERSON at CompCon world HQ for the first time since February 2020
- Phil and Jay's #5: R.E.M. follows up two classic albums with a quirky effort
- Band gradually grew in popularity
- Phil and Jay's #4: The Cult hits the right combination of goth and hard rock
- Ian Astbury's lyrics were appropriately cryptic
- Phil's #3: An out-of-left-field pick with the Dead Milkmen's debut
- "Bitchin' Camaro" was the "hit"
- Jay's #3: Pete Townshend's solo peak
- He's mainly focused on Who tours since then
- Phil's #2: Talking Heads delve into Americana
- Surprisingly, their best-selling studio album
- Jay's #2: Husker Du continues their hot streak
- First of two releases in '85
- Robert Palmer covered "New Day Rising"
- Phil's #1: Conflicted about picking the Smiths thanks to Moz being a d-bag
- Phil was an early fan, at least among his peers
- Jay's #1: The Replacements keep getting better with each album
- The band kept self-sabotaging through their entire career
- Favorite songs: "Bastards of Young" (Jay), "Barbarism Begins at Home" (Phil)
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