Tue, 2 February 2021
Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss our favorite albums of 1981.
- Recorded via Zoom
- Jay turned 14, Phil turned 12 in '81
- Jay started the year in Canada, finished it in the U.S.
- No good radio station, listened to a lot of my own stuff
- Phil: Started buying my own music in '81
- Listened to a lot of Casey Kasem's American Top 40
- "Bette Davis Eyes" was the #1 single of the year
- REO Speedwagon had a big year
- K-Tel used to make big hits compilations
- Ozzy bit the head off a dove (and later a bat), horrifying moms across America
- MTV went on the air in August '81 (Jay didn't have it until '85)
- Stones' massive tour was sponsored by Jovan Musk
- When Jon Anderson of Yes teamed up with Vangelis
- Phil's not-top-5 albums: Foreigner, Loverboy, The Cars, The Who, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, Go-Gos, The Kinks, ZZ Top, X, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Genesis, Phil Collins, Tom Tom Club, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Pretenders, Duran Duran, The Cure, Black Flag, Billy Squier, Prince, AC/DC
- Jay's not-top-5s: The Gun Club, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Def Leppard, Sabbath, April Wine, Triumph, Rush's live album, Motley Crue, Rick James
- Anthony Michael Hall IS Mutt Lange (in a crappy Def Lep biopic)
- To be continued: Our top 5 albums
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