Tue, 9 March 2021
Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss our favorite albums of 1982.
- Recorded via Zoom
- Phil's #5: Steely Dan singer goes solo
- Jazzy feel is a logical extension from Gaucho
- Jay's #5 and Phil's #3: R.E.M. makes its debut with iconic EP
- Influential on many bands who followed
- Different sounds coming out of the underground
- Phil's #4: His image has been tarnished, but Michael Jackson released a monster album
- Videos from this album broke a lot of ground
- Being mistaken from MJ
- Jay's #4: Peter Gabriel stays weird but starts breaking through in the U.S.
- Dark subject matter and interesting sonics
- Set himself up for huge commercial breakthrough in a few years
- Jay's #3: Mission of Burma's first full-length album
- Wasn't well-known, but very influential on alt-rock artists
- Played with U2 in Boston
- Jay's #2: Another influential debut release, this time from Bad Brains
- Ferocious live performers
- One of the great album covers of all time
- Phil's #1: A jazz-influenced masterpiece from Joe Jackson
- No guitar to be found
- Very cosmopolitan feel
- Phil's #2 and Jay's #1: Prince breaks through to the mainstream
- Prince didn't care what anybody thought about him
- In the middle of an incredible run of great albums
- When mixtape songs are taken too literally
- Favorite songs: "Breaking Us In Two" (Phil), "Delirious" (Jay)
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