Thursday, December 24, 2009

Album Of The Decade: The Eighties

My quintessential album of Thatcher's big cock of a decade features a man who even out-crotched the Taj Mahal himself, Mr Michael Hutchence.

It was not a great time for the album. The 12 inch single dominated with post-punk pop, hip hop and no wave at the beginning of the decade and house music at the end. The less said about the middle, the better.

There were good albums about, of course, by Joy Division, New Order, Scritti Politti, Associates, Happy Mondays, etc, etc. But New Gold Dream by Simple Minds had a forward thrust ("81,82,83,84") and that 80s production and bass sound that we all loved.

This was the end of a great run of albums by Simple Minds. They soon crossed over into stadium bollocks U2 style, lost their pop sensibilities and went up their own arses. Which for someone as well-endowed as Jim Kerr...


  1. Now everyone Googling for "Thatcher's big cock" will land on your blog.

  2. Are we still on Groups or can I nominate Solitude Standing by Suzanne Vega?

    If not it's Brothers in Arms I'm afraid ... first of the CD cash cows.

    PS Shouldn't it be called "Thatcher's Decayed"?

  3. How about 'Now That's What I Call Music 7'? - Probably covers a multitude of sins...
    Merry Christmas,

  4. Merry Christmas to you and Betty and a happy New Year; if we are approaching the end of the noughties what is the next decade? Surely not the Teens again?

  5. MJ - Thatcher's big cock on Google Images is horrific. It's Mark!

    Rog - Of course you can nominate Suzanne Vega. I liked all Dire Straits albums up till Brothers In Arms. That was just a step too far!

    Scarlet - Now that's what I call Hell! Merry Christmas to you, too!

    Ziggi - Have a good one. The next decade is "those awkward years".

  6. I could never get past the nostrils.

  7. The stripy background is what they used when they couldn't find the Test Card. And that blonde woman in the tweed looks like a glam Clare Balding.

    Merry New Year.

  8. Vicus - Now you're rockin'!

    Arabella - They do draw you in, don't they?

    Tim - This was the 80s when Clare was a new romantic. Compliments of the season.

  9. That says it better than I could.

  10. WOW!
    Some day I would love to sit down with a bottle of Appletons and just let you play music and take in your commentary for an entire weekend.

    You rock.

  11. I'd be out for the count after the third glass!

    I've reached the point in my life when I probably could just listen to music for a whole weekend. But the commentary bit would be very sporadic.

  12. Don't know it
    Will try it.

  13. And there was me thinking what a shame it was we no longer seemed to hear the stadium anthem-type songs of the 80s as personified by the likes of Simple Minds! Thanks for the memories.

  14. Kaz - Their early albums are worth trying, too.

    Laura - Nowadays we've got the awful Muse.

  15. I liked Simple Minds better when they were trying to be all German and electronic.

    Heaven Up Here - Echo and the Bunnymen.

  16. See, I knew you'd have your overcoat on.

    Good choice, Malc.

  17. The coat was pinched off my dad.