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Mixes By Year: 1985 Most Recommended Albums

1985- not one of the better music years of all time, or even of the 80’s. I was in junior high so I don’t think it was one of my favorite years either. ’85 though was the first year that I really got into music. Most of the music below doesn’t reflect what I was listening to it ’85, which was top 40 radio the first half of the year and nothing but Heavy Metal the 2nd half of the year. By ’85, New Wave, the dominant sound of the early 80’s was petering out.  Hair Metal was starting to show increasing chart dominance and the mainstream pop world was becoming progressively cheesier with a few exceptions.  Hip-Hop and rap was still mostly underground, though a few handfuls of important singles were released in ’85 that propelled the genre forward.  The 80’s funk sound which had dominated the early part of the decade for black music (George Clinton, the Gap Band, Kool & the Gang etc..) was also starting to fade and/or becoming more pop, perhaps in an effort to sell out to the white audience.  Music that would become known as adult contemporary was all over the radio and would unfortunately play ad nauseum at my on-campus gig at college in the early 90’s- it was the only station that got a decent signal.  I know this stuff better than I ever wanted to know it.  Singles were still being released off of huge albums from 1984 like Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”, Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” & Prince’s “Purple Rain” but no other huge pop/rock blockbusters were released in 1985 that were any good, save for maybe John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Scarecrow”- a relatively minor blockbuster compared to the three listed above.  Madonna was between albums, though she released two of her best singles with “Into the Groove” and “Crazy For You”.  Prince’s “Around the World In a Day” garnered two great single cuts as well with “Raspberry Beret” and “Pop Life” but was seen as a disappointment next to the gargantuan “Purple Rain”.  U2 released only an EP called “Wide Awake In America” and R.E.M. came out with the very good “Fables Of the Reconstruction”, which is a necessary part of their catalog for sure, but also kind of a bridge between their seminal early work of “Murmur” and “Reckoning” and their later, more popular 80’s albums like “Document” and “Green” which helped them to eventually become one of the biggest rock bands in the world.  So a situation like the above made for quite a ripe underground, both in rap and in rock.  That mid 80’s underground would set the table for the alternative revolution of the early 90’s.

Aside from the American rock and rap undergrounds, there was still plenty of great post-punk/synth pop music coming out of the U.K..  Much of it just didn’t cross over to America- some of it never really did and is loved today but a cultish few, and others took longer to sink in here.  They either were recognized past their time or on subsequent albums which broke them bigger in the U.S.   The biggest of those names are the Cure, the Smiths & New Order. All three groups tower over most everything else of the 80’s and though I don’t think any of them released their best stuff in ’85, all three were very relevant that year.  The Cure released “Head On the Door”, which helped break them with American college kids thanks to singles like “Close to Me” and “In Between Days”.  The Smiths “Meat Is Murder” I think is their worst album, but it still contains a handful of classic cuts including their most loved track “How Soon Is Now?” (which also appeared on the previous year’s “Hatful Of Hollow”).  New Order had already broken through with the massive 1983 single “Blue Monday” but 1985’s “Low Life”, which included standouts like “The Perfect Kiss” and “Love Vigilantes” solidified their status as the reigning kings of post-punk synth-dance pop.  Elsewhere in the U.K., Prefab Sprout released their debut album of sophisticated synth-pop “Steve McQueen” (AKA “Two Wheels Good” in the U.S.), Tears for Fears “Songs From the Big Chair” did break in the U.S. with three huge singles- “Shout”, “Head Over Heels” & #1 single “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, which truly captured the zeitgeist of the greed is good 80’s.  “Big Chair” remains the jewel in their catalog.  The Simple Minds had a trio of top 40 hits, including #1 smash “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” which ended the beloved Brat-Pack classic move “The Breakfast Club”.  Scritti Politti had a great single with “The Perfect Way”, Depeche Mode with “Shake the Disease” and Echo & the Bunnymen with “Bring on the Dancing Horses”.  The more rock-oriented The Cult released “Love” which contained 80’s college radio classics She Sells Sanctuary” and “The Rain”.  Much loved band XTC came out with a side project called The Dukes Of Stratosphear, a group entirely indebted to 60’s psychedelic pop.  Their debut EP, released in 1985, is an overlooked pop gem.

Lesser known U.K. bands were making a splash as well that set the tone for the burgeoning indie scene in America.  The Jesus & Mary Chain’s debut album “Psychocandy” is an indie classic and was the biggest influence on the shoegaze movement of the late 80’s/early 90’s.  Mark E. Smith’s band the Fall had been releasing great music since 1978 but 1985 album “This Nation’s Saving Grace” is to my ears the apex of their whole storied catalog. Ireland’s The Pogues released “Run, Sodomy & the Lash” is their pinnacle as well- produced by Elvis Costello (!) and still my favorite album to play on St. Patrick’s Day.  The Mekons, a group of leftist University of Leeds students who had also been churning out punk music since the late 70’s, released their best album “Fear & Whiskey”, name-checked by some as the first alt-country album.  In America groups like Husker Du, the Replacements, Sonic Youth & the Meat Puppets who had been slogging it out since the beginning of the decade all took great leaps forward.  Sonic Youth would still remain too inaccessible for most until a few years later but the track “Death Valley ’69” off of their 1985 album “Bad Moon Rising” was a sign of great things to come.  Each of the other three bands had released stellar albums in 1984, but “Up On the Sun” (Meat Puppets), “Tim” (Replacements) and “New Day Rising” and “Flip Your Wig” (both Husker Du) were all seen as classics as well, cementing those groups as indie-rock leading lights.  D.C. hardcore group Minor Threat released their farewell EP “Salad Days” and Pre-emo fellow D.C. group Rites Of Spring released their excellent debut.  Members of each band would go on to form the incomparable Fugazi in the late 80’s.

In addition to those well known indie groups above, there were some lesser appreciated yet still pretty great groups active in 1985 as well- Dramarama, Australia’s Hoodoo Gurus, Camper Van Beethoven & Fishbone all had big college radio hits and well reviewed albums or EP’s.  Another Australian group INXS released their biggest album to date “Listen Like Thieves”.  With their next release “Kick” two years later, they would become one of the bigger rock groups of the 80’s.  Baby boomer rockers like Tom Petty & the aforementioned John Mellencamp were big in ’85.  Bruce Springsteen, still basking in the wake of his biggest success to date, released his great life cover of “Trapped” by Jimmy Cliff, which was included on the “We Are the World” tribute album.  John Fogerty of CCR, came back from a dormant period of almost 10 years to release the very successful “Centerfield”- still played at every baseball diamond across America.  New Wave legends Talking Heads released perhaps their last great album with “Little Creatures”.  Long broken-up group the Velvet Underground released “VU”, a collection of previously unreleased studio tracks.  Some of which were legendary already due to bootlegs or previously released  live versions. Weirdo singer-songwriters Tom Waits and Kate Bush had seminal releases in 1985 as well.  Bush’s “Hounds of Love” was her best and Waits “Rain Dogs” was one of the top albums of the year and I think the best he ever made as well.  Though the New Wave movement was dying out a few great one hit wonders remained in ’85- Katrina & the Waves “Walking On Sunshine”, Murray Head’s “One Night in Bangkok”, Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” and the Dream Academy’s “Life In a Northern Town”- 80’s New Wave Classics all.

Though outside of LL Cool J & a pair of classics by Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D (later to be known as Slick Rick), 1985 was mostly light on rap.  Run-DMC released their second album “King Of Rock”, which was inferior to both their self-titled debut and their breakthrough 3rd album “Raising Hell”.  But it still had at least two classic tracks in the immortal title cut and “Can You Rock It Like This”.  Cool J’s album debut was pure star power and announced the 2nd biggest star of rap’s new school which started with Run-DMC.  The Beastie Boys released their first singles as a rap outfit.  Kurtis Blow releases his last classic track “If I Ruled the World”.  Aside from those the year was filled with “Roxanne” response tracks- two of which introduced new females to the game- Roxanne Shante and The Real Roxanne.  Aside from Cool J’s singles off of “Radio” and the “King Of Rock” the best and most legendary rap tracks of ’85 was the two sided single “The Show/La-Di-Da-Di” by Doug E. Fresh, which inspired everything from beatboxin’ to Snoop Dogg.  Lesser known super producer Kurtis Mantronix released his debut album errr “Album”.  It’s electro beats took hip hop production to new places.  On the R&B tip Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam’s debut single “I Wonder If I Take You Home” was a monster.  Unfortunately there were increasingly lame follow-up singles.  Mary Jane Girls Rick James-produced “In My House” and Sheila E’s Prince-produced “A Love Bizarre” were two other R&B classics but in ’85 the cupboard was mostly bare.  Sultry Brit Sade released her first two albums in the U.S.. She continues to flourish in the present day, but her sophisticated, jazzy bedroom soul was mostly an anomaly and pointed the way toward no great trends unless you hear it as a progenitor of the mid-late 90’s neo soul movement. Way underground music like techno (Detroit techno founder Juan Atkins group Model 500’s track No UFO’s came out that year) and Jamaican dancehall reggae were emerging and would become ever more important to music culture in years to come.  Barrington Levy’s “Here I Come”, Wayne SMith’s “Under Me Sleng Teng”, Anthony Red Rose’s “Tempo” and Tenor Saw’s “Ring the Alarm” are all early dancehall classics that came out that year.



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SADE- DIAMOND LIFE       (*RELEASED 1984 U.K., 1985 U.S.)

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 1

Best of 1985 Volume 1 (6/25/02)

1.  The Pogues- Sick Bed Of Cuchaillain

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2.  The Replacements- Bastards Of Young

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3.  The Smiths- The Headmaster Ritual

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4.  The Mekons- Hard To Be Human

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5.  Prince- Pop Life

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6.  New Order- The Perfect Kiss

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7.  Madonna- Into the Groove

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8.  Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D.- La-Di-Da-Di

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9.  LL Cool J- I Can’t Live Without My Radio

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10.  The Cult- She Sells Sanctuary

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11.  John Cougar Mellencamp- Rain On the Scarecrow

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12.  R.E.M.- Driver 8

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13.  Tom Waits- Clap Hands

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14.  Kate Bush- Running Up That Hill

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15.  The Cure- In Between Days

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16.  Jesus & Mary Chain- You Trip Me Up

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17.  Husker Du- Terms Of Psychic Warfare

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18.  Dramarama- (I’ll Give You) Anything, Anything
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19.  The Talking Heads- Stay up Late
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20.  ‘Til Tuesday- Voices Carry

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 2

Best of 1985 Volume 2 (6/26/02)

1.  Katrina & the Waves- Walking On Sunshine

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2.  New Order- Love Vigilantes

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3.  Kate Bush- Cloudbusting

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5.  INXS- What You Need

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6.  LL Cool J- Rock the Bells

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7.  Run-DMC- King Of Rock

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8.  Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam- I Wonder If I Take You Home

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9.  Prince- Raspberry Beret

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10.  Jesus & Mary Chain- Taste of Cindy

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11.  The Ramones- Bonzo Goes to Bitburg

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12.  Husker Du- The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill

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13.  The Hoodoo Gurus- Bittersweet

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14.  Tom Waits- Jockey Full Of Bourbon

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15.  The Replacements- Here Comes a Regular

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16.  Madonna- Crazy For You

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17.  The Pogues- I’m a Man You Don’t Meet Every Day

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18.  The Mekons- Last Dance

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19.  R.E.M.- Maps and Legends

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20.  The Talking Heads- Road to Nowhere

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 3

Best of 1985 Volume 3 (1/26/05)

1.  Jesus & Mary Chain- Just Like Honey

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2.  Nick Lowe- Rose Of England

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3.  The Pogues- A Pair Of Brown Eyes

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4.  Sade- Smooth Operator

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5.  Grace Jones- Slave to the Rhythm

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6.  Kid Creole & the Coconuts- Endicott

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7.  Word Of Mouth (Feat. DJ Cheese)- King Kut

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8.  Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew- The Show

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9.  Tears For Fears- Everybody Wants to Rule the World

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10.  Shelia E.- A Love Bizarre (Single Version)

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11.  The Smiths- Rubber Ring

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12.  Husker Du- Makes No Sense At All

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13.  The Fall- Couldn’t Get Ahead

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14.  The Replacements- Left Of the Dial

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15.  R.E.M.- Can’t Get There From Here

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16.  The Cure- Six Different Ways

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17.  The Meat Puppets- Two Rivers

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18.  Tom Waits- Time

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19.  Camper Van Beethoven- Take the Skinheads Bowling

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 4

Best of 1985 Volume 4 (2/6/05)

1.  The Fall- Bombast

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2.  The Eurythmics- Would I Lie To You?

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3.  Dramarama- Emerald City

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4.  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Don’t Come Around Here No More

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5.  John Cougar Mellencamp- Between a Laugh & a Tear

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6.  The Pogues- The Old Main Drag

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7.  Kate Bush- Hounds of Love

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8.  The Dream Academy- Life in a Northern Town

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9.  Sade- Your Love is King

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10.  Prefab Sprout- Bonny

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11.  The Cure- A Night Like This

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12.  The Replacements- Swingin’ Party

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13.  The Smiths- Nowhere Fast

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14.  The Cult- Rain

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15.  The Meat Puppets- Swimming Ground

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16.  R.E.M.- Feeling Gravity’s Pull

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17.  Tears For Fears- Head Over Heels

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18.  The Clash- This Is England

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19.  Husker Du- Books About UFO’s

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20.  Tom Waits- Downtown Train

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21.  Jesus & Mary Chain- My Little Underground

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 5

Best of 1985 Volume 5 (10/6/07)

1.  Barrington Levy- Here I Come

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2.  Tenor Saw- Ring the Alarm

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3.  The Mary Jane Girls- In My House

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4.  Mantronix- Needle to the Groove

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5.  Kurtis Blow- If I Ruled the World

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6.  New Order- Sub-culture

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7.  Sade- The Sweetest Taboo

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8.  The Velvet Underground- Stephanie Says     *originally recorded in late 60’s

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9.  Husker Du- Green Eyes

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10.  The Replacements- Little Mascara

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11.  The Talking Heads- And She Was

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12.  The Smiths- Shakespeare’s Sister

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13.  The Fall- Cruiser’s Creek

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14.  The Pogues- Dirty Old Town

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15.  The Mekons- Lost Highway

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16.  John Fogerty- The Old Man Down the Road

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17.  Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band- Trapped (Live)

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18.  Minor Threat- Stumped

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19.  Rites Of Spring- Spring

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20.  Leaonard Cohen- Hallelujah

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21.  The Simple Minds- Don’t You (Forget About Me)

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 6

Best of 1985 Volume 6 (10/7/07)

1.  INXS- Listen Like Thieves

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2.  The Fall- Barmy

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3.  Rites Of Spring- Deeper Than Inside

Buy Deeper Than Inside – Rites of Spring
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4.  Husker Du- I Apologize

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5.  The Velvet Underground- I Can’t Stand It        *originally recorded in late 60’s

Buy I Can’t Stand It – VU
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6.  Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians- The Man With the Lightbulb Head

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7.  R.E.M.- Crazy

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8.  The Hoodoo Gurus- Death Defying

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9.  LL Cool J- Dangerous

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10.  The Beastie Boys- She’s On It

Buy She’s On It – Beastie Boys Anthology – The Sounds of Science
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11.  Mantronix- Fresh Is the Word

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12.  Murray Head- One Night in Bangkok

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13.  U2- Three Sunrises

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14.  The Simple Minds- Alive and Kicking

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15.  The Meat Puppets- Buckethead

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16.  The Mekons- Chivalry

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17.  The Pogues- Sally McLennane

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18.  Minor Threat- Salad Days

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19.  Jesus & Mary Chain- Never Understand

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20.  Scritti Politti- Perfect Way

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21.  Tom Waits- Hang Down Your Head
Buy Hang Down Your Head – Rain Dogs
Buy Hang Down Your HeadAmazon


Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 7

Best of 1985 Volume 7 (7/14/12)

1.  Tears For Fears- Shout (Single Edit)

Buy Shout – NOW That’s What I Call 80s Hits (Deluxe Edition)
Buy Shout: The Very Best Of Tears For FearsAmazon


2.  Depeche Mode- Shake the Disease

Buy Shake the Disease – The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1 (Deluxe Version)
Buy Shake The DiseaseAmazon


3.  The Replacements- Hold My Life

Buy Hold My Life – Tim (Expanded Edition)
Buy Hold My LifeAmazon


4.  The Loft- Up the Hill and Down the Slope

Buy Up The Hill And Down The Slope – The Indie Years : 1985
Buy Up The Hill And Down The SlopeAmazon


5.  The Hoodoo Gurus- Like Wow-Wipeout!

Buy Like Wow-Wipeout! – Mars Needs Guitars!
Buy Like, Wow – Wipeout!Amazon


6.  The Jesus & Mary Chain- In a Hole

Buy In a Hole – Psychocandy
Buy In A HoleAmazon


7.  Sonic Youth- Death Valley ’69

Buy Death Valley ’69 (with Lydia Lunch) – Death Valley ’69 (Remastered 2009) – Single
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8.  The Meat Puppets- Up On the Sun

Buy Up on the Sun – Up on the Sun
Buy Up on the SunAmazon


9.  Husker Du- Celebrated Summer

Buy Celebrated Summer – New Day Rising
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10.  Fishbone- Party at Ground Zero

Buy Party At Ground Zero – Fishbone – EP
Buy Party At Ground ZeroAmazon


11.  Model 500- No UFO’s (Vocal)

Buy No UFO’s (Vocal) – No UFO’s – EP
Buy No UFO’s (Vocal)Amazon


12.  Mantronix- Bassline

Buy Bassline – The Album
Buy BasslineAmazon


13.  Roxanne Shante- Bite This

*Track not availale via iTunes or Amazon


14.  Anthony Red Rose- Tempo

Buy Tempo – Family Man
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15.  Wayne Smith- Under Mi Sleng Teng

Buy Under Mi Sleng Teng – Riddim Driven: Sleng Teng Extravaganza (1985 Master Mega Hits)
Buy Under Mi Sleng TengAmazon


16.  The Fall- Rollin’ Dany

Buy Rollin’ Dany – This Nation’s Saving Grace
Buy Rollin’ DanyAmazon


17.  The Dukes of Stratosphear- 25 O’Clock

Buy 25 O’Clock – The Dukes of Stratosphear: Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
Buy 25 O’Clock (2001 Digital Remaster)Amazon


18.  Tom Waits- Anywhere I Lay My Head

Buy Anywhere I Lay My Head – Rain Dogs Buy Anywhere I Lay My HeadAmazon

Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 8

Best of 1985 Volume 8 (7/14/12)

1.  Run-DMC- Can You Rock It Like This

Buy Can You Rock It Like This – King of Rock
Buy Can You Rock It Like ThisAmazon


2.  Roxanne With UTFO- The Real Roxanne

*Track not available via iTunes or Amazon


3.  Roxanne Shante- Roxanne’s Revenge (Street Version)

Buy Roxanne’s Revenge – Old School Hip Hop & Freestyle
Buy Roxanne’s RevengeAmazon


4.  Husker Du- Divide and Conquer

Buy Divide and Conquer – Flip Your Wig
Buy Divide And ConquerAmazon


5.  Rites Of Spring- Remainder

Buy Remainder – Rites of Spring
Buy RemainderAmazon


6.  The Smiths- Barbarism Begins at Home

Buy Barbarism Begins At Home – Meat Is Murder
Buy Barbarism Begins At HomeAmazon


7.  The Fall- Spoilt Victorian Child

Buy Spoilt Victorian Child – This Nation’s Saving Grace
Buy Spoilt Victorian ChildAmazon


8.  The Cure- Push

Buy Push – The Head On the Door (Remastered) [Bonus Version]
Buy Push (2006 Remastered LP Version)Amazon


9.  Echo & the Bunnymen- Bring On the Dancing Horses

Buy Bring On the Dancing Horses – Pretty In Pink (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Buy Bring On The Dancing HorsesAmazon


10.  Kate Bush- Jig Of Life

Buy Jig of Life – Hounds of Love
*Track not available via Amazon


11.  R.E.M.- Ages Of You

Buy Ages of You – Dead Letter Office
Buy Ages Of YouAmazon


12.  The Pogues- Whiskey You’re the Devil

Buy Whiskey You’re the Devil – Red Roses for Me [Expanded]
Buy Whiskey You’re The DevilAmazon


13.  The Velvet Underground- Foggy Notion       *Originally recorded in the late 60’s

Buy Foggy Notion – VU
Buy Foggy NotionAmazon


14.  New Order- Sunrise

Buy Sunrise – Low-Life (Collector’s Edition)
Buy SunriseAmazon


15.  Tears For Fears- The Working Hour

Buy The Working Hour – Songs from the Big Chair (Bonus Tracks)
Buy The Working HourAmazon


16.  Prefab Sprout- Faron

Buy Faron Young – Steve McQueen
Buy FaronAmazon


17.  Sade- Hang Onto Your Love
Buy Hang On to Your Love – Diamond Life
Buy Hang On To Your LoveAmazon

Mixes By Year: Best of 1985 Volume 9

  1. Love And Rockets- Ball Of Confusion (Single Version)
  2. Jesus & Mary Chain- Taste The Floor
  3. Killing Joke- Love Like Blood
  4. The Church- Tantalized
  5. Rites Of Spring- For Want Of
  6. The Fall- I Am Damo Suzuki
  7. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble- Come On (Part III)
  8. Tom Waits- Raindogs
  9. Beat Happening- Foggy Eyes
  10. Godley & Creme- Cry
  11. Kate Bush- The Big Sky
  12. The Velvet Underground- Lisa Says
  13. The Smiths- Stretch Out And Wait
  14. The Replacements- Kiss Me On The Bus
  15. Talking Heads- Creatures Of Love
  16. Bernard Wright- Who Do You Love
  17. Prince & The Revolution- Paisley Park
  18. Howard Jones- No One Is To Blame
  19. Dire Straits- So Far Away