The 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980’s – The Playlist #100 – #31

With new additions from R.E.M, Kate Bush, Prince, Big Country, China Crisis, XTC, Eric B & Rakim, Chris Isaak, The Clash and Hüsker Dü

Get the playlist here.

The Voice Of Unreason

Over the year the list will be regularly updated. Find it without the blurb here.

Or read on…

For all the nineteen eighties have been misrepresented, misunderstood and subsequently mined for profit, at least one aspect of the decade will always remain indisputable; during the most artistically diverse period in the history of the art form, if you didn’t like something you could rest assured that a new sound would be along at any minute.

The former executives at MTV might have you believe that this was somehow partially down to their evangelisation, but much of the era’s best music grew in the weeds, in fire hazard clubs or dingy recording studios. Of course drugs played a part – the pre-eminence of cocaine and ecstacy shaping the music their users made – but in reality the establishment became reflectors, not taste makers, as dozens of new underground scenes from…

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