Kinker Korner’s Top 29 Albums Of 1982 NSFW

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Fair warning, this is the year of UK 82 and the real renaissance of the second wave punk scene so there’s going to be a lot of hardcore and punk on here….even more so than usual. The early 80s were a tumultuous time politically in both he UK and Britain with far right leaders in charge of both countries. The good thing about that is that we got some venomous, spiteful punk rock albums to come out of it. Anyway, on with the show!.

 

29. Phil Collins-I Must Be Going!

Smug, pompous, arrogant but there’s no denying the former Genesis drummer/singer knows his way around a song.. Running about as far away from the prog roots of Genesis as humanly possible he offers up simple pop ditties that for better or worse paved the way for a lot of pop soul of the 80s. Some undeniable cracking wee ditties here.

Highlights-“It Don’t Matter To Me” “Like China”

 

 

28. Peter Gabriel-Security

Big mad mental Pete’s fourth album is full of avant-garde art pop with world music influences and deep, often hard to interpret lyrics…..and how about that terrifying cover?. Peter is definitely the annoying art kid at school that hated to admit was actually really talented because he did an interpretive dance about the failings of Woolworths at the school talent show.

Highlights-“Shock The Monkey” “The Rhythm Of Heat”

 

27. John Cougar-American Fool

Right….I went on a happy wee rant about Rick Springfield in a previous list and I’m almost certain I was thinking about John Cougar Mellencamp so….you know….go check that out. It’s late, I can’t be bothered fixing it so I’ll just let it be. Such is my professionalism. This is the album that featured the mega hit “Jack And Diane”.

Highlights-“Hand To Hold On To” “Jack And Diane”

 

26. Peter And The Test Tube Babies-Pissed And Proud

A live album from one of the first punk bands to really tap into the comedy side of things. While bands were focusing on both sides of the political spectrum PATTTB were singing about bodily functions and getting drunk. It’s a shame this kind of punk went hand in hand with football casuals and skinhead gangs because it’s a lot of fun.

Highlights-“Elvis Is Dead” “Keep Britain Untidy”

 

25. Judas Priest-Screaming For Vengeance

A monster seller and the album that catapulted the band from underground gods to mainstream stars. Brilliantly produced by Tom Allom giving it that big polished stadium sound with the screeching guitars complimenting each other, booming drums and Rob Halford’s signature squealing making for a seminal metal record.

Highlights-“Riding On The Wind” “Devil’s Child”

 

24. The Go Go’s-Vacation

I never really understood why The Go Go’s were considered a new wave band. I’m no expert on the genre but the seem more like a standard power pop group to me. Anyway, genre politics aside it’s another collection of jangly guitar pop hits to sing along to. Great melodies. 

Highlights-“Vacation” “Girl Of 1000 Hits”

 

23.Black Flag-Everything Went Black

A collection of unreleased songs and unreleased versions of songs from before Henry Rollins joined the band. It’s cool hearing songs from “Damaged” sung by Dez Cadena and Ron Reyes and it’s got that raw, sloppy production with mistakes and little inflections that make them different to the versions we know so well. One for the hardcore fans….literally.

Highlights-“Depression (both versions)” “I Don’t Care”

 

22.Philip Glass-Glassworks

Philip Glass is known as one of the great composers of the 20th century with his minimalist style and focus on melody rather than virtuoso playing. I could be totally hipster and say I got into him through some essay on great modern composers but really I became a fan when I learned he did the music for the 1992 masterpiece horror movie Candyman. ….so there. As long as you get there the journey doesn’t matter.

Highlights-“Opening” “Facades”

 

21. Marvin Gaye-Midnight Love

“I’m Marvin Gaye, shot by my own father”….one for the Brass Eye fans. Boy Marvin was in a bad place when he recorded this, his final album with drugs and personal problems consuming him. That said it produced one of his most enduring songs in “Sexual Healing” whisk was on an advert in my youth that ran for what felt like a decade!.

Highlights-“Midnight Lady” “Sexual Healing”

 

20. Iron Maiden-The Number Of The Beast

Enter Bruce Dickinson and his operatic wailing as Maiden take off into the mainstream stratosphere. His first album as singer for the band ends up being one of their most critically appreciated ones and I can see why. Insanely great guitar and bass work played at a punk style speed with the aforementioned operatic vocals.

Highlights-“Invaders” “The Prisoner”

 

19. Bruce Springsteen-Nebraska

This was the first proper Springsteen album I heard in it’s entirety as my buddy Rick gave me it to listen to. I was expecting the stadium rock anthems I was used to hearing from him but what I got was an introspective, stripped down album recorded on a four track. Very different to his usual stuff but still with all the blue collar, working class writing he’s known for. 

Highlights-“Atlantic City” “Used Cars”

 

18.The Clash-Combat Rock

The Marxist punk band’s biggest seller and also it’s final album to feature the classic Clash lineup. Intense creative differences and Topper Headon’s heroin addiction were tearing the band apart but somehow they managed to produce their most successful record. They were always pushing themselves to try new things and here we see them try things like funk…..best leave those songs alone. They’re at their best when they go to their roots.

Highlights-“Straight To Hell” “Rock The Casbah”

 

17. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers- Long After Dark

Good old Tom and his merry band of road warriors.They always deliver at least a few really good melodic folk rock songs per album and for the amount of output they had that’s some going. He was just a really good songwriter and a master of simple but effective melody. 

Highlights-“A One Story Town” “Change Of Heart”

 

16. Crass-Christ-The Album

Crass were a genre all to themselves, avant-garde anarchist art punk which sadly but predictably led to an unbearably pretentious hardcore fanbase feeling they were above other punks. Anyway Crass themselves were pretty hit and miss with me but there’s no denying their artistic integrity and inventive creativity.

Highlights-“I Know There Is Love” “The Greatest Working Class Rip-Off”

 

15.Michael Jackson-Thriller

Well, this is a rather famous album. Don’t think you really need me to patronise you by explaining this one. Produced by Quincy Jones, this absolute monster of an album produced seven hit singles and went platinum so yea,,,it did alright.

Highlights-“Beat It” “Human Nature”

 

14. Prince-1999

1982 was a good year for albums that catapulted great recording artists into megastars and this is really the one that thrust Prince from star to megastar. The songs are bigger and more elaborate and with MTV becoming more prominent it was made for Prince and his flamboyant style to strut his stuff. 

Highlights-“Little Red Corvette” “D.M.S.R”

 

13. Circle Jerks-Wild In The Streets

The follow up to last year’s phenomenal debut is another spectacular blast of aggressive hardcore punk rock. They would go on to become one of the more fondly remembered hardcore bands of the era and with good reason. Their crude, juvenile and deliberately offensive brand of punk isn’t for everyone obviously but it’s definitely for me.

Highlights-“Murder The Disturbed” “Question Authority”

 

12. Bad Religion-How Could Hell Be Any Worse?

If you followed my 90s and 00s music lists then you’ll know that Bad Religion are one of my favourite bands. It’s safe to say that during this, their debut they were still finding their sound. They ended up breaking away from the early 80s hardcore sound and sounding really unique/ Here it’s a little more generic but still ferocious, socially conscious and filled with fast and frenetic guitar work.

Highlights-“Faith In God” “Oligarchy”

 

11. The Beat-Special Beat Service

Another appearance for the plucky two tone Brummies. This one was their breakthrough (getting tired of typing that) with rotation on MTV. Catchy, happy go lucky ska that was hugely influential in the 3rd wave ska revolution of the 90s.

Highlights-“Save It For Later” Spar Wid Me”

 

10. Fear-The Record

Hot on the heels of their infamous Saturday Night Live performance for which they were banned for life, Californian hardcore band Fear released their debut album which is full of aggression, intimidation and offensive lyrics. They stood out from other bands with singer Lee Ving’s mix of yelling and crooning made it seem like he’d wandered into the wrong band but it works beautifully.

Highlights-“Let’s Start A War” “I Love Living In The City”

 

9. Angry Samoans-Back From Samoa

Heads up…there’s a lot of punk on this list. Big surprise I know but basically if you get annoyed with the amount of punk on these lists then you’re probably best switching off and not bothering with with the rest of this one. A blistering hardcore album coming in at under twenty minutes.

Highlights-“Lights Out” “Gas Chamber”

 

8. Stiff Little Fingers-Now Then…

Third year in a row for the Irish pop punk trailblazers and by this point the pop was coming to the forefront more with softer vocals and some acoustic tracks. They were great songwriters and their melodies and compositions were way ahead of the game. The production values were always a step above from a lot of punk as well which probably counted against them at the time as it was probably seen as selling out or some nonsense.

Highlights-“Love Of The Common People” “Touch And Go”

 

7. Dead Kennedys-Plastic Surgery Disasters

What a striking and disturbing cover, taking the world press photo award winning picture “Hands” by Michael Wells showing his interaction with a starving Ugandan child. The Kennedys loved to shock and it’s evident in their lyrics which are provocative left wing calls to arms. This was the first album to have D.H.Peligro on drums and h’d go on to be synonymous with the band.

Highlights-“Buzzbomb” “Terminal Preppie”

 

6. Discharge-Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing

Like a lot of punk bands, Discharge deal in aggressive pacifism which is a concept lost on many who say anyone who is anti-war as wimpy and weak. Hear we have a sonic kick in the teeth all about left wing anarchist beliefs, unity and anti-government anti-division beliefs being yelled through the speakers and into your brain. Discharge were angry at the world and their debut sure as hell let you know about it. I’d vote for them.

Highlights-“The Nightmare Continues” “A Hell On Earth”

 

5. Misfits-Walk Among Us

Technically the band’s debut album although it was the third they recorded (the other two would be released years later). Whilst most punk and hardcore bands were concentrating on opposing Ronald Reagan in America and Maggie Thatcher in Britain, Misfits were pretending they were in a 50s B-movie and singing about invading monsters and aliens. The band led by Leaping Jerry Only and Glen Danzig would famously split not long after this album’s release and have a tumultuous relationship over the years with new singers coming in. Walk Among us will always be seen as a classic that bridged the hardcore scene with the more melodic side of punk. They were very much like a harder edged Ramones in terms of sound

Highlights-“Astro Zombies” “I Turned Into A Martian”

 

4.Bad Brains-Bad Brains

Ahh Bad Brains before they got deeply into the whole Rastafarian homophobic rants were just the absolute business. Sadly and embarrassingly for the scene I am a part of and love so much they’re pretty much known as “The black hardcore band” due to the scene being vastly white but hey ho that’s not through exclusion or anything, it’s just the way it is for the most part. Anyway Bad Brains mixed lightning fast punk with reggae and stood out a little musically with guitarist Dr Know shredding the shit out his his strings. Boy can playyyyy.

Highlights-“Sailin’ On” “Pay To Cum”

 

3. The Cure-Pornogrophy

The Cure are known for their gothic but incredibly melodic indie music but Pornography is an intense and intimidating album that forgoes jangly melody for brooding atmosphere. with booming drums, sustain ringing from the guitars and Mecha Robert Smith’s pained vocals washing over the music. It’s a masterpiece but not the most fun album ever. ….that’s not always the point of art though. Smith was deeply depressed and the band were struggling to keep it together as drugs had taken hold…..the album shows those dark times at least brought out some good.

Highlights-“One Hundred Years” “The Figurehead”

 

 

2. The Exploited-Troops Of Tomorrow

A hugely influential street punk album from Scotland’s own. The record equivalent of a raised middle finger with swagger and attitude spitting and snarling at the government, cops and anyone else who has pissed them off when they near their instruments. Brilliant, brutal stuff to get you pumped up and punching walls. 

Highlights-“Jimmy Boyle” “Fuck The USA”

 

1 Descendents-Milo Goes To College

“Oh hoe predictable Neil” I hear you cry….my name’s Neil by the way. Who cares? I reply I mean I have a tattoo of this album on my foot so it’s hardly surprising that it’s going to do well and you’ve seen in other lists that they are my favourite band of all time so deal with it. Their debut is an album that speaks to teenagers with it’s tales of getting pissed off at parents, bullied by schoolmates and rejected by girls. They were one of the first bands who really tapped into the whole geeky side of the punk scene where they weren’t posturing and puffing their chests out to show how tough they were. They reflected the comic book reading, glasses wearing punk that just wanted to go about their lives without being mocked for being different. Milo Goes To College is a punk rock classic and although the band regret some childish slurs on the record it’s still one that goes down in history as a milestone for what used to be known as pop punk.

Highlights-“Parents” “Bikeage”

 

Another one down and on to the next one. Join me back here for 1983 and get me @swing_kinker  cheers xx

 

 

 

 

 

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