#457 Erasure – Pop! The First 20 Hits

This is good old-fashioned pop, from way back in the mid-80s to early 90s. This compilation album does what it says on the shiny tin: the first 20 hits, from 1985’s Who Needs Love Like That to their 1992 EP Abbaesque and the cover Take A Chance On Me. Erasure and Abba are a perfect … Continue reading #457 Erasure – Pop! The First 20 Hits

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#1317 They Might Be Giants – Lincoln

After discovering TMBG from Birdhouse in Your Soul (like pretty much everyone else in the UK) I worked backwards. I recorded the Flood album off a friend and got their self-titled debut out of the library and taped it myself, but this, their second album, was the first purchase I made. On vinyl too! I … Continue reading #1317 They Might Be Giants – Lincoln

#781 Madonna – The Immaculate Collection

I’m not a massive Madonna fan, or even a medium-sized one, but I don’t think anyone can profess to love popular music without recognising her importance and gender and genre-busting influence. She’s the 4th most commercially successful music artist ever (behind The Beatles, Elvis and Jackson) and is far and away the most successful female … Continue reading #781 Madonna – The Immaculate Collection

#1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

This is the second of a two CD 1980s electro-synth pop compilation, or Level 2 as they like to call it. The first one has already popped up on the randometer a few months back. Its much the same as the first, a brilliant 2 CD, 40 song selection of the toppest of the poppest … Continue reading #1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

#510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome

Crash! Bang! Wallop! Frankie Goes To Hollywood (the name taken from a newspaper headline about Frank Sinatra) burst onto the British pop scene in an explosion of glitter and leather. A debut number one album. Three consecutive number one singles, an iconic T-shirt marketing campaign, a uniquely memorably moment of broadcasting history when their debut … Continue reading #510 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome

#987 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason

A David Gilmour solo album in all but name, and it was the rights to the Pink Floyd name that was being wrangled over with Roger Waters whilst this album was recorded on Gilmour’s Thames houseboat. Released in 1987, it has a very glossy late 80s-sounding production which dates it somewhat, but it stands up … Continue reading #987 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason