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For those of a certain age.... 08:06 - Sep 25 with 514 viewshampstead_blue

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2HXwW7yy2T2tw4YqlDXvBJZ/your-ultimate-

What is your criteria?

My immediate thought was which album do I love NOW.....then I thought, No! Which did I have that influenced me most....

A really hard choice.
Frankie was such an important album.
Sade is a siren
Soul to Soul was my first intro into dance music

In the end it was Dire Straits. Money for Nothing. Knopfler's guitar style and vibrato was probably, along with Hendrix and Gilmour, my biggest playing influence.
His use of one note to tell a story. The space in between.

What about you?

Oh, the one album which wasn't on there which is my #1...The Cult, Love.

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For those of a certain age.... on 08:32 - Sep 25 with 470 viewspinewoodblueboy

AC/DC Back in Black.
Brian Johnsons first album after Bon Scotts untimely death.
Wondered if the band could continue, but the release of the album emphatically proved the doubters wrong and put the band on the road to greater heights with some of the best rock anthems ever.
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For those of a certain age.... on 08:36 - Sep 25 with 460 viewsGuthrum

The '80s albums which most influenced my musical taste most are not on their list, being Rainbow's Difficult To Cure and Straight Between The Eyes, plus Dio's Holy Diver. It was tracks from those played on the radio which first got me into heavy rock around the time I was entering my teens. Also, a year or two later, the Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and The Cult.

Tho much of the music which really influenced me came from the two preceding decades, which I experienced retrospectively through radio shows such as The Friday Rock Show, Sounds of the '60s and Folk on 2.

Graceland was significant, being the first album I actually bought new (from Andy's Records at the top of St Johns Street in Bury).

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For those of a certain age.... on 08:42 - Sep 25 with 456 viewsPendejo

For those of a certain age.... on 08:32 - Sep 25 by pinewoodblueboy

AC/DC Back in Black.
Brian Johnsons first album after Bon Scotts untimely death.
Wondered if the band could continue, but the release of the album emphatically proved the doubters wrong and put the band on the road to greater heights with some of the best rock anthems ever.


Whilst I'd specify AC/DC as one of my favourite groups and Back in Black is a fine album...

Went for Dare - Human League
As it's one of my favourite albums, whereas BiB not even my fav AC/DC album.

Four hit singles on Dare? Sound of the Crowd, Love Action, Open Your Heart and Don't You Want Me.

Would rather be able to nominate 5, but even that would be tough, and I have to say The Cult's Love should be there (my first CD) as should Kings of the Wild Frontier!!

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For those of a certain age.... on 08:58 - Sep 25 with 431 viewsKeno

How the 'king are the Smiths in that list but none of the Police albums?

Dire Straits is good shout as is Eurythmics

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For those of a certain age.... on 09:03 - Sep 25 with 424 viewshype313

So many to choose from, can't quite decide but special mentions for..

The Jam Sound Affects
The Stone Roses
Simply Red Picture Book

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For those of a certain age.... on 09:09 - Sep 25 with 416 viewsWeWereZombies

It has to Graceland, for the way it harked back to the optimism of the 1960s and looked forward to the fall of Apartheid. Not typical of a BBC Radio Two vision of the 1980s but timeless and introduced many of us to musicians that we may never have otherwise investigated.

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For those of a certain age.... on 09:19 - Sep 25 with 397 viewsSwansea_Blue

Appetite for Destruction - hit the metal/rock scene like a hand grenade in a chicken coop.

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For those of a certain age.... on 14:53 - Sep 25 with 356 viewsthecheek

In terms of influence and quality I'd go for The Stone Roses closely followed by the Queen Is Dead

I'd be more likely to listen to The Cure's Disintegration or Head On The Door these days though

For something less obvious then Tallulah by The Go-Betweens is a great album from the 80s
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For those of a certain age.... on 16:14 - Sep 25 with 323 viewsjontysnut

For those of a certain age.... on 14:53 - Sep 25 by thecheek

In terms of influence and quality I'd go for The Stone Roses closely followed by the Queen Is Dead

I'd be more likely to listen to The Cure's Disintegration or Head On The Door these days though

For something less obvious then Tallulah by The Go-Betweens is a great album from the 80s


mine is Dexys' Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. I went to an 80s night party in the Kevin Rowland donkey jacket, wooly hat and holdall look and people thought I was a gatecrasher
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Bucks Fizz - Are You Ready?...... on 16:21 - Sep 25 with 316 viewsBloots

.....criminally overlooked.

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For those of a certain age.... on 16:36 - Sep 25 with 279 viewsazuremerlangus

I owned 17 out of that list - difficult to name a favourite. Out of all of them I probably listen to Peter Gabriel's So more than anything else these days so perhaps that is the answer.
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For those of a certain age.... on 16:37 - Sep 25 with 278 viewsEireannach_gorm

For those of a certain age.... on 09:09 - Sep 25 by WeWereZombies

It has to Graceland, for the way it harked back to the optimism of the 1960s and looked forward to the fall of Apartheid. Not typical of a BBC Radio Two vision of the 1980s but timeless and introduced many of us to musicians that we may never have otherwise investigated.


I agree, for this alone.

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For those of a certain age.... on 16:40 - Sep 25 with 264 viewsMonkeyAlan

Has to be Guns n Roses, The Smith's and Stone Roses.
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For those of a certain age.... on 16:53 - Sep 25 with 245 viewsghostofescobar

I know it's not the cool choice, but ABC: Lexicon of Love - I can still sing every single word of that album. I'd avoided going to see ABC perform the album in full over the years, as i was terrified that I would somehow be let down and it would taint my love of this record. Eventually saw them perform the album in 2016 with Anne Dudley (she arranged the strings on the original album) conducting the Southbank Sinfonia orchestra: it was magical! This was such a glamorous escape for a 13 years old who had spent his life in a small Suffolk village - I wanted to be that suave and sophisticated!

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For those of a certain age.... on 16:53 - Sep 25 with 245 viewsgtsb1966

How that list doesn't include Big Country's The Crossing I'll never know.
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For those of a certain age.... on 17:09 - Sep 25 with 227 viewsYou_Bloo_Right

It's Radio 2 so no Talking Heads (5 studio albums in the 80's), Elvis Costello (9), The Fall (9), The La's (2), Public Enemy (2), PIL (5), Tom Waits (4), Beastie Boys (2), Run DMC (4), Billy Bragg (4), Cocteau Twins (5), Go-Betweens (6), Brian Eno (4 solo and 6 more collaborative), Pogues (4) .... blimey even Leonard Cohen released two studio albums in the 80's.

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For those of a certain age.... on 17:52 - Sep 25 with 203 viewsVic

Dare
Rio
Actually
Thriller
Brothers in arms
Super Trouper

So hard to call - so much good music in that lot. I have to go with Dare as the album I listened to most at the time (and everything else by The League), and which defined things most for me. Closely followed by Actually and Rio. I still listen to all three!

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