The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Albums of 1985

How To Be A Zillionaire

# 30 (Billboard 200)
1. Fear Of The World
2. Be Near Me
3. Vanity Kills
4. Ocean Blue
5. 15 Storey Halo
6. A To Z
7. How To Be A Millionaire
8. Tower Of London
9. So Hip It Hurts
10. Between You And Me

"Be Near Me"
# 1 (Hot Dance Music)
# 9 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 11 (Adult Contemporary)

"Vanity Kills"
# 7 (Hot Dance Music)
# 91 (Billboard Hot 100)
"A mixed bag of sarcasm ("So Hip It Hurts," "Vanity Kills," How to Be a Millionaire") and sweetness ("Be Near Me") on which the prime new influence is American hip-hop." -- Trouser Press

"The words are almost exactly as you might expect, although Martin [Fry] is beginning to topple on the tightrope between smart words and dumb mouthings" -- Melody Maker

"when Fry's sense of melody is on, as on the catchy single "Be Near Me," or when he works in his vicious, cynical wit, as on "How to Be a Millionaire" and "So Hip it Hurts," the record rivals the peaks of Lexicon of Love." - AMG
Hunting High and Low
Warner Bros.

# 17 (Billboard 200)
1. Take On Me
2. Train Of Thought
3. Hunting High And Low
4. Blue Sky
5. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale
6. Sun Always Shines On T.V.
7. And You Tell Me
8. Love Is Reason
9. I Dream Myself Alive
10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain

"Take On Me"
# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 4 (Adult Contemporary)

"Sun Always Shines on T.V."
# 20 (Billboard Hot 100)
"These Scandinavians have come a long way since the last Eurovision song contest..." -- Sounds

"A-ha are Norwegian and they have very fine trousers indeed."
-- Smash Hits

"[D]uring 1985 the trio neatly assumed the teenage pin-up pop idolatry previously bestowed on Duran Duran and Wham!" -- Virgin Encyclopedia
Fly on the Wall

# 32 (Billboard 200)
1. Fly on the Wall
2. Shake Your Foundations
3. First Blood
4. Danger
5. Sink the Pink
6. Playing With Girls
7. Stand Up
8. Hell or High Water
9. Back in Business
10. Send for the Man
"Yeah, get down and boogie baby, this is a grade 'A' DC album." -- Sounds

"A whole feast of goodies. Ten tracks to dynamite your ears in the nicest possible way." -- Record Mirror

"Another cretinous slab of outdated guitar 'mayhem' and frenzied screaming" -- Smash Hits
The Alarm

# 39 (Billboard 200)
1. Knife Edge
2. Strength
3. Dawn Chorus
4. Spirit of '76
5. Deeside
6. Father To Son
7. Only The Thunder
8. Day The Ravens Left The Tower
9. Absolute Reality
10. Walk Forever By My Side

# 12 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 61 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Spirit of '76"
# 29 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"If these four young Welshmen weren't so studiedly intense, they might be able to drop the Clash/U2 pretensions and use their evident talent to make enjoyable records." -- Trouser Press

"An album for fireside revolutionaries, for soft-focus tough guys, a stifled scream of cushioned pain. A good pop record, in fact." -- Sounds

"Strength is an exciting and honest LP..." -- Record Mirror
Adam Ant
Vive le Rock
# 131 (Billboard 200)
1. Vive le Rock
2. Miss Thing
3. Razor Keen
4. Rip Down
5. Scorpio Rising
6. Apollo 9
7. Hell's Eight Acres
8. Mohair Locker Room Pin-Up Boys
9. No Zap
10. Poe
11. Apollo 9 (Acappella Reprise)

"Just what does Adam mean by 'diddy bopping', 'crish crish in rinky dink', wha-la-ba-loomba', 'doop-de-boop civilian', or indeed 'crinkum crankum'? Infantilism in such a grown man is a distinctly nauseating sound." -- NME

"If you were a bit snooty you might think it idiotic rubbish -- but actually it's just brilliant and timeless (?) pop music." -- Smash Hits
So Red the Rose

# 23 (Billboard 200)
1. Election Day
2. Keep Me In The Dark
3. Goodbye Is Forever
4. Flame
5. Missing
6. Rose Arcana
7. Promise
8. El Diablo
9. Lady Ice

"Election Day"
# 6 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 29 (Hot Dance Music / Club Play)

"Goodbye Is Forever"
# 33 (Billboard Hot 100)
"You can't help but admire these boys for their smart business sense."
-- Beat

"A warmer and less clinical collection than anything yet attempted by...dare I say it?" -- Smash Hits

"...[I]s virtually an old-fashioned Duran Duran album. Not an especially good one, mind you, but it does sound a lot more like Rio than Seven and the Ragged Tiger does." -- Trouser Press

"For all their talk of mapping new musical territory, the "thoughtful" half of Duran Duran hasn't strayed far from home at all." -- Rolling Stone
The Beat Farmers
Tales of the New West

# 186 (Billboard 200)
1. Bigger Stones
2. There She Goes Again
3. Reason To Believe
4. Lost Weekend
5. California Kid
6.Never Go Back
7. Goldmine
8. Showbiz
9. Lonesome Hound
10. Where Do They Go?
11. Selfish Heart
12. Happy Boy
13. Powderfinger
14. Beat Generation
15. Glad 'N' Greasy
16. Big Rock Candy Mountain
"The Farmers do the '50s-cum-'80s neo-country-rock stomp with enthusiasm, economy and not a hint of phoniness or self-consciousness."
-- Trouser Press

"A delirious switchback ride through the badlands of American music."
-- Melody Maker

"Kings of the bop, fiery cross-breeders of rock'n'roll sentiments." -- NME

"Should complement every copy of 'How Will the Wolf Survive' thus far sold" -- Sounds
Kate Bush
Hounds Of Love

# 33 (Billboard 200)
1. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
2. Hounds Of Love
3. Big Sky
4. Mother Stands For Comfort
5. Cloudbusting
6. And Dream Of Sheep
7. Under Ice
8. Waking The Witch
9. Watching You Without Me
10. Jig Of Life
11. Hello Earth
12. Morning Fog

"Running Up That Hill"
# 30 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 34 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 13 (Hot Dance Music / Club Play)
"The only possible drawback is that it's the sort of record your parents will probably like too and pinch off you to play." -- Smash Hits

"A howling success? I think so."
-- Record Mirror

"The album Hounds Of Love...was greeted with an acclaim that dwarfed all her previous accolades and efforts. By any standards, it was an exceptional work and revealed Bush at the zenith of her powers."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Easy Pieces
1. Rich
2. Why I Love Country Music
3. Pretty Gone
4. Grace
5. Cut Me Down
6. Brand New Friend
7. Lost Weekend
8. James
9. Minor Character
10. Perfect Blue
"Most of all, Easy Pieces is a lesson on how to write a good pop song."
-- Record Mirror

"Taken on its own terms, it's that most simultaneously fine and useless of creations, a very good pop record."
-- NME

"Bursting with promise as both singer and writer....Scotland's Lloyd Cole puts the post-beatnik lyrical outlook of a young Bob Dylan to textured backing." -- Trouser Press
Stewart Copeland
The Rhythmatist

# 148 (Billboard 200)
1. Koteja (Oh Bolilla)
2. Brazzaville
3. Liberte
4. Coco
5. Kemba
6. Samburu Sunset
7. Gong Rock
8. Franco
9. Serengeti Long Walk
10. African Dream
"Copeland's second solo record is the soundtrack to an African safari video. Described on the sleeve as 'a curious blend of musical snatches from Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Zaire, the Congo and Buckinghamshire,' The Rhythmatist is variously a rock album with Africanisms layered on and a rock interpretation...thereof."
-- Trouser Press

"Hey, Stew, forget it."
-- Sounds
The Cult
Beggars Banquet

# 87 (Billboard 200)
1. Nirvana
2. Big Neon Glitter
3. Love
4. Brother Wolf Sister Moon
5. Rain
6. Phoenix
7. Hollow Man
8. Revolution
9. She Sells Sanctuary
10. Black Angel

"She Sells Sanctuary"
# 36 (Hot Dance Music)
"Anyone asking you, in 1985, to swallow kitsch spiritualism delivered with pseudo-Morrison melodrama over Led Zeppelin riffs and Hendrix guitar solos must be aware of the joke."
-- Record Mirror

"The Cult provide a tonic for the eighties!" -- Beat

"It sounds like a 45 playing at 33. In fact it's '69 playing in '85."
-- Melody Maker
The Cure
The Head On The Door

# 75 (Billboard 200)
1. In Between Days
2. Kyoto Song
3. Blood
4. Six Different Ways
5. Push
6. Baby Screams
7. Close To Me
8. Night Like This
9. Screw
10. Sinking

"In Between Days"
# 39 (Hot Dance Music)
# 99 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Close To Me" (Remix)
# 32 (Hot Dance Music)
"Robert Smith does tend to go off about things like screaming babies and the blood of Christ, but don't let that put you off."
-- Smash Hits

"Toeing the line here between pop and sullenness keeps the Cure from achieving maximal creative impact, but it's an altogether listenable album that is sporadically ('Push' and 'Close To Me,' for example) as eclectically brilliant as can be."
-- Trouser Press
The Damned
1. Street Of Dreams
2. Shadow Of Love
3. There'll Come A Day
4. Sanctum Sanctorum
5. Is It A Dream
6. Grimly Fiendish
7. Edward The Bear
8. Eight Day
9. Trojans
"This really is the brave new face of post punk."
-- Kerrang!

"The Damned are actually just a rather breezy pop group."
-- Smash Hits

"Yep, the boys have delivered a corker!"
-- Record Mirror
Dead or Alive

# 31 (Billboard 200)
# 30 (Hot Dance Music)
1. You Spin Me 'Round (Like A Record)
2. I Wanna Be A Toy
3. DJ Hit That Button
4. In Too Deep
5. Big Daddy Of The Rhythm
6. Cake And Eat It
7. Lover Come Back To Me
8. My Heart Goes Bang
9. It's Been A Long Time

"You Spin Me 'Round (Like A Record)"
# 4 (Hot Dance Music)
# 11 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Lover Come Back To Me"
# 75 (Billboard Hot 100)
" (Remix) # 13 (Hot Dance Music)
"Peter Burns deserves wild success. Unfortunately, the music doesn't."
-- NME

"A bloody good laugh and a perfect drunken party record."
-- Record Mirror

"Produced by the shallow but successful Stock, Aitken and Waterman team, Youthquake contains 'You Spin Me 'Round' as well as the equally appealing "Lover Come Back To Me" and a few others that show how much fun Dead or Alive can be."
-- Trouser Press
Rhythm of the Night

# 19 (Billboard 200)
# 3 (Top R&B Albums)
1. Prime Time
2. The Heart Is Not So Smart
3. Who's Holding Donna Now?
4. Give It Up
5. Single Heart
6. You Wear It Well
7. The Walls (Came Tumbling Down)
8. Share My World
9. Rhythm Of The Night

"Rhythm Of The Night"
# 3 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 1 (Hot R&B Singles)

"Who's Holding Donna Now?"
# 1 (Adult Contemporary)
# 2 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 6 (Billboard Hot 100)

"The Heart Is Not So Smart"
# 17 (Adult Contemporary)
# 29 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 75 (Billboard 200)

"You Wear It Well"
# 7 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 46 (Billboard Hot 100)
"A higher ratio of unexpected melodies and interesting lyrics than in most other black outfits." -- Record Mirror

"Generic dance fluff." - NME

"[I]n 1985 they scored their biggest hit with the seductive 'Rhythm Of The Night,' taken from the soundtrack to Motown's film The Last Dragon, in which the group also appeared."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia

"This marked the third album by the Grand Rapids, MI. natives, and it was also an attempt by the label to increase the group's pop appeal."
-- All Music Guide

"Five anorexic American...clones."
-- Melody Mirror
Dexy's Midnight Runners
Don't Stand Me Down
1. The Occasional Flicker
2. This Is What She Likes
3. My National Pride
4. One Of Those Things
5. Reminisce (Part 2)
6. I Love You (Listen To This)
7. The Waltz
8. Reminisce (Part 1)
9. The Way You Look Tonight
"Don't Stand Me Down received very favourable reviews but sold poorly in spite of its qualities. An edited version of 'This Is What She Likes' was issued as a single, but received little airplay."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia

"A lot of people will probably dismiss it as pretentious tuneless rubbish...but others will find these tortured songs about Kevin's loves, Kevin's past and Kevin's this-and-that quite captivating."
-- Smash Hits
Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms
Warner Bros.

# 1 (Billboard 200)
1. So Far Away
2. Money For Nothing
3. Walk Of Life
4. Your Latest Trick
5. Why Worry
6. Ride Across The River
7. The Man's Too Strong
8. One World
9. Brothers In Arms

"Money For Nothing"
# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"So Far Away"
# 3 (Adult Contemporary)
# 19 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 29 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Walk Of Life"
# 4 (Adult Contemporary)
# 6 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 7 (Billboard Hot 100)
"Like many others, Dire Strait's appearance at the Live Aid concert boosted sales and their own 200-date tour helped it become one of the decade's biggest selling albums. [Mark] Knopfler used it to make several wry observations on his own position as a rock star, laughing at the folly of videos and MTV on 'Money For Nothing'."
 -- Virgin Encyclopedia

"Slotting into the same yuppy wallpaper bracket as the Police, Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Sade."
-- NME

"Proves conclusively that punk never ever happened."
-- Smash Hits
What A Life!

# 91 (Billboard 200)
1. Pleasure And Pain
2. Don't You Go Walking
3. Good Die Young
4. Sleeping Beauty
5. Motion
6. In My Life
7. Casual Encounter
8. Heart Telegraph
9. Guillotine Day
10. Dear Diary

"Pleasure And Pain"
# 12 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 76 (Billboard Hot 100)
"All Divinyl songs deal with what they deem to be the important aspects of life, namely sex and power."
-- NME

"Intentionally or not, all three producers of What A Life! appear to have been determined to sell the group to US radio by polishing away their idiosyncrasies (dousing the spark in the songs too, if there was any.) The result comes awfully close to Anybandism." -- Trouser Press
The Dream Academy
Dream Academy

# 20 (Billboard 200)
1. Life In A Northern Town
2. Edge Of Forever
3. (Johnny) New Light
4. In Places On The Run
5. This World
6. Bound To Be
7. Moving On
8. Love Parade
9. Party
10. One Dream

"Life In A Northern Town"
# 7 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 7 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Love Parade"
# 36 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Edge Of Forever"
# 37 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"A study in cold-blooded calculation."
-- NME

"In a shocking success story, Dream Academy's easy-listening, generally dull pop found its way to the top of America's record charts in 1985. 'Life In A Northern Town,' the atmospheric Association-like '60s novelty pleasant, pretentious and shallow, and nothing else on the first LP comes close to being as catchy."
-- Trouser Press

"The airy, baroque British pop trio dubbed the Dream Academy emerged in the mid-'80s as one of the leading lights of the psychedelic revival movement." -- All Music Guide
Sheila E
Romance 1600
Paisley Park

# 12 (Top R&B Albums)
# 50 (Billboard 200)
1. Sister Fate
2. Dear Michaelangelo
3. A Love Bizarre
4. Toy Box
5. Yellow
6. Romance 1600
7. Merci For The Speed Of A Mad Clown...
8. Bedtime Story

"A Love Bizarre"
# 1 (Hot Dance Music)
# 2 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 11 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Sister Fate"
# 36 (Hot R&B Singles)
"As a vocalist, Escovedo never had Prince's range, but like Madonna and Janet Jackson, she demonstrates that singing can be meaningful even if the artist doesn't have the world's biggest voice. Although The Glamorous Life remains Escovedo's most essential album of the 1980s, Romance 1600 is a respectable follow-up."
-- AMG

"Prince's bass and guitar are also the most inspired performances on Romance 1600, a competently executed record with nothing to say."
-- Rolling Stone
Be Yourself Tonight

# 9 (Billboard 200)
1. Would I Lie To You?
2. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
3. I Love You Like A Ball And Chain
4. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
5. Conditioned Soul
6. Adrian [w/ Elvis Costello]
7. It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)
8. Here Comes That Sinking Feeling
9. Better To Have Lost In Love (Than Never To Have Loved At All)

"Would I Lie To You?"
# 2 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 5 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 5 (Hot Dance Music)

"Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves"
# 18 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 10 (Hot Dance Music)

"I Love You Like A Ball And Chain"
# 36 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"
" 78 (Billboard Hot 100)
"[T]his album runs a wide array of musical styles, each song standing tall on its own two feet. [It] is, without a doubt, one of the best rock/pop albums from the 1980s and one of the grandest, most creative albums delivered by the ever-appealing and innovative duo of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. A true classic." - AMG

"The hard-edged, relatively low-tech Be Yourself Tonight marks a real change in the duo's thinking ... Retooling into an '80s Motown factory might seem a little selfconscious, but they carry it off with aplomb and even a bit of heart." -- Trouser Press

"Definitely worthy of a wallow, even for those of you who have concluded that George Orwell is a great pain in the posterior." -- Record Mirror

The Fall
This Nation's Saving Grace
Beggars Banquet
1. Mansion
2. Bombast
3. Barmy
4. What You Need
5. Spoilt Victorian Child
6. L.A.
7. Vixen
8. Couldn't Get Ahead
9. Gut Of The Quantifier
10. My New House
11. Paint Work
12. I Am Damo Suzuki
13. To NK Roachment: Yarbles
14. Petty Thief Lout
15. Rollin' Danny
16. Cruisers Creek
"They have made a record that's infinitely more peculiar than almost anything else released this fall."
-- NME

"Since forming in Manchester in 1977, the Fall has been a major cult favorite in numerous corners of the globe, despite few commercial efforts and uncompromising artistic integrity."
-- Trouser Press

"This is a crackling LP which never compromises the Fall we all know and love." -- Record Mirror
Bryan Ferry
Boys And Girls

# 63 (Billboard 200)
1. Sensation
2. Slave To Love
3. Don't Stop The Dance
4. A Wasted Land
5. Windswept
6. The Chosen One
7. Valentine
8. Stone Woman
9. Boys And Girls

"Slave To Love"
# 19 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Despite its extraordinarily sleek veneer, Boys And so short on tunes that several of the numbers rely on fatiguing one-note vamps to carry them along. Exceptional lyrics might allow one to overlook such inadequacy, but there's nothing much happening on that front, either."
-- Trouser Press

"Brushed and scrubbed to within an inch of their lives, these performances actually have very little to say."
-- Melody Maker
Fine Young Cannibals
Fina Young Cannibals
London Records

# 49 (Billboard 200)
1. Johnny Come Home
2. Couldn't Care More
3. Don't Ask Me To Choose
4. Funny How Love Is
5. Suspicious Minds
6. Blue
7. Move To Work
8. On A Promise
9. Time Isn't Kind
10. Like A Stranger

"Johnny Come Home"
# 76 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Johnny Come Home/Blue"
# 9 (Hot Dance Music)

"Suspicious Minds" (Remix)
# 23 (Hot Dance Music)
"Buy it!"
-- Beat

"A vibrant wholesome piece of vinyl."
-- Record Mirror

"This sophisticated English pop trio from the Midlands appeared after the demise of the Beat in 1983....'Johnny Come Home'...reached the UK Top 10 and defined the band's sound for years to come. The follow-up 'Blue' set out an early political agenda for the band, attacking Conservative Government policy and its effects."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia
John Fogerty
Warner Bros.

# 1 (Billboard 200)
# 7 (Top Country Albums)
1. The Old Man Down The Road
2. Rock And Roll Girls
3. Big Train (From Memphis)
4. I Say It On T.V.
5. Mr. Greed
6. Searchlight
7. Centerfield
8. I Can't Help Myself
9. Vanz Cant Danz

# 4 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 17 (Adult Contemporary)
# 44 (Billboard Hot 100)

"The Old Man Down The Road"
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 10 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Rock and Roll Girls"
# 5 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 20 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Big Train (From Memphis)"
# 38 (Hot Country Singles)
"This downhome DIY triumph -- every instrument played by JCF -- fights for simple American glories as staunchly and lovingly as Born in the USA."
-- NME

"Centerfield has nine home runs in a row!" -- Sounds

"The John Ford of rock 'n' roll: a traditionalist, certainly; sentimental, yes; but rebellious too; the last of the independents, if you like."
-- Melody Maker

"As ever, Fogerty deploys rock's most primal idioms Sun-sound rockabilly, Dale Hawkins-style swamp-funk and of course the classic three-chord chug in a distinct and timeless musical language that is wonderfully unpretentious and, despite its obvious models, utterly convincing."
-- Rolling Stone
Aretha Franklin
Who's Zoomin' Who?

# 3 (Top R&B Albums)
# 16 (Billboard 200)
1. Freeway of Love
2. Another Night
3. Sweet Bitter Love
4. Who's Zoomin' Who?
5. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves [w/ Eurythmics]
6. Until You Say You Love Me
7. Ain't Nobody Ever Loved You
8. Push [w/ Peter Wolf]
9. Integrity

"Freeway of Love"
# 1 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 1 (Hot Dance Music)
# 3 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 11 (Adult Contemporary)

"Who's Zoomin' Who?"
# 2 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 10 (Adult Contemporary)

"Another Night"
# 9 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 21 (Adult Contemporary)
# 22 (Billboard Hot 100)
"Despite unsuitable songs and bombastic production jobs, there still remains that nagging residue of voluptuousness in the voice."
-- Melody Maker

"Though Who's Zoomin' Who? never quite comes together as an album, Walden's ambitious eclecticism works cut by cut with few exceptions, and astonishingly, the hype is nearly justified: this is some of Aretha Franklin's best work since the Sixties....Franklin sweeps through this stylistic hodgepodge with more fire and verve than she's displayed in years. " -- Rolling Stone

"Just a bit TOO full of all those ultra-slick studio dance moves."
-- Record Mirror

Hall & Oates
Live At The Apollo

# 26 (Billboard 200)
# 41 (Top R&B Albums)
1. Apollo Medley: Get Ready/Ain't Too Proud
2. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
3. Everytime You Go Away
4. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
5. One On One
6. Possession Obsession
7. Adult Education
"Rock 'n' soul!"
-- Smash Hits

"A major disappointment perhaps, but it's still the first half-decent album that the duo have managed to date."
-- Record Mirror

"Their performances of "I Can't Go for That," "One on One," "Possession Obsession," and "Adult Education" have to be heard to be believed. They work a crowd like few can, and their harmonies are impeccable." -- AMG
Hoodoo Gurus
Mars Needs Guitars

# 140 (Billboard 200)
1. Bittersweet
2. Poison Pen
3. In The Wild
4. Death-Defying
5. Like Wow--Wipeout!
6. Hayride To Hell
7. Show Some Emotion
8. Other Side Of Paradise
9. Mars Needs Guitars
10. She
"Yes, a bit of R&B, C&W, psychedelia and stuff that sounds vaguely like all those mouth-organ puffing old fogeys at Live Aid is filtered through the brain of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo to wind up as wonderful." -- Smash Hits

"Australia has produced few bands as crazily entertaining as Sydney's Hoodoo Gurus." -- Trouser Press

"The Gurus are like now, like wow!"
-- Sounds
Listen Like Thieves

# 11 (Billboard 200)
1. What You Need
2. Listen Like Thieves
3. Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)
4. Shine Like It Does
5. Good & Bad Times
6. Biting Bullets
7. This Time
8. Three Sisters
9. Same Direction
10. One X One
11. Red Red Sun

"What You Need"
# 3 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 5 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 20 (Hot Dance Music)

"Listen Like Thieves"
# 12 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 54 (Billboard Hot 100)

"This Time"
# 11 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 81 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Kiss The Dirt"
# 24 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"Crisp, lively rock, with as little vocal posturing as Michael Hutchence seems capable of, and substantial aggressive guitar work where required." -- Trouser Press

"This Australian sextet is to be commended for its brashness. On Listen Like Thieves...they forge an unlikely union between the sonic extremism of Led Zeppelin-style crunch rock and the step-lively beat of disco." -- Rolling Stone

"Listen Like Thieves consolidated their worldwide success, except in the UK where critics savaged the band, but it was not long before sales finally took off there as well."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia

"Depressingly definitive example of excruciatingly boring, incredibly unimaginative MTV rock." -- NME

Iron Maiden
Live After Death
(The World Slavery Tour)

# 22 (Billboard Hot 100)
1. Intro: Churchill's Speech
2. Aces High
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
4. The Trooper
5. Revelations
6. Flight of Icarus
7. Rime of the Ancient Mariner
8. Powerslave
9. The Number Of The Beast
10. Hallowed Be Thy Name
11. Iron Maiden
12. Run To The Hills
13. Running Free
14. Wrathchild
15. 22 Acacia Avenue
16. Children Of The Damned
17. Die With Your Boots On
18. Phantom of the Opera

"Iron Maiden's World Slavery Tour was one of the longest and most extensive tours ever undertaken by a rock band. Lasting from August 9, 1984-July 5, 1985...the show included a mammoth setup that replicated the intricate ancient Egyptian scenery of the Powerslave album cover. As a "thank you" to the hundreds of thousands of fans who packed arenas the world over, the double disc live set Live After Death was issued in 1985." -- AMG

"A thoroughly worthwhile piece of vinyl." -- Record Mirror

"The ultimate in everything a live album should be." -- Kerrang!
Freddie Jackson
Rock Me Tonight

# 1 (Hot R&B Albums)
# 11 (Billboard 200)
1. He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)
2. Love Is Just A Touch Away
3. I Wanna Say I Love You
4. You Are My Lady
5. Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)
6. Sing A Song Of Love
7. Calling
8. Good Morning Heartache

"You Are My Lady"
# 1 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 3 (Adult Contemporary)
# 12 (Billboard Hot 100)

"He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)"
# 8 (Hot R&B Singles)
# 25 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 28 (Adult Contemporary)

"Love Is Just A Touch Away"
# 9 (Hot R&B Singles)
Here on his debut album, Freddie Jackson enjoyed admirable chart success with each of the four singles....The New York native even undertakes the jazz standard 'Good Morning Heartache' with a mellow but fiery passion. Jackson's utilization of his vocal skills with much vibrato, which became a signature of his, was very well received." -- AMG

"One of the finest new voices to appear for ages." -- Record Mirror

"The search continues for Marvin's replacement and a commercial race is on for the new voice of midnight love....[T]his year's most outstanding debut album." -- NME
Mick Jagger
She's The Boss

# 13 (Billboard 200)
1. Lonely At The Top
2. 1/2 A Loaf
3. Running Out Of Luck
4. Turn The Girl Loose
5. Hard Woman
6. Just Another Night
7. Lucky In Love
8. Secrets
9. She's The Boss

"Just Another Night"
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 11 (Hot Dance Music)
# 12 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 83 (Hot R&B Singles)

"Lucky In Love"
# 5 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 11 (Hot Dance Music)
# 38 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Lonely At The Top"
# 9 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"Jagger employs a who's who including Herbie Hancock, Pete Townshend, and Jeff Beck for an album that replaces the familiar sound of the Stones with a more sophisticated but no less hard-rock sound."
-- All Music Guide

"A good deal sharper and more 1985-sounding than the Rolling Stones look capable of." -- Smash Hits

"Stands up by itself as a record every bit as vital and contemporary as anything the latest crop of teenagers may be shifting in the indie stores."
-- Melody Maker

"It's SO predictable, so dated."
Record Mirror
Elton John
Ice On Fire

# 48 (Billboard 200)
1. This Town
2. Cry To Heaven
3. Soul Glove
4. Nikita
5. Too Young
6. Wrap Her Up
7. Satellite
8. Tell Me What The Papers Say
9. Candy By The Pound
10. Shoot Down The Moon
11. Act Of War

# 7 (Billboard Top 100)

"Wrap Her Up"
# 20 (Billboard Hot 100)
"The LP reaffirms Elton's position as top British pop performer and master interpreter of songs."
-- Sounds

Sandwiched between 1984's Top 20 hit Breaking Hearts and 1986's commercial disaster Leather Jackets, 1985's Ice on Fire is a forgotten Elton John effort. While it is hardly a's still an enjoyable record, living proof of the power of professionalism."  -- AMG

"It's all too safe by half, Reg."
-- Record Mirror
Howard Jones
Dream Into Action

# 10 (Billboard 200)
# 65 (Top R&B Albums)
1. Things Can Only Get Better
2. Life In One Day
3. Dream Into Action
4. No One Is To Blame
5. Look Mama
6. Assault And Battery
7. Automation
8. Is There A Difference?
9. Elegy
10. Specialty
11. Why Look For The Key?
12. Hunger For The Flesh
13. Bounce Right Back
14. Like To Get To Know You Well

"No One Is To Blame"
# 1 (Adult Contemporary)
# 4 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 20 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Things Can Only Get Better"
# 5 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 21 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 10 (Hot Dance Music)
# 54 (Hot R&B Singles)

"Life In One Day"
# 16 (Adult Contemporary)
# 19 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 36 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 50 (Hot Dance Music)

"Like To Get To Know You Well"
# 49 (Billboard Hot 100)
"Dream Into Action, which employs more outside musicians (horns, vocalists, a cellist) to vary the sound, serves up another dose of engaging nouveau-pop. The album does, unfortunately, contain an extremely duff howler -- 'Bounce Right Back' -- which I first mistook for one one of Falco's onerous rants."
-- Trouser Press

"The philosopher of nouveau vulnerability." -- NME

"In his way, Howard Jones is more subversive than any overtly radical tub-thumpers because of his determination to resuscitate a repellent category epitomical of waste and decadence." -- Melody Maker

"No spark, nothing we didn't already know about him." -- Record Mirror

"Jones is fast maturing into an artist of imagination, style, vision and credibility. It's time the rock snobs opened their eyes."
-- Sounds

# 20 (Billboard 200)
1. King Of The Mountain
2. Any Way You Slice It
3. Who Wants To Be Lonely
4. Trial By Fire
5. I'm Alive
6. Love's A Deadly Weapon
7. Tears Are Falling
8. Secretly Cruel
9. Radar For Love
10. Uh! All Night

"Tears Are Falling"
# 51 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 20 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"Asylum continues to display Kiss's ability to flog hapless consumers a product they don't need and which has no intrinsic value whatsoever. This is marketing at its best. And music at its worst." -- NME

"By 1985, Kiss was a shadow of its former self. Gone was the raw rock of their not so distant past....In its place was a sound that was too similar to other pop-metal bands at the time, as well as unimaginative...songs" -- AMG

Level 42
World Machine

# 18 (Billboard 200)
1. Something AboutYou
2. World Machine
3. Physical Presence
4. Leaving Me Now
5. Hot Water
6. It's Not The Same For Us
7. Good Man In A Storm
8. The Chant Has Begun
9. Lying Still

"Something About You"
# 7 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Something About You" (Remix)
# 4 (Hot Dance Music)
"Level 42 was one of Britain's most successful bands by the time World Machine was released in 1986, but U.S. success was elusive. But that changed with the engaging single "Something About You," which became a Top Ten hit in America and sent this album soaring into the Top Twenty. World Machine pushes their newfound radio-friendly sound into the forefront, and the result is one of the finest pop albums of the mid-'80s."
-- All Music Guide

Love and Rockets
Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
Beggars Banquet
1. If There's A Heaven Above (Canada Mix)
2. A Private Future
3. The Dog-End Of A Day Gone By
4. The Game
5. Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World...)
6. Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
7. Haunted When The Minutes Drag
8. Saudade
9. God And Mr. Smith (Mars Mix)

"Compelling and mystifying and almost totally unique." -- Kerrang!
"Their debut Seventh Dream of Teenage marked by an ethereal quality, as much by the transcendental lyrics as the richly layered depth of the production: the atmosphere is one of reflection, yet all the while remaining enlightened, without the somber negativity often induced by such a journey into the mind. The title track sounds like a hot night under blue neon, and is totally addicting, as are many of the tracks."
-- All Music Guide

Michael McDonald
No Lookin' Back
Warner Bros.

# 45 (Billboard 200)
1. No Lookin' Back
2. Bad Times
3. (I'll Be Your) Angel
4. By Heart
5. Any Foolish Thing
6. Our Love
7. (I Hang) On Your Every Word
8. Lost In The Parade
9. Don't Let Me Down

"No Lookin' Back"
# 45 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 4 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Bad Times"
# 38 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"Feels good to me."
-- NME

"This is for feeling good and bad to."
-- Sounds

"With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late '70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star." -- All Music Guide
Mad Not Mad
Zarjazz / Geffen
1. I'll Compete
2. Yesterday's Men
3. Uncle Sam
4. White Heat
5. Mad Not Mad
6. Sweetest Girl
7. Burning The Boats
8. Tears You Can't Hide
9. Time
10. Coldest Day
"The world needs more bands like Madness. One of the original London perpetrators of the ska revival....Although it has its moment, Mad Not Mad is an uneasy, odd record....Not unpleasant, but unsettlingly out of the Madness mainstream." -- Trouser Press

"Grim, but grinning, they come to the surface clutching an album of ten sparkling, black diamonds."
-- Record Mirror
Wynton Marsalis
Black Codes-From The Underground

# 2 (Top Jazz Albums)
# 118 (Billboard 200)
1. Black Codes (From The Underground)
2. For Wee Folks
3. Delfeayo's Dilemma
4. Phryzzinian Man
5. Aural Oasis
6. Chambers of Tain
7. Blues

"Wynton Marsalis proves knowledge to be the opiate for Woganised jazz musak."
-- Melody Maker
"What's it like? It's like dazzling, of course..." -- Beat

"There is a consistently excellent outpouring of ideas, an interlocking musical imagination and fire power, and to crown the achievement, a spirit of mischief." -- NME

"The music is brilliantly played and displays what the "Young Lions" movement was really about: young musicians choosing to explore acoustic jazz and to extend the innovations of the pre-fusion modern mainstream style." -- All Music Guide
Freddie Mercury
Mr. Bad Guy

# 159 (Billboard 200)
1. Let's Turn It On
2. Made In Heaven
3. I Was Born To Love You
4. Foolin' Around
5. Your Kind Of Lover
6. Mr. Bad Guy
7. Man Made Paradise
8. There Must Be More To Life Than This
9. Living On My Own
10. My Love Is Dangerous
11. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

"I Was Born To Love You"
# 38 (Hot Dance Music)
# 76 (Billboard Hot 100)
After 15 years at the helm of British rock legends Queen, singer Freddie Mercury finally released his first solo album Mr. Bad Guy while the band was on hiatus in 1985....Other winners such as "There Must Be More to Life than This," "Living on My Own," and "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow" help make this an outstanding record from start to finish." -- AMG

"A real epic." -- Record Mirror

"I'm not saying it's bad, but someone should report him to the RSPCA."
-- Smash Hits
The Models
Out Of Mind Out Of Sight

# 84 (Billboard 200)
1. Out Of Mind Out Of Sight
2. Big On Love
3. Ringing Like A Bell
4. Stormy Tonight
5. These Blues
6. Cold Fever
7. Sooner In Heaven
8. Seeing Is Believing
9. Barbados
10. King Of Kings
11. Big On Love (12" version)
12. Barbados (12" version)
13. Out Of Mind Out Of Sight (12" version)

"Out Of Mind Out Of Sight"
# 37 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 22 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Cold Fever"
# 29 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"Models were one of the pioneers of post-punk and new wave in Australia. Although the band never achieved the international recognition of compatriots such as INXS and Midnight Oil, they reaped several chart hits in their native land. Models were rewarded with their first big hit, "Barbados," in 1985; it reached number two on the Australian pop charts. The band's next single, "Out of Mind Out of Sight," skyrocketed to the top; it even landed at number 36 in America. The group recorded one more album, 1986's |MEDIA')"Models' Media, before disbanding in 1988."
-- All Music Guide

"Has about as much actual substance as a tub of margarine."
-- Melody Maker

New Edition
All For Love

# 3 (Top R&B Albums)
# 32 (Billboard 200)
1. Count Me Out
2. Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)
3. Sweet Thing
4. With You All The Way
5. Let's Be Friends
6. Kickback
7. Tonight's Your Night
8. Whispers In Bed
9. Who Do You Trust
10. School
11. All For Love

"Count Me Out"
# 2 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 23 (Hot Dance Music)
# 51 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)"
# 3 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 16 (Hot Dance Music)
# 38 (Billboard Hot 100)

"With You All The Way"
# 7 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 51 (Billboard Hot 100)
"Anyone who includes Almighty God, their lawyers, their wardrobe director and Nancy Reagan on their inner sleeve can't really be living in the real world." -- NME

"So teen angst it positively oozes with acne."
-- Melody Maker

"While sometimes things got a bit sappy lyrically and seemed repetitive at other times, the group compensated with their strongest harmonies and vocal performances to date."
-- All Music Guide

New Order

# 95 (Billboard 200)
1. Love Vigilantes
2. The Perfect Kiss
3. This Time Of Night
4. Sunrise
5. Elegia
6. Sooner Than You Think
7. Subculture
8. Face Up

"The Perfect Kiss"
# 5 (Hot Dance Music"

# 35 (Hot Fance Music)
"Not just doomy electronic workouts but memorable melodies with a sense of humour lurking in the words."
-- Smash Hits

"I can't think of anything I can't do with this record -- it informs and illuminates so many emotions."
-- Melody Maker

"New Order have gone commercial with class...a brilliant album. Worth the wait." -- Record Mirror
Stevie Nicks
Rock A Little
Modern / Parlophone

# 12 (Billboard 200)
1. I Can't Wait
2. Rock A Little
3. Sister Honey
4. I Sing For The Things
5. Imperial Hotel
6. Some Become Strangers
7. Talk To Me
8. The Nightmare
9. If I Were You
10. No Spoken Word
11. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You

"I Can't Wait"
# 6 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 16 (Billboard Hot 100)
"For all its glossiness, this pop-rock CD comes across as sincere and heartfelt rather than formulaic or contrived. From the catchy "I Can't Wait" to the intense "No Spoken Word" to the dark "The Nightmare," everything on Rock a Little is as honest as it is memorable." -- AMG

"This 'new' Stevie Nicks album is much like any other 'new' Stevie Nicks album." -- Kerrang!

"Stevie should come out of the studio and take up flower-arranging immediately." -- Record Mirror
Gary Numan
The Fury
1. Call Out The Dogs
2. This Disease
3. Your Fascination
4. Miracles
5. The Pleasure Skin
6. Creatures
7. Tricks
8. God Only Knows
9. I Still Remember
 "If The Fury wasn't a full return to form, at points it was still a step up, taking some of his better AOR/funk moves from the previous albums and welding them to the sort of choppy-yet-powerful electronic moves bands like Depeche Mode in particular made their own." -- All Music Guide

"Musically, this LP is the same old boring keyboard plod and slurred vocals as ever." -- Record Mirror
Yoko Ono
1. Hell In Paradise
2. I Love All Of Me
3. Children Power
4. Rainbow Revelation
5. The King Of The Zoo
6. Remember Raven
7. Cape Clear
8. Sky People
9. You And I
10. It's Gonna Rain (Living On Tiptoe)
11. Starpeace
12. I Love You, Earth

"Hell In Paradise"
# 12 (Hot Dance Music)
"For a woman who's taken out full page ads in the world's leading newspapers preaching for love and peace, this must be an end in itself."
-- NME

"Ono made a conscious effort to provide a positive, optimistic lyrical outlook (it's already easy to forget that the title is a rebuke to the Star Wars defense scheme). The main problem, though, is not the production, but the material, which is often imbued with a kind of sappy utopianism." -- AMG
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

# 38 (Billboard 200)
1. So In Love
2. Secret
3. Bloc Bloc Bloc
4. Women III
5. Crush
6. 88 Seconds in Greensboro
7. The Native Daughters Of The Golden West
8. La Femme Accident
9. Hold You
10. The Lights Are Going Out

"So In Love"
# 26 (Billboard Hot 100)
"It's the welcome return of the thinking person's dance music, and isn't it good to hear real drums again!"
-- Smash Hits

"OMD show that they have little to flex in the imagination department."
-- NME

"Despite it's easygoing ambience and a shortage of really memorable songs, Crush -- OMD's least stylized, most mainstream album -- isn't half-bad."
-- Trouser Press
Robert Palmer

# 8 (Billboard 200)
1. Riptide
2. Hyperactive
3. Addicted To Love
4. Trick Bag
5. Get It Through Your Heart
6. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
7. Flesh Wound
8. Disciple Of Love
9. Riptide (Reprise)

"Addicted To Love"
# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 36 (Hot Dance Music)

"I Didn't Mean To Turn You On"
# 2 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 26 (Hot Dance Music)

# 33 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 21 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"He brings all his craft to bear on the kind of lively, sophisticated white soul that is his hallmark." -- Sounds

"A bombastic funk record with such tripe as 'Addicted To Love,' a song whose main value lies in its parody potential."
-- Trouser Press

"Another case of white boy with soul aspirations and pop capabilities."
-- Melody Maker
Teddy Pendergrass
Workin' It Back

# 96 (Billboard 200)
# 6 (Top R&B Albums)
1. Love 4/2
2. One Of Us Fell In Love
3. Never Felt Like Dancin'
4. Let Me Be Closer
5. Lonely Color Blue
6. Want You Back In My Life
7. Workin' It Back
8. Love Emergency

"Love 4/2"
# 6 (Hot R&B Singles)

"Never Felt Like Dancin'"
# 21 (Hot R&B Singles)

"Let Me Be Closer"
# 67 (Hot R&B Singles)
"A most appropriate title, as Pendergrass was making his comeback following the tragic car accident. The album took a long time to make an impact, but finally wound up a modest success." -- AMG

"Handsome man, handsome music."
-- Sounds

"Workin' It Back is a black Barry Manilow vehicle which reverses the rules of the genre with six slow mattress manifestos and a brace of dancefloor concessions."-- NME
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Southern Accents

# 7 (Billboard 200)
1. Rebels
2. It Ain't Nothin' To Me
3. Don't Come Around Here No More
4. Southern Accents
5. Make It Better (Forget About Me)
6. Spike
7. Dogs On The Run
8. Mary's New Car
9. The Best Of Everything

"Don't Come Around Here No More"
# 2 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 13 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Make It Better (Forget About Me")
# 12 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 54 (Billboard Hot 100)

# 5 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 74 (Billboard Hot 100)
"Great in places, downright dull in others." -- NME

"In 1985 [Petty] had another major hit with 'Don't Come Around Here No More' aided by an imaginative and award-winning Alice in Wonderland video depicting him as the Mad Hatter. During the recording of Southern Accents Petty smashed his hand (in anger) on the recording console and had to have a metal splint permanently fixed as the bones were too badly broken."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia.

"The sound of the modern world, aware and alive." -- Melody Maker
The Power Station
The Power Station
1. Some Like It Hot
2. Murderess
3. Lonely Tonight
4. Communication
5. Get It On (Bang A Gong)
6. Go To Zero
7. Harvest For The World
8. Still In Your Heart

"Get It On (Bang A Gong)"
# 9 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 19 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Some Like It Hot"
# 6 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 34 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"The sheer muscle of sound does hold a sort of forcible fascination."
-- Smash Hits

"For all the talent present, the record sounds remarkably unoriginal."
-- Circus

"Under the direction of guitarist Andy Taylor, the Power Station is an attempt to break free from the constraints of Duran Duran's polished synth-pop, adding elements of funk, courtesy of Chic drummer Tony Thompson, as well as straightahead hard rock, courtesy of vocalist Robert Palmer."
-- All Music Guide
Prince & The Revolution
Around The World In A Day
Paisley Park

# 1 (Billboard 200)
# 4 (Top R&B Albums)
1. Around The World In A Day
2. Paisley Park
3. Condition Of The Heart
4. Raspberry Beret
5. Tamborine
6. America
7. Pop Life
8. The Ladder
9. Temptation

"Raspberry Beret"
# 2 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 3 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 40 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Pop Life"
# 7 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 8 (Hot R&B Tracks)

# 35 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 46 (Billboard Hot 100)
"Dippy surreal psychedelia."
-- Record Mirror

"By the look in his eyes of late he appears to be suffering from a bad case of the Howard Hughes syndrome." -- Melody Maker

"Drowning in quasi-psychedelia and 60s optimism, [Around The World In A Day] was a diverting but strangely uneventful, almost frivolous, jaunt."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia

"Prince's father helped him write three of the tunes...but don't blame Dad -- the blatherings on sex and religion, and the neo-psychedelic/flower-power tripe in which it's couched are all Prince's doing." -- Trouser Press
The Ramones
Too Tough To Die
Beggars Banquet

# 172 (Billboard 200)
1. Mama's Boy
2. I'm Not Afraid Of Life
3. Too Tough To Die
4. Durango 95
5. Wart Hog
6. Danger Zone
7. Chasing The Night
8. Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La)
9. Daytime Dilemma
(Dangers Of Love)
10. Planet Earth 1988
11. Humankind
12. Endless Vacation
13. No Go
"Classic." -- NME

"How can [America] lap up all that AOR slush when they've had one of the best bands in the universe vandalizing their backyard for a whole decade?" -- Melody Maker

"On Too Tough To Die...the Ramones get serious about stealing back some thunder from the hardcore punk scene they'd inspired. The sound is more ferocious than ever." -- Trouser Press
Fables of the Reconstruction
1. Feeling Gravity's Pull
2. Maps And Legends
3. Driver B
4. Life And How To Live It
5. Old Man Kensey
6. Can't Get There From Here
7. Green Grow The Rushes
8. Kohoutek
9. Auctioneer (Another Engine)
10. Good Advices
11. Wendell Gee
"A dark, moody rumination on American folk not only the music, but its myths Fables is creepy, rustic psychedelic folk, filled with eerie sonic textures." -- All Music Guide

"If the Smiths are hailed as England's primary 'lyric' band...then R.E.M. are America's equivalent."
-- Melody Maker

"Highly recommended for those who listen to records with their ears rather than their feet." -- Smash Hits
Stan Ridgway
The Big Heat

# 131 (Billboard 200)
1. The Big Heat
2. Pick It Up (And Put It In Your Pocket)
3. Can't Stop The Show
4. Pile Driver
5. Walkin' Home Alone
6. Drive She Said
7. Salesman
8. Twisted
9. Camouflage
10. Rio Greyhound

(Reissued in 1993 with...)
11. Stormy Side Of Town....12.Foggy River....13. End Of The Line....14. Nadine...15. Can't Stop The Show (Live)....16. Drive She Said (Live)
"It's no coincidence that the lyrics...are printed on the inner sleeve in prose format; ex-Wall of Voodoo singer Ridgway's a pulp novelist at heart. Delivered with his exaggerated side-of-the-mouth delivery and instrumentation that reaches for maximum film noir ambience, the songs recount amazing stories of crime, war and bizarre characters in a highly engaging and uncommon fashion. The Big Heat is a rare record."
-- Trouser Press

"Tom Waits, eat your heart out."
-- Sounds
David Lee Roth
Crazy From The Heat
Warner Bros.

# 15 (Billboard 200)
1. Easy Street
2. Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
3. California Girls
4. Coconut Grove

"California Girls"
# 3 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 3 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 39 (Adult Contemporary)

"Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"
# 12 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 25 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Easy Street"
# 14 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"For his first solo effort, Roth stripped away the gonzo guitars that are Van Halen's trademark and accentuated his lounge-lizard-as-rock-star persona, resulting in an EP that succeeds because of that persona, not because the music is anything special." -- AMG

"Throbs with the infectious fun of playing around with nostalgia whilst still remaining incorrigibly Dave."
-- NME
Run D.M.C.
King Of Rock

# 12 (Top R&B Albums)
# 52 (Billboard 200)
1. Rock The House
2. King Of Rock
3. You Talk Too Much
4. Jam-Master Jammin'
5. Roots, Rap, Reggae
6. Can You Rock It Like This
7. You're Blind
8. It's Not Funny
9. Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3)

"King Of Rock"
# 14 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 40 (Hot Dance Music)

"You Talk Too Much"
# 19 (Hot R&B Tracks)

"Can You Rock It Like This"
# 19 (Hot R&B Tracks)
"Intelligent, danceable, culturally accurate document that explains why 'other rappers can't stand us but give us respect'." -- Sounds

" A superb synthesis of funk and HM."
-- NME

"[B]y demonstrating that both rap and heavy metal run on the same primal energy, Run-D.M.C. makes an important point: The difference between one fan's music and another's is not nearly as great as radio or MTV might suggest....King of Rock shows that these guys are no mere pretenders to the throne.".
-- Rolling Stone
Scritti Politti
Cupid & Psyche 85
Warner Bros.

# 50 (Billboard 200)
1. Word Girl (Flesh and Blood)
2. Small Talk
3. Absolute
4. A Little Knowledge
5. Don't Work That Hard
6. Perfect Way
7. Lover To Fall
8. Wood Beez
(Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
9. Hypnotize
10. Flesh & Blood

"Perfect Way"
# 11 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 85 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 6 (Hot Dance Music)

# 43 (Hot Dance Music)

"Wood Beez"
# 4 (Hot Dance Music)
"The most flimsily gorgeous white lovers' rock since the Police walked on the moon and George asked us if we really wanted to hurt him."
-- Melody Maker

"What Mel Gibson is to leather, Scritti are to sophisticated pop sounds. Heaven." -- Record Mirror

"The painstakingly well-crafted record is unfailingly pleasant."
-- Trouser Press

"On their second album, Scritti Politti essentially was Green Gartside, who directed drummer Fred Maher, keyboardist David Gamson, and a multitude of studio musicians through a state-of-the-art, immaculately constructed set of catchy, synth-pop."
-- Rolling Stone
Simple Minds
Once Upon A Time

# 10 (Billboard 200)
1. Once Upon A Time
2. All The Things She Said
3. Ghost Dancing
4. Alive And Kicking
5. Oh Jungleland
6. I Wish You Were Here
7. Sanctify Yourself
8. Come A Long Way

"Alive And Kicking"
# 2 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 3 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 25 (Hot Dance Music)

"Sanctify Yourself"
# 3 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 14 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 24 (Hot Dance Music)

"All The Things She Said"
# 9 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 28 (Billboard Hot 100)
"This album was one of their best, most likely leading the pack in the band's album roster, because it exuded raw energy and solid composition not entirely captured on previous albums." -- All Music Guide

"Simple Minds sound too comfortable, and the music grand but not great."
-- Smash Hits

"Though Once upon a Time isn't without its embarrassing's all kept down to earth by a humility almost unheard of in this era of rampant ego. For all its earnestness and theatricality, Simple Minds never sounds self-important or bombastic. When Jim Kerr implores you to "Sanctify Yourself," it sounds more like a party invitation than a preachy dictum." -- Rolling Stone
Simply Red
Picture Book

# 16 (Billboard 200)
# 26 (Top R&B Albums)
1. Come To My Aid
2. Sad Old Red
3. Look At You Now
4. Heaven
5. Jericho
6. Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
7. Holding Back The Years
8. Red Box
9. No Direction
10. Picture Book

"Holding Back The Years"
# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 29 (Hot R&B Singles)

"Money's Too Tight (To Mention)"
# 2 (Hot Dance Music)
# 28 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Come To My Aid"
# 13 (Hot Dance Music)
"Forget the soul stuff and you've got one of the better debuts of the year."
-- Melody Maker

"[F]or once here's a new, very accessible band that doesn't quite sound like anyone else....Every song holds some small surprise, like the single "Holding Back the Years," which is shaping up into the left-field hit of the year....[Y]ou get the feeling these guys really believe in each other and the music they're making."
-- Rolling Stone

"Picture Book's soul-by-numbers is as cliche-ridden as the ugliest offspring of Gothic interbreeding."
-- NME
The Smiths
Meat Is Murder
Rough Trade

# 110 (Billboard 200)
1. The Headmaster Ritual
2. Rusholme Ruffians
3. I Want The One I Can't Have
4. What She Said
5. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
6. How Soon Is Now?
7. Nowhere Fast
8. Well I Wonder
9. Barbarism Begins At Home
10. Meat Is Murder

"How Soon Is Now?"
# 36 (Hot Dance Music)
"With their second proper album Meat Is Murder, the Smiths begin to branch out and diversify, while refining the jangling guitar-pop of their debut. In other words, it catches the group at a crossroads, unsure quite how to proceed." -- All Music Guide

"Their music is well beyond the trivial novelty we've come to know as pop."
-- Melody Maker

"The Smith's artistic achievement is genuinely beyond doubt." -- NME
Rick Springfield

# 21 (Billboard 200)
1. Dance This World Away
2. Celebrate Youth
3. State Of The Heart
4. Written In Rock
5. The Power Of Love (The Tao Of Love)
6. Walking On The Edge
7. Walk Like A Man
8. The Tao Of Heaven
9. Stranger In The House
10. My Father's Chair

"Celebrate Youth"
# 26 (Billboard Hot 100)
"No worse than Bryan Adams."
-- Smash Hits

" You can pine for the days when the scope of a teen star's ambition encompassed only a desire to find his summerlove sensation."
-- Melody Maker
Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti

# 61 (Billboard 200)
1. Big Beng
2. By Your Side
3. King George Street
4. I Learnt How To Pray
 5. Last Time Forever
6. No Place Like Home
7. Heartbreaking World
8. Hits Of The Year
9. Break My Heart
10. I Wont Ever Go Drinking Again (?)

"Hits Of The Year"
# 39 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"This is by no stretch of the imagination a 'happy' record -- unless, that is, one is perverse enough to take delight from alcoholism, poverty, marital breakdown, unrequited love and drug addiction." -- NME

"Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti was hailed as a return to form, and although not supplying any hit singles, the tracks 'King George Street', 'I Learnt How To Pray' and...'Heartbreaking World' stood out." -- Virgin Encyclopedia
Knee Deep In The Hoopla

# 7 (Billboard 200)
1. We Built This City
2. Sara
3. Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight
4. Rock Myself To Sleep
5. Desperate Heart
6. Private Room
7. Before I Go
8. Hearts Of The World (Will Understand)
9. Love Rusts

"We Built This City"
# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 37 (Hot Dance Music)

# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 1 (Adult Contemporary)
"A tasteful, interesting piece of US chart-rock vinyl." -- Sounds

"Tight, lively and brilliantly good."
-- Kerrang!

"The album is hardly a great artistic achievement, but it's better than the Starship records that followed, and it fit perfectly with 1985's zeitgeist of '60s relics cleaning up and making MOR comebacks." -- All Music Guide

"[A] disgustingly dreary rock band who sound like Toto (except on 'We Built This City' where they sounds like a very wonky Abba)." -- Smash Hits
The Dream of the Blue Turtles

# 2 (Billboard 200)
# 35 (Top R&B Albums)
1. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
2. Love Is The Seventh Wave
3. Russians
4. Children's Crusade
5. Shadows In The Rain
6. We Work The Black Seam
7. Consider Me Gone
8. The Dream Of The Blue Turtles
9. Moon Over Bourbon Street
10. Fortress Around Your Heart

"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 3 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 10 (Hot Dance Music)
# 17 (Hot R&B Tracks)

"Fortress Around Your Heart"
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 8 (BIllboard Hot 100)
"I'm all for political songs, and there's no better vehicle for them than a megastar album. Yet Sting sabotages his own good intentions when he gets preachy or spacey or sanctimonious. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" is a postgrammatical, T-shirt sentiment and a denunciation of possessiveness that would be a lot more convincing issued by someone other than a millionaire. If Sting really believes that we can be happy with less, he can send me $500,000, care of this magazine."
-- Rolling Stone

"Sting has finally come of age."
-- Sounds

The Style Council
Our Favourite Shop

[US title: The Internationalists]
1. Homebreakers
2. All Gone Away
3. Come To Milton Keynes
4. Internationalists
5. A Stones Throw Away
6. The Stand Up Comics Instruction
7. Boy Who Cried Wolf
8. A Man Of Great Promise
9. Down In The Seine
10. The Lodgers
11. Luck
12. With Everything To Lose
13. Shout To The Top
14. Walls Come Tumbling Down!

[UK version includes "Our Favourite Shop"]
"[T]he Style Council's second proper album, was still quite eclectic, but it didn't seem as schizophrenically diverse as Cafe Bleu."  -- AMG

"Laid-back, easy-listening sounds accompanied by hard-hitting words and messages." -- Record Mirror

"Slicker and more confident than ever."
-- Melody Maker

"Though still rather varied, the album is much more coherent than its predecessor." -- Trouser Press
Soldiers Under Command

# 5 (Top Contemporary Christian)
# 86 (Billboard 200)
1. Soldiers Under Command
2. Makes Me Wanna Sing
3. Together Forever
4. First Love
5. Rock That Makes Me Roll
6. Reach Out
7. (Waiting For) A Love That's Real
8. Together As One
9. Surrender
10. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
"Soldiers Under Command...put the band on the map commercially. The album went gold, and Stryper became a major hit on MTV without abandoning its Christian message." -- AMG

"Each and every one of the album's ten toons gets The Word across in a way which renders Billy Graham positively restrained in his approach!"
-- Kerrang!

"[A] band pledging 'special thanks' to God on the sleeve can't be all that bad, can they?" -- Sounds

Talking Heads
Little Creatures

# 20 (Billboard 200)
1. And She Was
2. Give Me Back My Name
3. Creatures Of Love
4. The Lady Don't Mind
5. Perfect World
6. Stay Up Late
7. Walk It Down
8. Television Man
9. Road To Nowhere

"And She Was"
# 11 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 54 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Stay Up Late"
# 24 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Road To Nowhere"
# 25 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"Talking Heads have started to make sense." -- Melody Maker

"Not since this particular band's second album have more songs about houses, factories, windows, babies' pee-pee and kitchens sounded so good." -- NME

"Nine simple songs played with relative restraint and the fewest sidemen they've employed in a long time, Little Creatures is ostensibly the Head's back-to-the-minimalist-roots rock'n'roll album, an escape from pan-culturalism and artistic grandiosity."
-- Trouser Press
Tears for Fears
Songs From The Big Chair

# 1 (Billboard 200)
# 38 (Top R&B Albums)
1. Shout
2. The Working Hour
3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
4. Mothers Talk
5. I Believe
6. Broken
7. Head Over Heels/Broken (Live)
8. Listen

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 2 (Adult Contemporary)
# 2 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 1 (Hot Dance Music)

# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 6 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 56 (Hot R&B Tracks)

"Head Over Heels"
# 3 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 5 (Adult Contemporary)
# 7 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 49 (Hot Dance Music)
"They build rhythmic catchphrases and wonderful melodies upon sturdy song structures and sing with compelling conviction."
-- Smash Hits

"Glorious pop...with the dream gloss of the hit parade."

"A calculated and brilliant peak, a quintessence of their polished pop putty....[A] marvellous, seamless, vindicating triumph." -- NME

 "It is not only a commercial triumph, it is an artistic tour de force. And in the loping, percolating 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World,' Tears for Fears perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the mid-'80s while impossibly managing to also create a dreamy, timeless pop classic." -- All Music Guide
10,000 Maniacs
The Wishing Chair
1. Can't Ignore The Train
2. Scorpio Rising
3. Just As The Tide Was A-Flowing
4. Lilly Dale
5. Back O' The Moon
6. Maddox Table
7. The Colonial Wing
8. Grey Victory
9. Among The Americans
10. Everyone A Puzzle Lover
11. Cotton Alley
12. Daktari
13. My Mother The War
14. Tension Makes A Tangle
15. Arbor Day
"The Maniacs' music harks back to an international sepia past....Not bad at all for hippy American folk-rockers."
-- Record Mirror

"[Natalie] Merchant's reflectrve, impressionist lyrics and clear, powerful singing shine." -- Trouser Press

"Like an aural sepia print, 10,000 Maniacs are tainted by memory."
-- Melody Maker
Thompson Twins
Here's To Future Days

# 20 (Billboard 200)
1. Don't Mess With Doctor Dream
2. Lay Your Hands On Me
3. Future Days
4. Roll Over
5. Revolution
6. King For A Day
7. Love Is The Law
8. Emperor's Clothes
9. Tokyo
10. You Killed The Clown
11. Breakaway

"Lay Your Hands On Me"
# 6 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 14 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 14 (Adult Contemporary)
# 46 (Hot Dance Music)

"King For A Day"
# 8 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 13 (Adult Contemporary)
# 35 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"You can't always judge a band by its haircuts. Take the Thompson Twins: on the surface they're the perfect example of vintage 1985 pop, three designer-style cartoon characters lip-syncing breathlessly trendy technoditties. And sure enough, their fourth U.S. release is crammed full of relentless melodies, singalong choruses, swooning synths, percussive exotica and the sort of hooks that should be baited with Excedrin. But it also contains actual guitar solos groovy, grotesquely distorted ones and deceptively simple lyrics that offer love and optimism as an answer to drug addiction, nuclear war, racial strife and loneliness." -- Rolling Stone
Pete Townshend
White City-A Novel

# 26 (Billboard 200)
1. Give Blood
2. Brilliant Blues
3. Face The Face
4. Hiding Out
5. Secondhand Love
6. Crashing By Design
7. I Am Secure
8. White City Fighting
9. Come To Mama

"Give Blood"
# 5 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Secondhand Love"
# 32 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"White City is a clear, organic parable of hope triumphing over despair, making this Townshend's best work since Empty Glass."
-- Rolling Stone

"Built around a loose narrative concerning urban despair, the album doesn't work very well conceptually, yet a handful of the individual songs are among his finest solo work." -- AMG

Twisted Sister
Come Out And Play

# 53 (Billboard 200)
1. Come Out And Play
2. Leader Of The Pack
3. You Want What We Got
4. I Believe In Rock & Roll
5. The Fire Still Burns
6. Be Chrool To Your Scuel
7. I Believe In You
8. Out In The Streets
9. Lookin' Out For Number One
10. Kill Or Be Killed
11. King Of The Fools*
[*Originally only on cassette version]
"Twisted Sister was left in a strange position after the massive breakthrough success of their 1984 album, Stay Hungry. While the album contained more of a pop edge than their more raw preceding albums...the heavy metal masses worldwide still embraced the album, as well as the lucrative MTV/pop audience. So for its follow-up, the band was faced with a question: Should they continue in a more pop-oriented direction or return to their early heavy metal?....[T]he answer was a little bit of both."-- All Music Guide
Little Baggariddim

# 40 (Billboard 200)
1. The King Step
2. The Buzz Feeling
3. Lyric Officer
4. Demonstrate
5. Two In A One
6. Hold Your Position
7. Hip Hop Lyrical Robot
8. Style
9. Fight Fe Come In
10. V's Version
11. Don't Break My Heart
12. I Got You Babe
13. Mi Spliff

"I Got You Babe"
# 28 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 40 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"A vibrant pulsating reggae record which by virtue of clever production avoids the usual reggae trap of becoming repetitive and boring."
-- Smash Hits

"Baggariddim consists of three new recordings (the catchy "Don't Break My Heart," "Mi Spliff" and a charmingly reggaefied "I Got You Babe" sung with Chrissie Hynde) on an EP plus a seven-song album of dub mixes."
-- Trouser Press

"A good idea poorly executed."
-- Record Mirror
Luther Vandross
The Night I Fell In Love

# 1 (Top R&B Albums)
# 19 (Billboard 200)
1. 'Til My Baby Comes Home
2.The Night I Fell In Love
3. If Only For One Night
4. Creepin'
5. It's Over Now
6. Wait For Love
7. My Sensitivity (Gets In The Way)
8. Other Side Of The World

"'Til My Baby Comes Home"
# 4 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 10 (Hot Dance Music)
# 29 (Billboard Hot 100)

"It's Over Now"
# 4 (Hot R&B Tracks)
# 36 (Hot Dance Music)

"Wait For Love"
# 11 (Hot R&B Tracks)
"Beautiful stuff...a sleek black panther of a record, shimmering and simmering with guile and style and subtle tender soul." -- Sounds

"A notable and welcome exception to the norm in the peacock park world of the male soul singer."
-- Melody Maker

"His fourth album under the Epic banner, and Luther Vandross still retains that freshness that is fulfilling to his audience and rightly so....The production skills of Vandross are commendable as he exhibits patience and acumen to know his boundaries."
-- All Music Guide
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Soul To Soul

# 34 (Billboard 200)
1. Say What
2. Lookin' Out The Window
3. Look At Little Sister
4. Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love
5. Gone Home
6. Change It
7. You'll Be Mine
8. Empty Arms
9. Come On (Pt. III)
10. Life Without You

"Change It"
# 17 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Look At Little Sister"
# 17 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"It's still a modern blues album, yet it has a wider sonic palette, finding Vaughan fusing a variety of blues, rock, and R&B styles. Most of this is done through covers...but Vaughan's songwriting occasionally follows suit, as well." -- All Music Guide

"The addition of keyboards and tenor sacophone to Vaughan's pumping-iron Hendrixy power trio has added richness and dimension to his music, as has his greatly improved singing."
 -- NME
Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega

# 91 (Billboard 200)
1. Cracking
2. Freeze Tag
3. Marlene On The Wall
4. Small Blue Thing
5. Straight Lines
6. Undertow
7. Some Journey
8. The Queen And The Soldier
9. Knight Moves
10. Neighborhood Girls
"Has some memorable material and generally avoids preciousness or willful obscurity. She's a talented melodocist, and this album suggests lots of potential for development."
-- Trouser Press

"It's comforting, warm and intrinsically female...rural values seen through urban eyes, sad, broody and wise."
-- Melody Maker
Tom Waits
Rain Dogs

# 188 (Billboard 200)
1. Singapore
2. Clap Hands
3. Cemetery Polka
4. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
5. Tango Till They're Sore
6. Big Black Mariah
7. Diamonds & Gold
8. Hang Down Your Head
9. Time
10. Rain Dogs
11. Midtown
12. 9th & Hennepin
13. Gun Street Girl
14. Union Square
15. Blind Love
16. Walking Spanish
17. Downtown Train
18. Bride Of Rain Dog
19. Anywhere I  Lay My Head
"There used to be a time when it was said that the Devil had all the best tunes. With the release of Rain Dogs he's got some heavy competition."
-- Sounds

"His music wraps itself around every American street form there is -- jazz, honky tonk, blues, country and so on -- while his voice is white-faced Robeson from the bottom of a bottle."
-- Record Mirror

"The evocative, elliptical rhymes describe scenes and characters with poetic precision but use atmosphere, not narrative, to connect them." -- Rolling Stone
Paul Young
The Secret of Association

# 19 (Billboard 200)
1. Bite The Hand That Feeds
2. Everytime You Go Away
3. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
4. Standing On The Eedge
5. Soldier's Things
6. Everything Must Change
7. Tomb Of Memories
8. One Step Forward
9. Hot Fun
10. This Means Anything
11. I Was In Chains
12. Man In The Iron Mask

"Everytime You Go Away"
# 1 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 1 (Adult Contemporary)
# 14 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Everything Must Change"
# 56 (Billboard Hot 100)

"I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"
# 60 (Hot R&B Tracks)
"He never strikes as being a major performer, but hard work has made him a very capable one." -- NME

"Far beyond the cosy, adult conservatism that Young and his admirers might be assumed to occupy." -- Melody Maker

"Few British rock singers have gotten off to the soulful start Paul Young managed with his debut, No Parlez. At the time, Young seemed like the era's perfect blue-eyed soulster, possessing not only the requisite vocal power but an interpretive ability that equaled his inspirations....With his second album, The Secret of Association, Young's standing as British soul's great white hope is sorely diminished."
-- Rolling Stone
ZZ Top
Warner Bros.

# 4 (Billboard 200)
1. Sleeping Bag
2. Stages
3. Woke Up With Wood
4. Rough Boy
5. Can't Stop Rockin'
6. Planet Of Women
7. I Got The Message
8. Velcro Fly
9. Dipping Low In The Lap Of Luxury

"Sleeping Bag"
# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 8 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 41 (Hot Dance Music)

# 1 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 21 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Rough Boy"
# 5 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 22 (Billboard Hot 100)

"Velcro Fly"
# 15 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
# 35 (Billboard Hot 100)
# 43 (Hot Dance Music)

"Can't Stop Rockin'"
# 8 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

# 16 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)

"Woke Up With Wood"
# 18 (Mainstream Rock Tracks)
"Afterburner, their most synthetic album, will not please most ZZ Top fans, even if it did go platinum several times over. That's just a sign of the times, when even hard rock bands had to sound as slick as synth-pop, complete with clanging DX-7s and cavernous drums. As an artifact of that time, Afterburner is pretty good never has a hard rock album sounded so artificial, nor has a blues-rock album sounded so devoid of blues."
-- All Music Guide

"Afterburner will get you in its clutches and lead you to highway heaven."
-- Sounds

"This album should never be too far out of your reach." -- Record Mirror

"Afterburner...did feature some excellent individual moments in 'Sleeping Boy' and 'Rough Boy', and the cleverly titled 'Velcro Fly'."
-- Virgin Encyclopedia

"Afterburner may simply represent a transitional phase in this gifted eccentric's development as well as a tricky period in ZZ Top's continuing evolution from bell-bottom-blues band to sharp-dressed pop machine." -- Rolling Stone