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COMPELLED by a recent celebration/day of 1979-based music… Image result for joy division

across B.B.C. radio – it got me thinking about all the terrific music that emanated from that three-hundred-and-sixty-five days. I feel we all have that one year that stands in the mind as being exemplary and fine. As someone born in the 1980s; I was growing up in the ‘90s (I was born in 1983) and the terrific music that emerged then. I feel 1994 is the finest year for music – if you look at all the albums that came out then – but 1991 is also incredibly full and wonderful. I had forgotten about the range and variation of albums that was brought to the music world in 1979. In honour of that: I choose a track from the twenty-five best albums of the year.



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Talking Heads - I Zimbra (Fear of Music, 3rd August)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-RDJ4Z4XrQ&w=560&h=315]


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Joy Division Shadowplay (Unknown Pleasures, 15th June)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juD4ayBbHdY&w=560&h=315]


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Public Image Ltd. – Swan Lake (Metal Box, 23rd November)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwrRGxYmY8&w=560&h=315]


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Elvis Costello and the AttractionsOliver’s Army (Armed Forces, 5th January)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrjHz5hrupA&w=560&h=315]


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XTCMaking Plans for Nigel (Drums and Wires, 17th August)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s29RKnB7l7o&w=560&h=315]


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The JamThe Eton Riffles (Setting Sons, 16th November)



[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJRmrlkYdsQ&w=560&h=315]


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Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersHere Comes My Girl (Damn the Torpedoes, 19th October)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4nPa35CZPI&w=560&h=315]


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Fleetwood MacTusk (Tusk, 12th October)



[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InjF8xj93LU&w=560&h=315]


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Gang of FourDamaged Goods (Entertainment!, 25th September)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byCqOvRMOvo&w=560&h=315]


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The ClashSpanish Bombs (London Calling, 14th December)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ertt3o1x65c&w=560&h=315]


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The Specials –  A Message to You Rudy (The Specials, 19th October)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cntvEDbagAw&w=560&h=315]


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Chic Good Times (Risqué, 30th July)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKl6EZShaaw&w=560&h=315]


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Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) (The Wall, 30th November)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrxX9TBj2zY&w=560&h=315]


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Led ZeppelinIn the Evening (In Through the Out Door, 15th August)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afEipftwkn4&w=560&h=315]


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Donna SummerHot Stuff (Bad Girls, 25th April)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IdEhvuNxV8&w=560&h=315]


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The Undertones Here Comes the Summer (The Undertones, 13th May)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31Dza1L8daA&w=560&h=315]


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The SlitsShoplifting (Cut, 7th September)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz6EZlGMxXY&w=560&h=315]


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The B-52’sRock Lobster  (The B-52’s, 6th July)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aepSPpU4S2o&w=560&h=315]


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BuzzcocksEver Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) (Singles Going Steady, 25th September)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPG6Ak5FASk&w=560&h=315]


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Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Off the Wall, 10th August)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yURRmWtbTbo&w=560&h=315]


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ABBAAs Good as New (Voulez-Vous, 23rd April)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxv2vF9S0bY&w=560&h=315]


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AC/DCHighway to Hell (Highway to Hell, 27th July)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_jCu_u28Ig&w=560&h=315]


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David BowieBoys Keep Swinging (Lodger, 18th May)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMhFyWEMlD4&w=560&h=315]


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Neil Young & Crazy HorseHey Hey, My My (Into the Black) (Rust Never Sleeps, 27th August)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQhEvfeJocM&w=560&h=315]


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Earth, Wind & Fire Boogie Wonderland (I Am, 9th June)


[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=god7hAPv8f0&w=560&h=315]


Standout Album:

Talking Heads - Fear of Music


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