The Greatest Albums of the 1980s Archive

8 Dec 2020

Dare! – The Human League

In 1981, the Human League defined a generation of music with Dare!, a record so tied to new wave that you can’t really talk about the genre without bringing up them and their breakthrough song, “Don’t You
23 Sep 2020

‘Closer,’ Joy Division

Twelve years ago, I tried an experiment in which I listened to Joy Division for two weeks to try to find out why they were so revered. Although I grew an appreciation for their place in music
23 Aug 2020

‘Tracy Chapman,’ Tracy Chapman

The Reagan/ Thatcher era of the 1980s drew its share of detractors in the music world — artists fed up with trickle-down economics and the heating up of the Cold War. Artists from Bruce Springsteen to U2