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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA “Loser Gone Wild” (1983)


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80s ELO is the shit. Jeff Lynne was pretty much on fire (“Free Fallin’, “Runnin’ Down a Dream, and “I Won’t Back Down”?!?!) for the entire decade.

Secret Messages is no classic end to end but “Loser Gone Wild” has one of the catchiest chorus ever.

UPDATE: Re-upped to Divshare.

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TAKANAKA MASAYOSHI “Just Chuckle” (1981)


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One of my favorite blogs is My Jazz World, which features a cut-and-come-again pudding of crazy late ’70s/early ’80s Japanese jazz records. A recent gem out of that shop is this truly bizarre concept album by Takanaka Masayoshi, about some goblins who plot to steal the colors of the rainbow in order to eat them (!).

I love the narration, straight out of some BBC children’s show, and Takanaka’s enthusiastic overuse of the talkbox. Such a winner.

CAETANO VELOSO “Nega Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby” (1986)


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Obligatory Michael Jackson-related pageview bait memorial post.

Actually, Caetano’s segue from “Billie Jean” into the look at all the lonely people line from “Eleanor Rigby” is pretty brilliant and perceptive.

PHIL LYNOTT “Gino” (1982)


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Another great Lynott solo jam. Everybody shares “Yellow Pearl” off this record but there are many other stand outs as well.

Tough, late photo of Phil there.

CROSBY STILLS & NASH “War Games” (1983)


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Synthy period piece from CSN; apparently this was going to be the title song for WarGames but things fell apart at the last minute.

It sounds more like ELO or Alan Parsons than “Wooden Ships” and there are better early ’80s records from the CSNY family, but I’m digging it nonetheless.

HARUOMI HOSONO “Sports Men” (1982)


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Until recently my favorite Hosono solo jam was the incredible new wave Dr. Johnist “Tokyo Rush” but then I heard “Sports Men”. Now I can’t hear anything else

I had to drive to Baltimore today and I probably listened to this ten times there and back.

SPARKS “Young Girls” (1980)


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While Sparks’ No. 1 in Heaven was totally Moroder-driven, on 1980’s Terminal Jive Moroder stepped back a bit and Harold Faltermeyer was clearly in charge. You can hear it too: No. 1 is disco and Terminal Jive is a new wave affair.

Anyway, this is a great jam, but it’s only my second favorite about the pleasures of Humberthumbertism. As usual, Ray Davies defeats all comers.