Friday, January 10, 2014

Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Best of the 1980s poll

Now that the polls for the individual years are finished, time for the big one.What were the best albums of the entire decade? Head over to SUE and vote for your 25 favorite albums from 1980-1989. All of The Cure's albums are listed, along with The Glove's 'Blue Sunshine'.

Update (Jan. 6th, 2014): The results are in, and 'Disintegration' comes in at #1, beating out The Smiths' 'The Queen is Dead' by a mere 9 votes. The Cure dominated the poll with 3 other albums in the top 10 - 'Head on the Door' #6, 'Kiss Me' #7, and 'Pornography' #10. 'Seventeen Seconds' came in at #34, 'Faith' at #35, and 'The Top' at #70.

Update (Jan. 10th, 2014): USA Today has article about this.

24 comments:

  1. The Cure!!! Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Sound and Depeche Mode!

    Pornography, Faith and Disintegration are the best albums of all time!

    Closer and Heaven Up Here are also masterpieces.

    ;)

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    1. The sound, one of the greatest underrated band ever! Cheers!

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    2. The sound, one of the greatest underrated band ever! Cheers!

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  2. Disintegration & Pornography are the best!!

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  3. It's crazy to me that "Wish" is consistently under-rated, compared to lesser albums like "The Head on the Door" and "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me".

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    1. It's crazy to me that some people don't think Kiss Me is in their top three best albums. To me it's their best because it covers every aspect of what they do, and it does it very well.

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    3. I think "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" is very good, but not nearly as good as "Wish". My main gripe is that "The Head on the Door" is held in such high esteem -- much less dynamic than later Cure albums into the early '90s.

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    4. i agree--they weren't quite "there" yet with HOTD, in my opinion, and you are probably like me in that you like when an artist becomes fully realized and developed to their earlier "raw" work that hipsters seem to prefer. for me, it's disintegration<kmkmkm<wish<hotd<17seconds<s/t<porn<wms<faith<4:13<blood<tib<top

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    5. it seems that in recent years wish has been looked at as a lackluster cure record, which baffles me, as every diehard i know loves it..i think kmkmkm is LOADED with amazing songs, but that there are a good few i could do without as well--but that's every double album. my favorite record ever is the pumpkins' mellon collie & the infinite sadness, and in theory i would take 5-7 songs off of it (and, like with the cure, replace them with superior b-sides)--but that's "in theory." in reality, even though those songs might be, in and of themselves, better than the ones that made the record, they would upset the narrative cohesion of the whole if swapped in. so i take the bad with the good when an artist i love makes a sprawling, ambitious album.

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    6. and i do agree, in theory, with what's said below about kmx3 being a representation of everything the cure does well--which is a lot of things, more than most bands, which, really, is sort of ironic, because so many casual listeners would pigeonhole them into one narrow 80s goth-new wave subgenre--but in practice, i don't necessarily agree that the album consistently demonstrates GOOD examples of all their varied strengths..for instance, the heavier/gothier songs, which in this case would be torture, snakepit, all i want, and fight..to me, these are fairly weak cure entries and definitely the weakest songs on the record. the poppy (catch/JLH/perfect girl) and dreamy (1 more time/1000 hours/IOTWCS) things are all amazing, though, as are the more hard-to-describe songs (the kiss, like cockatoos). but if you took out those lesser songs above and added in chain of flowers, breathe, to the sky, maybe sugar girl, you'd have a higher number of great songs, but you'd also have a less eclectic and, therefore, less interesting whole album.

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  4. The Head on the Door is a class album, if 'Screw' was replaced by 'The Exploding Boy' then it would even better. This was the first Cure album to cover all their musical styles & the 2 singles are great unlike Wish which had the very average 'High' - but each to their own I guess

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  5. i have no problem with screw--and i like a few hours after this more than exploding boy..and high is one of their best singles ever.

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  6. what I find is, those that got into the band with disintegration adore wish, those that got into the band in the late 70s to early 80s think Pornography is their peak (this also includes anyone that loved metal then found alternative music), and those like myself that got into them around 84-85 love KMKMKM more than Wish. It's just an observation over the years.

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    1. Well done Scott, This hits the head on the door on the head! I got into the Cure after hearing the singles in the 80's then Disintegration was the one,, and Wish is just killer, miserable as a bastard.

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    2. Love Head on the Door as well though.Its fun then miserable as a bastard

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  7. two other points--people that think The Snakepit and High are not amazing songs worthy of considering some of their finest material, I just don't understand!

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