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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My picks for the Slicing Up Eyeballs' Best of 86 Poll

Slicing Up Eyeballs has their Best "new wave/alternative" Albums of 1986 poll up. Some of my faves came out in 86, but there weren't as many albums I was passionate about compared to the previous polls. Looking through the ballot I realized that there were loads of half-great albums in 86 - records with a few all time favorite songs and then a bunch of filler or forgettable songs.

For the purpose of voting I stuck with what was on the ballot, so there aren't any write-ins (hence no Beasties, Run DMC, etc). Here are my picks in alph order:

  • Crowded House - Crowded House
  • The Godfathers - Hit By Hit
  • Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians - Element of Light
  • Hüsker Dü - Candy Apple Grey
  • Love and Rockets - Express
  • The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head
  • R.E.M.. - Lifes Rich Pageant
  • Stan Ridgway - The Big Heat
  • They Might Be Giants - They Might Be Giants
  • XTC - Skylarking

Most of my picks are pretty standard college rock/CMJ staples. But I think this is about the point where I started listening to a lot more indie music and deliberately started shunning most of the 120 Minutes type artists. I'm really curious to see the 1987 ballot.

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