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Hidden 80’s Gems – Part 1 1980-1981

Those of us growing up with the supreme albums of the 70’s, time of the allmighty supergroups of Progressive Rock and Jazz/Rock Fussion, those devastated by the loss of Lenon and Zeppelin, tends to think of the 80’s as bullshit, remember the nightmare of watching Phil and Jon selling out on MTV. But that is just an ilusion, because there was a lot of crap in the 70’s, and there was a lot of good stuf in the 80’s, hidden in the boxes in the backest back of the record store. What I intend to do now, is pick one of those albums for every sorry year, from the dark age of music. (all characters appearing in the above post are fictitious)

1980 – Pere Ubu – The Art Of Walking
Pere Ubu’s version of new wave is truely unique, avantgarde experimental garage rock (or punk?)
Having made improvised noice for years, I was amused to find, that it was an artform in its own, and that some people was able to sell it. I had found hope, and faith !!

On The art of walking Ubu takes their music to the extreme abstraction, It is caos, but caos with a lot of beauty, drama, dreamy moods and a hole lot of humour. The album was my first Ubu so to this day its my favorite.

1981 – Brian Eno and David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Another 80’s album, twisting my views on what music is, what in can do, and how its should be done.

As opose to the idear of (rock) music, as albums made by bands of 3-6 people, in studio sessions. This was something very diffrent, it was a collage of sounds, mixed together, to create a piece of art. It sounded like a trillion of samples played at the same time, and yet, it worked perfectly. Another game changing fact was, it was a totaly multi cultural mix, a milestone in the development of music in years to come.