Greatest Album of 1979 - Preliminary Round 1

Which albums deserve to move on?

Poll ended at 13 May 2021, 8:18am

The B-52’s, The B-52’s
1
1%
Blondie, Eat to the Beat
4
4%
David Bowie, Lodger
3
3%
The Clash, London Calling
18
16%
Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Armed Forces
11
10%
Crass, Stations of the Crass
4
4%
The Cure, Three Imaginary Boys
5
4%
The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette
6
5%
Gang of Four, Entertainment!
8
7%
The Jam, Setting Sons
12
11%
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
5
4%
KISS, Dynasty
2
2%
Madness, One Step Beyond …
3
3%
Magazine, Secondhand Daylight
3
3%
Public Image Ltd., Metal Box
4
4%
The Raincoats, The Raincoats
0
No votes
The Slits, Cut
4
4%
The Specials, The Specials
11
10%
Talking Heads, Fear of Music
6
5%
Wire, 154
3
3%
XTC, Drums and Wires
1
1%
 
Total votes: 114

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Low Down Low wrote:
12 May 2021, 1:27pm
A few i could think of like Rust Never Sleeps or the pleasure principle, but the one I'd nominate is Skids - Scared to Dance

The first of two albums they released in '79 and their best song that year, Masquerade, wasn't even on either of them.
I second this one though I might have already seconded something. Either way, while I picked the Buzzcocks to nominate, I almost went with the Skids.
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WestwayKid wrote:
12 May 2021, 2:08pm
Low Down Low wrote:
12 May 2021, 1:27pm
A few i could think of like Rust Never Sleeps or the pleasure principle, but the one I'd nominate is Skids - Scared to Dance

The first of two albums they released in '79 and their best song that year, Masquerade, wasn't even on either of them.
I second this one though I might have already seconded something. Either way, while I picked the Buzzcocks to nominate, I almost went with the Skids.
Buzzcocks are the correct choice, don't worry.
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Tough choices, I went with Clash, GO4, Cure, Elvis, Slits.

Felt bad ditching Crass, Damned, JD, PiL, Specials... :naughty:
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I'd love to lobby someone to back The B-52's self titled album. I relistened to it just yesterday and it really is an amazing collection of nervy detached kitsch that lands right at the crossroads of punk, post-punk and new Wave (I wouldn't even really say pop - that would come later for them). Go back and listen, it's a lot smarter than you probably remember. It's fun with a sinister undertow. And its landmark importance on new wave and alternative can't really be overstated.
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WestwayKid wrote:
12 May 2021, 2:08pm
Low Down Low wrote:
12 May 2021, 1:27pm
A few i could think of like Rust Never Sleeps or the pleasure principle, but the one I'd nominate is Skids - Scared to Dance

The first of two albums they released in '79 and their best song that year, Masquerade, wasn't even on either of them.
I second this one though I might have already seconded something. Either way, while I picked the Buzzcocks to nominate, I almost went with the Skids.
So you're seconding the Skids?
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So far, nominated and seconded albums that'll be considered going forward are:
SLF, Inflammable Material (Olaf, Heston)
Germs, (GI) (Flex, Wolter)
The Skids, Scared to Dance (LDL, WWK)
The Ruts, The Crack (Marky, SM)

A bunch of others have been nominated, but have to seconded to be added.
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The Jam making a good early showing. Superb album..
There's a tiny, tiny hopeful part of me that says you guys are running a Kaufmanesque long con on the board

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Heston wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:26pm
The Jam making a good early showing. Superb album..
I've said it a thousand times here but I love Setting Sons so much, it's just that damn version of Smithers-Jones that spoils what would be a perfect album.

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 May 2021, 3:31pm
WestwayKid wrote:
12 May 2021, 2:08pm
Low Down Low wrote:
12 May 2021, 1:27pm
A few i could think of like Rust Never Sleeps or the pleasure principle, but the one I'd nominate is Skids - Scared to Dance

The first of two albums they released in '79 and their best song that year, Masquerade, wasn't even on either of them.
I second this one though I might have already seconded something. Either way, while I picked the Buzzcocks to nominate, I almost went with the Skids.
So you're seconding the Skids?
Yes.
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WestwayKid wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:51pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 May 2021, 3:31pm
WestwayKid wrote:
12 May 2021, 2:08pm
Low Down Low wrote:
12 May 2021, 1:27pm
A few i could think of like Rust Never Sleeps or the pleasure principle, but the one I'd nominate is Skids - Scared to Dance

The first of two albums they released in '79 and their best song that year, Masquerade, wasn't even on either of them.
I second this one though I might have already seconded something. Either way, while I picked the Buzzcocks to nominate, I almost went with the Skids.
So you're seconding the Skids?
Yes.
Alrighty, noted.
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BitterTom wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:51pm
Heston wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:26pm
The Jam making a good early showing. Superb album..
I've said it a thousand times here but I love Setting Sons so much, it's just that damn version of Smithers-Jones that spoils what would be a perfect album.
Agreed, the 45 rpm single electric version is so much better. I remember having to search record shops to find the import version, it was pretty rare here in the US.

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BitterTom wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:51pm
Heston wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:26pm
The Jam making a good early showing. Superb album..
I've said it a thousand times here but I love Setting Sons so much, it's just that damn version of Smithers-Jones that spoils what would be a perfect album.
Yeah, I never really enjoyed that version but I could see what they were going for, that Eleanor Rigby-style thing. The b-side version is ace.
There's a tiny, tiny hopeful part of me that says you guys are running a Kaufmanesque long con on the board

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Heston wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:59pm
BitterTom wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:51pm
Heston wrote:
12 May 2021, 4:26pm
The Jam making a good early showing. Superb album..
I've said it a thousand times here but I love Setting Sons so much, it's just that damn version of Smithers-Jones that spoils what would be a perfect album.
Yeah, I never really enjoyed that version but I could see what they were going for, that Eleanor Rigby-style thing. The b-side version is ace.
Setting Sons used to be my fave, but I've grown to like Sound Affects more.
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Kory wrote:
12 May 2021, 2:13pm
WestwayKid wrote:
12 May 2021, 2:08pm
Low Down Low wrote:
12 May 2021, 1:27pm
A few i could think of like Rust Never Sleeps or the pleasure principle, but the one I'd nominate is Skids - Scared to Dance

The first of two albums they released in '79 and their best song that year, Masquerade, wasn't even on either of them.
I second this one though I might have already seconded something. Either way, while I picked the Buzzcocks to nominate, I almost went with the Skids.
Buzzcocks are the correct choice, don't worry.
I prefer Skids personally but i wouldn't argue the case all that vehemently.

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The Ruts - The Crack

One of the finest albums released in '79.

The debut from The Undertones is another quality album.
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