Greatest Album of 1979 - Elimination Round 1

Which album should go?

Poll ended at 18 May 2021, 8:00am

The Clash, "London Calling"
0
No votes
Elvis Costello and the Attractions, "Armed Forces"
0
No votes
Gang of Four, “Entertainment!"
0
No votes
The Jam, "Setting Sons”
3
14%
Joy Division, "Unknown Pleasures"
3
14%
Magazine, "Secondhand Daylight"
2
10%
The Skids, "Scared to Dance"
6
29%
The Slits, “Cut"
6
29%
The Specials, "The Specials"
0
No votes
Stiff Little Fingers, "Inflammable Material"
1
5%
 
Total votes: 21

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After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
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Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 3:53pm
After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
That's sacrilege man! AF is great album, give "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", ("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? or "Party Girl" a fresh listen.
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Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 4:49pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 3:53pm
After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
That's sacrilege man! AF is great album, give "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", ("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? or "Party Girl" a fresh listen.
Goon Squad. Yeah its probably my favorite EC.

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Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 4:49pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 3:53pm
After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
That's sacrilege man! AF is great album, give "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", ("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? or "Party Girl" a fresh listen.
I'll try it again, but every time I put it on I wind up getting distracted by other stuff. How would you describe the album to somebody who hadn't heard it?
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Hello,

I seldom comment on these polls but Armed Forces is great. This was one of the first albums that were thought to be punk (yes, people at the time thought Elvis Costello was punk after the first two fast guitar albums) but expanded into pop territory - at least to my knowledge and my perception of people. Additionally, I think this album was released just after Elvis' drunk Ray Charles comments to add some controversy. Lyrically, people could really hear the anger and then to top it off with What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding was outstanding.

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gkbill wrote:
17 May 2021, 5:31pm
Hello,

I seldom comment on these polls but Armed Forces is great. This was one of the first albums that were thought to be punk (yes, people at the time thought Elvis Costello was punk after the first two fast guitar albums) but expanded into pop territory - at least to my knowledge and my perception of people. Additionally, I think this album was released just after Elvis' drunk Ray Charles comments to add some controversy. Lyrically, people could really hear the anger and then to top it off with What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding was outstanding.
It is indeed great. The production and arrangements are far more textured than on his first two releases. The wit and anger are still there, but musically I find it just far more interesting. Not a bad track on the entire LP.
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Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 5:13pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 4:49pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 3:53pm
After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
That's sacrilege man! AF is great album, give "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", ("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? or "Party Girl" a fresh listen.
I'll try it again, but every time I put it on I wind up getting distracted by other stuff. How would you describe the album to somebody who hadn't heard it?
How would I describe it.....well, it's another direction for the band, the songs IMO were more complex melodies than MAIT & TYM, better musicianship I suppose . Like revbob stated, give "Goon Squad" a listen too. Hell, just listen to the entire album! :mrgreen:
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Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:27pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 5:13pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 4:49pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 3:53pm
After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
That's sacrilege man! AF is great album, give "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", ("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? or "Party Girl" a fresh listen.
I'll try it again, but every time I put it on I wind up getting distracted by other stuff. How would you describe the album to somebody who hadn't heard it?
How would I describe it.....well, it's another direction for the band, the songs IMO were more complex melodies than MAIT & TYM, better musicianship I suppose . Like revbob stated, give "Goon Squad" a listen too. Hell, just listen to the entire album! :mrgreen:
I will, and maybe I'll pick up the 33 1/3 volume on it too, that can often give me an appreciation for albums that I didn't really rate before.
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Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:57pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:27pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 5:13pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 4:49pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 3:53pm
After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
That's sacrilege man! AF is great album, give "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", ("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? or "Party Girl" a fresh listen.
I'll try it again, but every time I put it on I wind up getting distracted by other stuff. How would you describe the album to somebody who hadn't heard it?
How would I describe it.....well, it's another direction for the band, the songs IMO were more complex melodies than MAIT & TYM, better musicianship I suppose . Like revbob stated, give "Goon Squad" a listen too. Hell, just listen to the entire album! :mrgreen:
I will, and maybe I'll pick up the 33 1/3 volume on it too, that can often give me an appreciation for albums that I didn't really rate before.
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Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 3:53pm
After the Skids, I'm going to Elvis. I like the first two, but I could never get interested in Armed Forces.
That’s probably my favorite EC album.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
17 May 2021, 7:06pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:57pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:27pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 5:13pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 4:49pm


That's sacrilege man! AF is great album, give "Oliver's Army", "Accidents Will Happen", ("What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? or "Party Girl" a fresh listen.
I'll try it again, but every time I put it on I wind up getting distracted by other stuff. How would you describe the album to somebody who hadn't heard it?
How would I describe it.....well, it's another direction for the band, the songs IMO were more complex melodies than MAIT & TYM, better musicianship I suppose . Like revbob stated, give "Goon Squad" a listen too. Hell, just listen to the entire album! :mrgreen:
I will, and maybe I'll pick up the 33 1/3 volume on it too, that can often give me an appreciation for albums that I didn't really rate before.
Oh, if that's what works for you:
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Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 7:18pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
17 May 2021, 7:06pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:57pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:27pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 5:13pm


I'll try it again, but every time I put it on I wind up getting distracted by other stuff. How would you describe the album to somebody who hadn't heard it?
How would I describe it.....well, it's another direction for the band, the songs IMO were more complex melodies than MAIT & TYM, better musicianship I suppose . Like revbob stated, give "Goon Squad" a listen too. Hell, just listen to the entire album! :mrgreen:
I will, and maybe I'll pick up the 33 1/3 volume on it too, that can often give me an appreciation for albums that I didn't really rate before.
Oh, if that's what works for you:
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Note: The book is fucking inane.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
17 May 2021, 7:22pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 7:18pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
17 May 2021, 7:06pm
Kory wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:57pm
Sparky wrote:
17 May 2021, 6:27pm

How would I describe it.....well, it's another direction for the band, the songs IMO were more complex melodies than MAIT & TYM, better musicianship I suppose . Like revbob stated, give "Goon Squad" a listen too. Hell, just listen to the entire album! :mrgreen:
I will, and maybe I'll pick up the 33 1/3 volume on it too, that can often give me an appreciation for albums that I didn't really rate before.
Oh, if that's what works for you:
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
17 May 2021, 9:35am
Heston wrote:
17 May 2021, 9:02am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
17 May 2021, 8:57am
Heston wrote:
17 May 2021, 8:31am
The Slits don't make the cut for me.
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gkbill wrote:
17 May 2021, 5:31pm
Hello,

I seldom comment on these polls but Armed Forces is great. This was one of the first albums that were thought to be punk (yes, people at the time thought Elvis Costello was punk after the first two fast guitar albums) but expanded into pop territory - at least to my knowledge and my perception of people. Additionally, I think this album was released just after Elvis' drunk Ray Charles comments to add some controversy. Lyrically, people could really hear the anger and then to top it off with What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding was outstanding.
You do know the "What's So Funny" is a cover version right?
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Forces have been looting
My humanity
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The end of liberty


We're the flowers in the dustbin...
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