Song of the Day #2,965: ‘Sex and Dying in High Society’ – X

x_los_angelesMy week of 1980 albums by groups I’ve never heard turned out to be a theme week on punk rock. Fortunately, the last band featured seems to be the best of the bunch, though that isn’t saying much.

X is a Los Angeles punk band that formed in the late 70s and released their debut album, fittingly titled Los Angeles, in 1980. They recorded regularly throughout the 80s before splitting late in the decade. They reunited a couple of times after that, releasing one more studio album in 1993.

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Song of the Day #2,964: ‘Let’s Lynch the Landlord’ – Dead Kennedys

dead_kennedys_fresh_fruitContinuing my tour of critically-acclaimed albums of 1980, I arrive at yet another punk rock band, though this one hails from America. Dead Kennedys released four full-length albums between 1980 and 1986 before disbanding. They reformed in 2001 minus lead singer Jello Biafra, but only to tour.

Biafra has repeatedly accused his bandmates of selling out, for everything from releasing a greatest hits album to licensing their music to a Levis commercial and a Robert Rodriguez movie.

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Song of the Day #2,963: ‘Hybrid’ – Siouxsie and the Banshees

siouxsie_banshees_kaleidoscopeLike Bauhaus, yesterday’s featured artist, Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English “post-punk” band. That doesn’t bode well for my enjoyment of their music.

Kaleidoscope, released in 1980, was the band’s third album and their most successful. They released eight more studio albums over the next 15 years and have continued to tour. It’s nice to see some of these bands still making a go of it 35 years later.

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Song of the Day #2,962: ‘In the Flat Field’ – Bauhaus

bauhaus_in_flat_fieldBauhaus is another band I’ve heard of but never heard. I assumed they were German, but they’re actually English. Described as a cross between punk and goth rock, they released their debut album in 1980, then three more albums over the following three years.

They reunited 25 years later to release an album that will likely be their last, as the group had a major falling out during its recording and agreed to disband.

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Song of the Day #2,961: ‘Rescue’ – Echo & the Bunnymen

echo_bunnymen_crocodilesI’m wading into less familiar territory this week as I continue to feature critically-acclaimed albums from 1980. I’ve heard of the next five bands but I can’t say I’ve heard anything by them.

English rock band Echo & the Bunnymen released their debut album, Crocodiles, in 1980, kicking off a career that’s still going 36 years later. A couple of the original band members died and the whole operation went on hiatus for a few years in the early 90s, but founding members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant released a new album just two years ago and continue to tour.

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