Song of the Day #2,584: ‘Heat of the Moment’ – Asia

asiaWhile New Wave was the defining sound of the early 80s, the #1 album of 1982 was the self-titled debut by prog-rock band Asia. Asia spent more than two months at the top of the U.S. album chart.

The band was created by former members of Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer and their debut album outsold anything any of those other bands ever produced.

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Song of the Day #2,583: ‘I.G.Y.’ – Donald Fagen

donald_fagen_nightflyI own Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly, another critically-acclaimed 1982 album, but I can’t say I’ve ever listened to it in full.

I digitally borrowed this record from frequent commenter Dana, who counts it among his favorites. I expect we’ll get an illuminating treatise on the album from him sometime Thursday morning.

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Song of the Day #2,582: ‘The Look of Love (Pt. 1)’ – ABC

abc_lexicon_of_loveABC isn’t one of the better-known New Wave bands (at least not to me) but they are one of the most critically-acclaimed. Their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, received heaps of praise and a spot on many publications’ year-end lists.

‘The Look of Love’ was the album’s biggest hit, reaching the top five in the U.K. and the top 20 in the U.S. Though I’m hard-pressed to name any songs by ABC, this one sounds instantly familiar. And wonderful.

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Song of the Day #2,581: ‘Leave in Silence’ – Depeche Mode

depeche_mode_broken_frameI think of Depeche Mode as a quintessential 80s band. But oddly enough, it took them the whole decade to arrive at their pinnacle achievement, 1990’s Violator. That record featured two of their biggest hits, ‘Personal Jesus’ and ‘Enjoy the Silence.’ And they released as many albums after Violator as they did before it.

The band spent the 80s tweaking their New Wave sound, which met with more commercial success in their native England than on this side of the pond.

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Song of the Day #2,580: ‘I Have the Touch’ – Peter Gabriel

peter_gabriel_securityContinuing my look at acclaimed albums released in 1982, we arrive at Peter Gabriel’s self-titled fourth solo album. Not to be confused with his self-titled first, second and third solo albums.

Gabriel is an imaginative fellow, but that imagination didn’t extend to his album titles. Those first four albums, all officially titled Peter Gabriel, have come to be known by a word derived from the album covers: Car, Scratch, Melt and Security.

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