80 albums for '80s fans: Which of these acts gets the boot?
We're still compiling our list of the 80s albums that every '80s fan should own. It's a grueling job cutting down the hundreds of suggested albums into just 80 final picks.
Biggest problem: Some artists we really love may not get a single album on the list while others will get more than one. (U2 and Prince already have two each on my preliminary list.)
So I turn to you -- loyal '80s nation -- for help. Here are some of the artists that may not make the cut. Let me know which of them you'd save (and which album you'd pick from them) and which names we should just lose:
OINGO BOINGO: Tough to cut what was once my favorite band. But which album saves them? Dead Man's Party? Only a Lad?
SIMPLE MINDS: I loved Once Upon a Time. But is it even their best album?
TOM PETTY: Very few votes received for poor ole Tom. An oversight?
CULTURE CLUB: Boy George has trashed his reputation in the last decade. But are we holding that unfairly against him?
BRYAN ADAMS: Oh, Bryan, if you'd just talked to Stuck in the '80s, I'm betting your Reckless album would already be on the list.
DAVID BOWIE: As influential as they come, but I'm thinking we'll need a '70s album from him (which is allowable for this particular list) to assure his place here.
NEW ORDER: Oh, they'll make the list. But which album: Low-Life? Power, Corruption & Lies? Movement?
THE SMITHS: Again, they will make the list. But there's no consensus on which album to pick.
HOWARD JONES: So happy and hirsute back in the day. Where's the love today though?
NIGHT RANGER: I'd hate to see Jack Blades & Co. left off. But which album saves them?
Also on the cutting block unless someone speaks up for them: The Cult, Rick Springfield, Ministry, Suzanne Vega, Wham!, ZZ Top, Iron Maiden, Triumph, The Outfield, Thomas Dolby, Huey Lewis & The News, Icehouse, Kate Bush, Husker Du, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Pete Townshend, The B-52's, Lou Reed, Siouxsie & The Banshees.