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Name the best debut albums of the '80s



violent_femmes.jpgWhat do Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off and Add It Up have in common? They're just three songs on one of the best debut albums released in the '80s -- the 1983 debut disc by the Violent Femmes.

I doubt there's a Stuck in the '80s fan out there who can't sing along, word for word, to just about any tune on that album. But is Violent Femmes the very best debut album by an '80s act? List time again!

Here's the goal: Name the best debut albums by bands that were huge in the '80s. So there's the loophole: The record doesn't have to be released in the '80s. That makes The Cars eligible for their 1978 self-titled debut. If you want to argue that AC/DC belongs in there for 1975's High Voltage (they don't), feel free.

I'll compile these into a top 20 list (at the very least) and we'll honor them in podcast form. In the meantime, here are three that would be on my personal list.

DEVO (Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!): I'm not the biggest Devo fan out there, but I know a classic when I hear it. This 1978 album has (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and Jocko Homo AND it's on every respectable music critic's list of the greatest albums of all-time.

BEASTIE BOYS (Licensed To Ill): Nine million owners of this 1986 album can't be wrong. From the overplayed Fight For Your Right to the never-gets-old No Sleep Til Brooklyn, this album hasn't faded with time.

ABC (Lexicon of Love): Produced by Trevor Horn, this was destined to be genius work. And it's a concept album. As a debut! If you just want the hits, enjoy Look of Love, Poison Arrow and All of My Heart.

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