You know how sometimes you just have a bad day? Or a bad week? Or a bad… you get the picture. Well, darlings, 1981 seems to have been a bad year for music, as I looked back, I could only find a small handful of albums that I loved from that year.
Nevertheless, here are some snippets.
Elvis Costello – Trust
Apparently, this is some of his earliest songwriting, finally making its way to his fifth in a series of perfect albums. It would get a little spotty during the mid-eighties until he made a strong comeback in the ’90s.
I’m going to give you the opening track, Clubland, whose lyric “The long arm of the law slides up the outskirts of town…” always makes me feel inadequate as a writer.
Phil Collins – Face Value
Okay, okay… so, Phil Collins may have become something of Adult Contemporary, and I’m not saying I’m a Phil Collins fan, so get off my back. But this first solo album has the classic “In The Air Tonight” which I discovered, like everyone else, in that Miami Vice episode.
Plus, he does a halfway decent cover of Tomorrow Never Knows as the album’s closer.
David Byrne/Eno – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
One for the weird category. I love it — using found footage and sound samples to create audio collages — but not one for fans of simple pop music, for sure.
King Crimson – Discipline
THE RETURN OF KING CRIMSON!!!!!!!!! And what a line up — Bill Bruford back on drums, the incomparable Tony Levin on bass and Stick, Fripp, of course, and Adrian Belew — one of the most inventive guitarists of all time, whose work includes touring with Talking Heads, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa.
I’ve decided to share two tracks — one incredibly intense one – Frame by Frame – and then a beautiful, subdued one that’s almost a love song — Matte Kudasai.