Top 5 – 80s

April 17, 2008

Suffering from a case of bloggers block, I was grateful relieved ashamed to have responded immediately to Heather Ross’ tag on the “Top 5 of the Eighties” music meme originating with Rob Wall.

What does this have to do with learning? Well, as a young adult in the 80s, my memory was fuzzy so, of course, I turned to the Web for “performance support.” A little jog of the memory was just the ticket. (It would’ve been more fun though to have tried to remember which inevitably would have led to reminiscing about the 1983 club show by Twisted Sister that briefly made me fear for my own safety).

Perhaps an explanation. I’ve listed albums from the 80s that I think were influential to my favorite genre – heavy metal. I’ve purposely avoided listing any glam metal bands because, let’s face it people, metal it ain’t. Although fans of black metal probably don’t think my bands are metal either.

These are not necessarily all I listened to (thank goodness because my neck would be like, huge with all that head banging).

Motörhead – Ace of Spades (1980) – you can tell it’s a metal band by the umlaut

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast (1982)

Twisted Sister – Under the Blade (1982) (before the pop/glam shenanigans…I’m not “gonna take it”)

Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? (1986). See VH1s behind the music on this one.

Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986). Several Metallica albums could be listed here. Also a good behind the music watch.

A quick check of my iPod playlist today, tells me others that stuck were…Judas Priest, Rush (not really metal), Accept, Guns ‘n Roses (bordering pop), Kiss (not really this genre except maybe Ace’s solos live), Scorpions and, of course, songs by those listed above.

I’m going to break the rules and not tag but welcome you to tag yourself and link back.

(As an aside…my daughter saw albums when we were moving, asked me how I listened to them then wondered – seriously – how I carried my ‘record player’ around outside. Geesh. Kids. This is why we spent so much time in the basement).

  • http://www.mctoonish.com/blog Heather Ross

    Yikes. I’m wondering if you were laughing at my selections and horrified.

    I have to admit that it’s hard to picture a Senior Researcher of anything being a head banger.

  • http://www.mctoonish.com/blog Heather Ross

    Yikes. I’m wondering if you were laughing at my selections and horrified.

    I have to admit that it’s hard to picture a Senior Researcher of anything being a head banger.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Hi Heather – perhaps you can see the researcher in the head banger by the choice not to just go with albums but albums within a genre. Given another day I would have gone to songs from particular albums within a sub-genre or b-sides from hit songs from particular albums within a sub-genre that were only released in June of each year. I probably could have worked out some type of correlation study.

    I am not horrified or laughing at your selections. I remember seeing the then ‘unknown’ Def Leppard at the (get this) Heavy Metal Marathon in the late 70s. They played with Judas Priest, the Scorpions, and Mötley Crüe (not the umlauts). Tina Turner…love her. Phil Collins…I like to play him or Dave Matthews at a party with a mixed crowd. Michael Jackson – very influential and all of us can dance Thriller (at least a little). Duran Duran, well what can I say. I did have a crush on Nick. Must’ve been the lips.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    Hi Heather – perhaps you can see the researcher in the head banger by the choice not to just go with albums but albums within a genre. Given another day I would have gone to songs from particular albums within a sub-genre or b-sides from hit songs from particular albums within a sub-genre that were only released in June of each year. I probably could have worked out some type of correlation study.

    I am not horrified or laughing at your selections. I remember seeing the then ‘unknown’ Def Leppard at the (get this) Heavy Metal Marathon in the late 70s. They played with Judas Priest, the Scorpions, and Mötley Crüe (not the umlauts). Tina Turner…love her. Phil Collins…I like to play him or Dave Matthews at a party with a mixed crowd. Michael Jackson – very influential and all of us can dance Thriller (at least a little). Duran Duran, well what can I say. I did have a crush on Nick. Must’ve been the lips.

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com/ Dave Ferguson

    I’m not seeing Arlo in this mix…

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com Dave Ferguson

    I’m not seeing Arlo in this mix…

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