October 21, 2020

1980-02-14 – Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter

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Rock ‘n’ roll to remain alive, well during 80s

By Bob Patterson

The dawn o! the 1980: in
music couldn't be more signif-
Icant.

There's no way a strict top
10 list can show how fruitful
1979 was musically. For
example, a number of worthy
artists released not one but
two albums of merit in 1979.
In fact. the two forces who
contributed the most did just
that.

“Artist(s) of the Year" acco-
lades are justlyvdue to Neil
Young and The ho both sur-
viving and thriving despite
the tension and adversity that
color: their lives and music
Both have been with us since
the '60:. but are in no way
merely leftovers or remnants.
Their promise for the 805
seems boundless.

Though the Who's The Kids
Are Alright and Quadrop henia
both reiterate music familiar
to their followers already.
there's no better wa one
could summarize a who e dec-
ade and longer of that mar-
velous band. The films from
which those albums came are
most impressive. and their
reemergence as a live band
proved their stature as one of
rock’s finest band of talents
ever

With Rust Never Sleep 3 and
Live Rust Neil Youngp both
broke new ground and solidi-
fied his heritage with his first
live album (one of the few live
sets worth owning). From his
still-vibrant folk roots to a
sympathetic embracing of
new wave, Young points the
way into a new decade.

Three acts prove them-
selves also ready for the '805
with two lps in the meritori-
ous category though almost
unknown a year ago: The
Boomtown Rats with A Tonic
For the Troops and The Fine
Art of Surfacing. The Police's
Outlandos d'Amour and
Regatta de Blane and Joe
Jackson with Look Sharp and
l' m The Man

And of course. the dynamic
duo of rock alter egos -— Dave

Edmunds and Nick Lowe —
score once again with Dave's
Rep eat When Necessarv
(album title of the year) and
Nick's Labour of Lust. Their
band. Rockpile, is a close
runner-up behind the Who and
Young and Crazy Horse for
band of the year.

England proves itself a
most prolific nation with
albums like Squeezing Out
Sparks by Graham Parkers
and the Rumour, Stateless by
US. expatriate Lene Lovich.
Cool For Cats by Squeeze. The
Records. The Sinceros' The
Sound 0! Sunbathing, and
Strange Man, Changed Man
by Bram Tchaikovsky.

Single of the year honors

oea to Ian Dury and the
iockheads tor "Reasons to be
Cheerful pt 3 "

America can hold its own
just on the merits of such a
linelp as Talking Heads'Fear
0! Music but in addition such
records as Phonetics by Jules
and the Polar Bears. The
Beat John Hiatt's Slug Line.
and Present Tense {bf Shoes
all shone brightly hs year
Not to mention Rachel
Sweet's Fool Around. or all
that The Roches did to elevate
the recently sorry state of
neo-folk music.

If you've noticed an amaz-
ing amount of new bands here.
that doesn't mean l'm ignor-
ing such important contribu-
tions by veterans such as The
Kinks' Low Budget. Into The
Music from Van Morrison,
and Ry Cooder with his Bop

step-sister Carlene Carter’s
Two Sides to Every Woman
both pointing out their own
line new directions (marriage

0! the year honors go to Car
lene and Nick Lowe). while
Johnny Cashs Silver brings
his considerable talent back to
lig ht. What Goes Arouna
Comes Around is the best
from Waylong Jenniws in a
coon's age, but Hank illiams
Jr. takes country artist of the
year title with Whiske Bent
and Hell Bound and amily
Tradition (there seems to be a
magic in having two albums
out this year).

As for the future. the most
Eromising trend must be

n land' 5 mod- -reggae fusion
as exemp lified by Madness
and The pSpecials. though it
among the alorementIoned

you don' t find a lot of promis-
ing trends and sounds for the

‘803 you“ re deal.

So now after diapensmg
with 1979 by awarding 37 lm
the title of y‘ears best,"
turn ri ht around to list the IO
best 0 the '703. since to do
otherwise would take me a
book. Besides. '79 was the best
year of the decade anyway.

My top 10 of the decade are,
(al phabetically. by artist):
1) The Allman Brothers Live
At Fillmore East (1971): The
exemplars of Southern blues-
rock at their finest moment.
before tragically losing Duane
Allman and .Berry Oakley in
the band' 8 prime

2) Elvis Costello —— My Aim
Is True. (1978): One could
argue for This Year's Model.
but Costello's debut set the
music world on its ear. for
which I thank him.

(1973): A concept which
coheres and the zenith for
this band and California coun-
try-rock.

4)-Don McLean ~ Ameri-
can Pie (197i): McLean is an
overlooked American musical
genius, but he wasn‘t missed
on this one, which includes
what must be the song of the
‘70s

5) Gram Parsons k GP
(1973): A woefully obscure lp
by the artist who put straight
country and a rock sensibility
together as if the two were

never far apart. Were It not
for his untimely death. Par-
sons may have dominated the
country~rock trend of the
decade

6) Rolling Stones —~ Let It
Bleed (1971): Most critics pre‘
fer Exile On Main Street,
though I feel this one album

3) The Eagles — Desperado hangs together more tightly.

THE WHO: John Entwistle, Kenney .iones, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Their
reemergence as a live band proved their stature as one of roelI' s finest band of talents ever.

' Till You Drop.

In the rhythm and blues
field we have another double
whammy - Angela Bofill
with Angie and Angel of the
Night. though r&b artist of the
year must be Michael Jackson
with his wonderful 0!! The
Wall.

In country music, the kudos
are swept up by the Cash-
Carter axis with Rosanne
Cash‘s Rinhr or Wrong and

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7) Steely Dan — Pretzel
Logic (1974): Any or all of
Steely Dan's albums could
occup ythis spot so great and
of high quality their musical

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has been. I choose this one as
it stands at the crux between
their more rock (early) and
jazzier (later) periods.

8) Various Artists - The
Harder They Come (1972): On
this album one not only got a
hearty introduction to the
pleasures of reggae but the

o'rms top artists In some of
their peak performances.

9) The Who — Quadro-
phem'a (original album - 1973):
Another concept that really
works. as witnessed by the
film six years later. Misun-
derstood and overlooked when
It was released. it was always
my favorite work of theirs.

10) Neil Young — Alter The
Goldrush (1970): Out of the
'605 and into the '705: out of
the blue and into the black,
Neil Youn set a standard
with this a bum he continues
to achieve.

Close contenders include
Layla by Derek and the Domi-
noes. The Kinks' Lola: Rod
Stewart's magical Gasoline

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After the sensational
return to the screen of
JAWS...what could be

more terrifying than

Alley. Bruce Springsteen' 3
second and third albums The
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Street Shuffle and Born to
Run. Stevie Wonder's lnnervl-

sions, TalkI'n Book and
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son's Moondance; Willie

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and Stardust. and the cult
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It's been quite a year and
decade, but one thing remains
true (to quote Neil Young)
”Rock n‘ qroll will never die

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