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COMPELLED by a recent celebration/day of 1979-based music…
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across B.B.C. radio – it got me thinking about all the terrific music that emanated from that three-hundred-and-sixty-five days. I feel we all have that one year that stands in the mind as being exemplary and fine. As someone born in the 1980s; I was growing up in the ‘90s (I was born in 1983) and the terrific music that emerged then. I feel 1994 is the finest year for music – if you look at all the albums that came out then – but 1991 is also incredibly full and wonderful. I had forgotten about the range and variation of albums that was brought to the music world in 1979. In honour of that: I choose a track from the twenty-five best albums of the year.



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Talking Heads I Zimbra (Fear of Music, 3rd August)



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Joy Division Shadowplay (Unknown Pleasures, 15th June)



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Public Image Ltd. – Swan Lake (Metal Box, 23rd November)



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Elvis Costello and the AttractionsOliver’s Army (Armed Forces, 5th January)



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XTCMaking Plans for Nigel (Drums and Wires, 17th August)



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The JamThe Eton Riffles (Setting Sons, 16th November)




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Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersHere Comes My Girl (Damn the Torpedoes, 19th October)



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Fleetwood MacTusk (Tusk, 12th October)




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Gang of FourDamaged Goods (Entertainment!, 25th September)



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The ClashSpanish Bombs (London Calling, 14th December)



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The Specials –  A Message to You Rudy (The Specials, 19th October)



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Chic Good Times (Risqué, 30th July)



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Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) (The Wall, 30th November)



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Led ZeppelinIn the Evening (In Through the Out Door, 15th August)



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Donna SummerHot Stuff (Bad Girls, 25th April)



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The Undertones Here Comes the Summer (The Undertones, 13th May)



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The SlitsShoplifting (Cut, 7th September)



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The B-52’sRock Lobster  (The B-52’s, 6th July)



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BuzzcocksEver Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) (Singles Going Steady, 25th September)



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Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Off the Wall, 10th August)



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ABBAAs Good as New (Voulez-Vous, 23rd April)



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AC/DCHighway to Hell (Highway to Hell, 27th July)



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David BowieBoys Keep Swinging (Lodger, 18th May)



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Neil Young & Crazy HorseHey Hey, My My (Into the Black) (Rust Never Sleeps, 27th August)



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Earth, Wind & Fire Boogie Wonderland (I Am, 9th June)



Standout Album:

Talking HeadsFear of Music


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