1980 and 1981 playlists

I’m making a tradition out of the-year-in-music threads to end every year I cover over on my Twitter. I figure I might as well do something to make those a little less susceptible to dead links! So here’s links to the YouTube playlists of the first two, as well as tracklistings:

1980

  1. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – 1980
  2. Brother D With The Collective Effort – How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?
  3. Funky 4 + 1 – That’s The Joint
  4. Afrika Bambaataa – Zulu Nation Throwdown (Cosmic Force)
  5. Radiance ft. RC – The Micstro
  6. DJ Hollywood – Shock Shock The House
  7. Diana Ross – Upside Down
  8. La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover
  9. Tantra – Mother Africa
  10. African Suite – Vibes
  11. Aleke Kanonu – Mother’s Day
  12. The Fatback Band – Backstrokin’
  13. David Bowie – Fashion
  14. YMO – Tighten Up [on Soul Train]
  15. Talking Heads – Born Under Punches [Live, from Name Of This Band Is]
  16. Defunkt – Make Them Dance
  17. Boots For Dancing – The Pleasure Chant
  18. Material – Discourse
  19. Occult Chemistry – Fire
  20. Polyrock – Romantic Me
  21. Colin Newman – Life On Deck
  22. Colin Potter – Murder By Furniture
  23. Pink Section – Wine World
  24. The Tapes – Into Action
  25. The DBs – Black And White
  26. The Go-Gos – We Got The Beat [original version]
  27. Witchfynde – Tetelestai
  28. The Fall – How I Wrote Elastic Man
  29. The Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died
  30. MX-80 Sound – Fender Bender
  31. Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
  32. The Sound – Resistance
  33. Swell Maps – Helicopter Spies
  34. This Heat – Health & Efficency
  35. The Feelies – Forces At Work
  36. Glenn Branca – Lesson No. 1
  37. Bernard Szajner – Welcome (To Death Row)
  38. Jean-Luc Ponty – In Case We Survive
  39. Silent Types – Upset
  40. Shox – No Turning Back
  41. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Differencia
  42. Devo – Freedom Of Choice
  43. Wall Of Voodoo – The Passenger
  44. John Foxx – Underpass
  45. The Units – I-Night
  46. Chrome – Electric Chair
  47. Anne Cessna & Essendon Airport – Lost In Madagascar
  48. The Higher Primates – Living In A Vacuum
  49. Negativland – Track 10
  50. The Residents – Die In Terror
  51. BGM – And 1980

1981

  1. New Muzik – See How They Run
  2. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  3. Kim Wilde – Kids In America
  4. Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
  5. Djavan – Pedro Brasil
  6. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That
  7. Kuruki – Crocodile Tears
  8. Arnold Lane – Book Of Sand
  9. Rexy – Alien
  10. Devo – Going Under
  11. Junior – Mama Used To Say
  12. Ingrid Mansfield-Allman – Stop Wasting Your Time
  13. Imagination – Flashback
  14. All Day, All Night – Hi-Gloss
  15. Inner Life – Make It Last Forever
  16. Tracy Weber – Sure Shot (Larry Levan Mix)
  17. Sunbelt – Spin It
  18. Patrick Cowley – Menergy
  19. Chaz Jankel – 3,000,000 Synths
  20. Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – Sato Sato
  21. Crash Course In Science – No More Hollow Doors
  22. Grauzone – Film 2
  23. Voice Farm – Sleep
  24. David Byrne – My Big Hands (Fall Through The Cracks)
  25. Japan – The Art Of Parties [Single Version]
  26. Savant – Stationary Dance
  27. African Head Charge – Elastic Dance
  28. Paul Haig – Mad Horses
  29. Ike Yard – Night After Night
  30. Comsat Angels – Light Years
  31. Clock DVA – North Loop
  32. Tuxedomoon – Holiday For Plywood
  33. Art Bears – The Song Of The Martyrs
  34. Agentss – Agentes
  35. Warum Joe – El Condor
  36. Charles De Goal – Dans Le Labyrinth
  37. Yello – The Lorry
  38. Wall Of Voodoo – Back In Flesh
  39. Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark – The New Stone Age
  40. ESG – UFO
  41. Dancing Cigarettes – Burn In Heaven
  42. Die Hausfrauen – Bellevue Affair
  43. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Sin In My Heart
  44. Duran Duran – Night Boat
  45. Modern English – A Viable Commercial
  46. Slugfuckers – Skizo Disko
  47. ABKK – Ronny
  48. Rudimentary Peni – Hearse
  49. Discharge – Visions Of War
  50. The Ex – War Is Over (Weapons For El Salvador)
  51. The Gun Club – She’s Like Heroin To Me
  52. The Fall – Slates, Slags, Etc.
  53. Massacre – Legs
  54. Really Red – Entertainment
  55. The Clean – Point That Thing Somewhere Else
  56. The Method Actors – Do The Method
  57. Josef K – Endless Soul
  58. Wipers – Taking Too Long
  59. Prod – A Brick Short
  60. Colored Music – Love Hallucination
  61. David Borden – The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Pt. 6
  62. Julius Eastman – Evil N_____
  63. Anthony Davis – Wayang No. II (Shadowdance)
  64. Marvin “Hannibal” Peterson – The Angels Of Atlanta
  65. E.W Wainwright, Jr – The Healer/Don’t Break
  66. David Thomas & The Pedestrians – The Crickets In The Flats
  67. Kip Hanrahan – Whatever I Want
  68. James Blood Ulmer – Pleasure Control
  69. Medium Medium – So Hungry, So Angry
  70. Pierre Moerlen’s Gong – It’s About Time
  71. Rick James – Give It To Me Baby
  72. J Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz – Shoot The Pump
  73. Busy Bee Starski Vs. Busy Bee Starski At Harlem World
  74. Grandmaster Flash – The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
  75. Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In A Room

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