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1980: Landmark Albums Turn 35

Looking back on the year of 1980 and shying away from those political and social events that would separate and divide, we have turned our attention to revisiting some of the albums released throughout that year. These albums celebrate their 35th year of release and for most of the bands where career defining releases.

by Mark Allen – Senior Columnist — How do you know an album is a classic? When it still sounds as good thirty-five years after its release as it did the day it hit the streets. And make no mistake, Back in Black is a badass, bona fide classic. You can be nitpicky and point out that the [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — It’s quite possible that 1980 was the single most important and influential year in heavy metal. AC/DC released their comeback Back in Black, Judas Priest unleashed their defining British Steel album and Ozzy Osbourne had his smash hit solo debut [...]
by Derric Miller – Managing Editor — Before we all got aural diabetes from hearing schlock like “Make Love Like a Man,” “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” or “Long Long Way to Go,” Def Leppard used to be a balls out Hard Rock band that changed the face of the music [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — The album opens on an upbeat note: We’re gonna live out the Hollywood dream All through the Eighties Everything’s gonna be just what it seems All through the Eighties Gonna find a better way to run our cars All through the Eighties And our feet [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Legendary hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker’s notoriety begins with the Scorpions before taking over as the axeslinger for UFO. In 1972, at the age of 16, Schenker recorded the studio album Lonesome Crow, alongside his brother, Rudolph, with the [...]
by Matt Karpe – Senior Columnist — The word influential gets thrown around a lot these days, but when you listen to your favorite bands from the last couple of decades, you can’t help but wonder, who influenced them- who gave them the motivation to pick up a microphone, guitar, bass [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — Given the perspective of the last 36 years, Whitesnake is perhaps one of the most fascinating bands to look at from many different points of view. Even though the personal changes within the band’s line-up were more than frequent, the [...]