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My favorite music: 1983

My favorite music: 1983

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If there's one thing the internet lacks, it's pointless music lists. So to fill that void, here's a sampling of my favorite albums from some random year. Let's say, 1983. (Spotify users, check out the accompanying playlist and subscribe!) Robert Plant, The Principle of Moments -- While I would in no way claim that Robert Plant's solo output bests Led Zeppelin's music, a lot of times I simply prefer to listen to Plant. In fact I'd say that Plant has enjoyed one of the most artistically rewarding solo careers of any artist who was part of a popular band that I can think of. The Principle of Moments is probably my favorite Plant solo effort (next to Fate of Nations) -- he sounds freed from the constraints of creating larger-than-life rock and the music just crackles with energy. "In the...
Listening Booth – XTC, “Making Plans for Nigel”

Listening Booth – XTC, “Making Plans for Nigel”

Listening Booth, Music
If any song is the epitome of New Wave it's XTC's brilliant "Making Plans for Nigel", from 1979's Drums and Wires.  Bassist Colin Moulding delivers this piece of musical bliss, rather than driving force Andy Partridge (seen with the striped guitar).  It should be pretty obvious that this is not a "live" performance, but that was standard for ToTP.  It's better than a still image. Here's XTC on the legendary musical showcase Top of the Pops, miming "Making Plans for Nigel":