Top Albums of the 1980s, Package #8
By Mark Abraham& Dom Sinacola · Oct 04, 2012
In This Life
(ReR Megacorp; 1989)
Give this sticker to a merkin maker, a beard grower. Someone who excels at the bait and switch; someone who presents things as they actually are, locking eyes and jaws and elbows.
(Jah Life; 1984)
Give this sticker to an analyst, a historian. Someone who will work backwards from the evidence; some who organizes things for maximum impact; someone who speaks into an ongoing discussion, verb by shattered verb.
King's Record Shop
Give this sticker to a copy-editor, a disc jockey. Someone who reverses punctuation; someone who likes things loose and expressive while maintaining clarity; someone who dries herbs with a simple breath.
War, Famine, Death, Pestilence, and Miss Timberlake
Give this sticker to a skeet shooter, an animal photographer. Someone who will wade through the chafe for a moment of transcendence, lurking, a coming landslide.
Something Out There
(No Man's Land; 1987)
Give this sticker to a pharmacologist, a fry cook. Someone that likes seeing things simmer; someone who can handle complex syllables; someone who chews off their own fingernails.
Give this sticker to trigonometry. Like, the math. Or just someone who likes trigonometric functions, of which this is one of the finest.
(Initial Recording Company; 1983)
Give this sticker to a tunnel carver, a brewer. Someone who doesn’t mind dank spaces; someone who thrives on echos; someone: a spark, a drift, a small bead of water.
(Rough Trade; 1989)
Give this sticker to a lover of shoelaces, a tour guide, a tiny forest animal tracker. Someone who lives via their feet; someone whose greatest fear is frostbite. The earth trembles in erotic glee beneath this someone.
Paid in Full
(4th & Broadway; 1987)
Give this sticker to a humble bragger, a funk drummer. Someone who can recognize a thing, and what that thing is when that thing is done well; someone who eats hot peppers whole, churning, collating, a kaleidoscope.
I Am Cold
Give this sticker to a mermaid, a gospel preacher. Someone who lives for the elegiac, the epic; someone who casts stones to see them float; someone who lingers in presence long after the corporeal form has left, stalking.