It Was 30 Years Ago This Year! 1982, A Year of Days! Part Two!
Here at List of Whenever It So Happens, I've decided to condense this 17-part lookback into 1982 into just two parts. So, this list obviously must pack some punch and make up for the fact that the other 15 parts have been condensed. This list is a little heavier on the popular stuff of the era. But that doesn't mean it lacks any in its wit and wisdom. If my comments don't immediately change your life forever, be sure to contact your mom and ask for your money back. Obviously, you've been ripped off by life. Trust me, it won't be the only time.
So, let's rub our hands together and completely revise the past and make it better than it was the first time around!
25) Neil Young -- Trans: Neil Young's finest album features sensational vocoder vocals on a majority of the tracks and some much needed synth work. Having finally shed the limits of folk music and electric gee-tar, Young points to the future with style and elan. Lots of elan.
24) Led Zeppelin -- Coda: A fine, fine acid rock band from the 1970s, the Led Zeppelin broke up when their drummer died. With just a few more outtakes sitting around than the Doors, Zep put together this lovely collection that is, perhaps, best loved for "Bonzo's Montreux," a drum piece that illustrates just how nicely Mr. John Bonham played his drums.
23) Lionel Richie -- Lionel Richie: While hardcore punk and thrash metal were beginning their rise in the 1980s, so was R&B singer Lionel Richie, who had left his Commodores in the dust with a solo career that would excite the masses with its hearty love songs and its mellow touch. This may have not much excited the young people, but it worked like a good stiff drink for parents everywhere, who were, quite frankly, tired of their children harshing their mellow with their silly problems and attitudes. Children, behave!
22) Jim Carroll -- Dry Dreams: As a singer, Jim Carroll was a good lyricist. But what he lacked in vocal range, he made up for in technique and by employing a very good and efficient backing group. While Carroll is mostly known for "People Who Died," this album does not suffer for missing this particular track. In fact, it's less distracting to the album as a cohesive statement to not have any hits. Tell that to the marketing department!