A closer look at FACT’s 100 best albums of the 1980s.

Yesterday we debuted the first of five mixes to accompany FACT’s 100 best albums of the 1980s feature. With the list being so sprawling, and we admit, quite willfully obscure, we felt it was only right to justify our choices with some good solid audio evidence. Each day this week we will be uploading a new mix pieced together by members of the FACT team.

Today’s mix focuses on albums 80-61, and was selected by Chris Kelly then blended by John Twells. We don’t know about you, but until hearing this we had no idea that Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ and Ministry’s ‘Land of Rape and Honey’ were such good bedfellows. Remember you can click on the track names below to read more information on the release it came from.

01 Inner City – Good Life
02 Ministry – Land of Rape and Honey
03 Tackhead – What’s My Mission Now
04 West Street Mob – Break Dancin’ Electric Boogie
05 Public Enemy – Don’t Believe the Hype
06 Geto Boys – Mind of a Lunatic
07 Ramleh – Product of Fear
08 Jandek – Can I See Your Clock
09 Fabio Frizzi – Apoteosi Del Mistero
10 David Sylvian – Orpheus
11 Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian – Forbidden Colours
12 The Monochrome Set – The Puerto Rican Fence Climber
13 Antena – Noelle A Hawai
14 Suicide – Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne
15 Colin Newman – 2 Sixes
16 Bongwater – We Did It Again
17 Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
18 Polyrock – Your Dragging Feet
19 Zazou, Bikaye & Cy1 – Mangungu
20 Scientist – Dance of the Vampires



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