Grace Jones – Living my life (The ’59) #151

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Grace Jones – Living my life (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982

Living My Life is the sixth studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1982. It was the last of three albums she recorded at the Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.

Orange Juice – Rip it up (The ’59) #150

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Orange Juice – Rip it up (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982

Rip It Up was the second album from Scottish post-punk band Orange Juice, released in 1982. The title track single made the UK top 10.

Madness – Complete Madness (The ’59) #148

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Madness – Complete Madness (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982.

Complete Madness is the first greatest hits album by ska/pop group Madness. It was released in 1982 and included Madness’ biggest hits from their first three studio albums and the stand-alone singles. Complete Madness spent 99 weeks on the UK charts peaking at number 1.

Led Zeppelin – Coda (The ’59) #147

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Led Zeppelin – Coda (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982.

Two years after the Led Zeppelin split came this memorial to the band, and to John Bonham in particular. Coda comprised out-takes recorded between 1968 and 1976 and was, as Jimmy Page admitted, ‘a contractural album’.

One track serves as Bonham’s epitaph, his showpiece ‘Bonzo’s Montreux’ recorded in 1976. “It’s like a drum orchestra” Page said, “…quite brilliant”.

There’s also a stinging hard rocker in ‘Wearing and Tearing’, the playful ‘Darlene’ and best of all, the thumping folk-influenced ‘Poor Tom’. The rest isn’t bad, but it’s not great.

By its very nature Coda is the weakest album in the Led Zep catalogue. Under the circumstances though, it was the best Jimmy Page could do.

Joe Jackson – Night & Day (The ’59) #146

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Joe Jackson – Night & Day (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982.

Night and Day was Joe Jackson’s fifth album, released in June 1982. It reached the Top 5 in both the UK and US and sold over one million copies, earning platinum disc status.

The main single release from the album – “Steppin’ Out” – earned Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. It reached No.6 on both the UK and the US charts. The follow-up single release – “Breaking Us in Two” -reached No.59 in the UK and No.18 across the pond.

In 2016 independent record label Intervention Records reissued Night and Day on 180-gram vinyl.

Michael Jackson – Thriller (The ’59) #145

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Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 24 – 1982.

The late Michael Jackson released his sixth album on November 30, 1982.

Then, in just over a year, Thriller became — and currently remains — the world’s best-selling album, with estimated sales of 66 million copies.

It won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year and produced seven singles — “The Girl Is Mine”, “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”, “Human Nature”, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, and “Thriller” — all of which reached the top 10.

Thriller also broke racial barriers in pop music, enabling Jackson’s appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools, and the videos for the songs “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, and “Beat It” all received regular rotation on MTV.

In 2001, a special edition reissue was released, which contains additional audio interviews, demo recordings and the song “Someone in the Dark”, a Grammy-winning track from the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial storybook. In 2008, it was reissued again as Thriller 25, containing remixes with contemporary artists, previously unreleased songs, and a DVD with three music videos and Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean” from the 1983 television special Motown 25.

In the same year, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Hard Promises (The ’59) #144

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hard Promises (1981)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 23 – 1981.

Hard Promises was the fourth album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released on May 5, 1981 on Backstreet Records

Japan – Tin Drum (The ’59) #143

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Japan – Tin Drum (1981)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 23 – 1981.

Tin Drum was the fifth and final studio album from Japan, released in November 1981 by Virgin. It peaked at No. 12 on the UK charts, and featured the top 5 single “Ghosts.” It has received acclaim as the band’s best work.

Men at Work – Business as usual (The ’59) #142

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Men at Work – Business as usual (1981)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 23 – 1981.

Business as Usual, the Men at Work debut, was released in November 1981 in Australia. It spent nine weeks at the top of the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart from December 1981 through to March 1982.

The album was one of the most successful albums internationally by an Australian group. It spent an unprecedented 15 weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 from late 1982 to early 1983; and five weeks at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart in early 1983.

The first single from the album, “Who Can It Be Now?”, was released in Australia in June 1981, prior to the recording of the rest of the album. It reached No. 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart in August that year. The second single, “Down Under”, which was issued in October peaked at No. 1 for six weeks. A third single, “Be Good Johnny”, appeared in April the following year and reached No. 8.

In February 2010 a Federal Court judge in Sydney found that the flute riff from “Down Under” had been plagiarised from the Australian song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree”, written in 1934 by Marion Sinclair. The Federal Court determined that the copyright was still current (Sinclair died in 1988) and had been assigned to Larrikin Music. The judge found that “a substantial amount of the original song” had been reproduced in “Down Under”. Larrikin Music had suggested 60% of the royalties would be appropriate compensation, but the court decreed they shall receive only 5%, and only on mechanical rights for the song since 2002, and on future profits.