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.

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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.