Fine Young Cannibals – The raw and the cooked (The ’59) #189

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Fine Young Cannibals – The raw and the cooked (1989)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 31 – 1989.

Fine Young Cannibals were only together long enough for two albums. This was the second, released in 1989. The album’s title was lifted from the book of the same name “Le Cru et le Cuit” by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Four songs from the album first appeared in film soundtracks in the mid-1980s, three of which were soul tracks from the ‘Tin Men’ film. The band had already recorded over half of the album by the time David Z came to produce the remainder.

A number of single releases came from it, including “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”.

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David Bowie – Let’s Dance (The ’59) #157

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David Bowie – Let’s Dance (1983)

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 25 – 1983

Let’s Dance is the 15th studio album by David Bowie. It was originally released in April 1983, three years after his previous album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Co-produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, the album contains three of his most successful singles; the title track, “Let’s Dance”, which reached No. 1 in the UK, US and various other countries, as well as “Modern Love” and “China Girl”, which both reached No. 2 in the UK.

“China Girl” was a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the latter’s 1977 album The Idiot. It also contains a re-recorded version of the song “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”, which had reached number one in New Zealand, Norway and Sweden a year earlier.

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.

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.

Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart (Epic #330)

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Tanita Tikaram – Ancient Heart (1988)

Tanita Tikaram was just 19 when she released her debut studio album ‘Ancient Heart’ on Warner Music in September 1988. The album had huge success and was a hit globally, launching Tanita’s mainstream career. Guest musicians included Rod Argent, Mark Isham, Peter Van Hooke, Paul Brady, and Brendan Croker. Argent and Van Hooke produced the album. The record included four singles – Good Tradition, Cathedral Song, World outside your window and Twist in my sobriety.

Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (Epic 2017 #305)

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Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (1989)

Velveteen is the second album from Transvision Vamp. Released in 1989, a year after their debut album Pop Art, the album provided such hits as “Baby I Don’t Care” which reached number 3 in the UK and Australia. Velveteen went on to peak at number 1 on the UK album charts in 1989 and number 2 in Australia where it became the 39th highest selling album of the year (Pop Art was number 25).

Sade – Diamond Life (Epic #279)

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Sade = Diamond Life (1984)

Diamond Life was Sade Adu’s (better known by just her Christian name) debut studio album, released in the UK on 16 July 1984 by Epic Records.

After studying fashion design, and later modelling, Sade Adu began backup singing with British band Pride. During this time Adu and three of the original members of “Pride” – Paul Anthony Cook, Paul Denman and Stuart Matthewman – left the group to form their own band called Sade. Following various demos and performances, Sade received interest from record labels and later signed to Epic.

Recording for the album began in 1983 at The Power Plant in London and took a total of six weeks to complete. The album’s content was written by the group Sade whilst the production was handled by Robin Millar. A total of fifteen songs were recorded for the album with the use of live instruments that used sonically experimental material. The album contained a variety of musical elements including soul, jazz and sophisti-pop, with lyrics revolving mainly around themes of love.

Upon release, Diamond Life was met with acclaim from music critics and went on to win the Brit Award for Best British Album in 1985. Commercially the album was a success charting highly in the UK and US, and was later certified multi platinum in both regions. Diamond Life went on to sell over six million copies worldwide, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the ’80s and the best-selling debut by a British female vocalist, until Welsh singer Duffy released her debut studio album, Rockferry in 2008. The album spawned four singles including the hit singles “Your Love Is King” and “Smooth Operator”.