The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me (The ’59) #179

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The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me (1987)

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 29 – 1987

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me was the seventh studio album from The Cure, released in May 1987.

It helped put the band into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40.

It was also a big international success, reaching the Top 10 in six other countries including the UK.

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Eurythmics – Revenge (The ’59) #174

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Eurythmics – Revenge (1986)

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 28 – 1986.

Revenge was the sixth album from the Eurythmics, released in 1986.

Following on from their previous album, “Be Yourself Tonight”, Revenge delved deeper into an embraced rock n roll style and includes several hit singles, including ‘Missionary Man’. The album’s release was followed by an extensive world tour.

On 14 November 2005, SonyBMG repackaged and released Eurythmics’ back catalogue as “2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues.” Each of their eight studio albums’ original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes.

The bonus track “Revenge 2” is a radically different remake of “Revenge”, the closing track of the duo’s 1981 debut album “In the Garden”. A line from the song (“She said revenge can be so sweet”) is also heard at the end of “A Little of You”

Talking Heads – Little Creatures (The ’59) #169

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Talking Heads – Little Creatures (1985)

Today – 18 June, 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 27 – 1985.

Little Creatures was the sixth studio album from Talking Heads, released in June 1985. It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and is the band’s biggest-selling studio album.

The cover art is by Howard Finster, and was selected as album cover of the year by Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2005, Little Creatues was remastered and re-released by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format, with three bonus tracks on the CD side (early versions of “Road To Nowhere” and “And She Was” and an extended mix of “Television Man”). The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and the videos of “And She Was” and “Road to Nowhere.” In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads.

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (The ’59) #166

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)

Psychocandy is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released in November 1985 on Blanco y Negro Records.

A landmark recording, its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures proved influential on the forthcoming shoegazing genre and alternative rock in general.

After quitting their jobs in 1980, brothers Jim and William Reid formed The Jesus and Mary Chain with bass player Douglas Hart. Taking inspiration from German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, girl group the Shangri-Las and The Velvet Underground & Nico, they bought a Tascam Portastudio in 1983 when their father lost his job in a local factory and gave the brothers £300 from his redundancy money.

Tascam Portastudios were four-track analogue mixing desks with a cassette recorder built in. Both standard jack and XLR inputs were provided allowing you to record straight to tape via a small studio monitor.

The band recorded a demo tape containing the songs “Upside Down” and “Never Understand” which was heard by Glaswegian musician Bobby Gillespie, who in turn passed it on to his friend Alan McGee of Creation Records. McGee was impressed with the tape and invited the band to play at a Creation Records showcase event in London, becoming the band’s manager shortly afterward.

Psychocandy was recorded in six weeks during March and April 1985 and totalled £17,000 in recording and production costs.

The Police – Synchronicity (The ’59) #155

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The Police – Synchronicity (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.

Synchronicity was the fifth and final studio album from the Police, released in the UK on 17 June 1983. The band’s most successful release, it includes the hit singles “Every Breath You Take”, “King of Pain”, “Wrapped Around Your Finger”, “Walking in your footsteps” and “Synchronicity II”. The title and much of the material for the songs were inspired by Arthur Koestler’s ‘The Roots of Coincidence’.

It reached number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the U.S. Billboard 200, and was was widely acclaimed by critics. Rolling Stone described “each cut on Synchronicity [as] not simply a song but a miniature, discrete soundtrack.” It has since been included on their lists of the “100 Best Albums of the Eighties” and the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Elvis Costello – Punch the clock (The ’59) #153

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Elvis Costello – Punch the clock (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.

Punch the Clock was released in 1983 by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It was Costello’s eighth album and his seventh with the Attractions since 1978. The album featured Costello’s first US Top 40 hit, “Everyday I Write the Book.”

The album was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who also produced Costello’s following album, Goodbye Cruel World.

It was ranked as the number 1 “Album of the Year” for 1983 by NME and thirty years later, the magazine ranked it at number 345 in its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”

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.