Believe it or not, but 1984 -- be it Orwellian dystopia, a lousy time for hair products and fashion, or a year forever linked with Van Halen -- was 30 years ago. It was also a busy year for music. There were hundreds of albums released as were a hefty sum of music-related films like the classic mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, Prince's Purple Rain, and that greatly adaptable punchline, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
It was a great and turbulent year. Going back over the charts and jogging my preteen memory has uncovered the amazing staying power of some artists like Ted Nugent and Bob Dylan (Penetrator and Real Live respectively) and some who went the wayside like General Public (All the Rage) and Play Dead (From the Promised Land).
Here are 12 albums, month by month, that turn(ed) 30 this year that are worthy of your reconsideration.
Anthrax - Fistful of Metal
Love 'em or hate 'em, the thrash/speed metal of Anthrax has been around for quite some time and whether you subscribe to the Bush or Belladonna eras as a fan, this album, their debut, was vocalized by Neil Turbin. There's something cheekily naïve about this album that makes it incredibly fun to blast. It sometimes feels like he's about to tear down heaven's gates, his voice soars that high.
The Smiths - S/T
Oh boy, the debut album that started a thousand copycat pompadours and clumsily serious teenaged soul-searching. The cult of Morrissey starts here. The cult of Morrissey turned 30 years old this past February.
"Pretty Girls Make Graves" kinda forgives everything, doesn't it?
Minor Threat - S/T
Buried within the compilation album that would surface just a few years later, this combo platter of their first two EPs is ground zero for straight edge annoyances. Regardless -- the fury, the sheer balls of youth encased in these almost minute-long blasts are as good today as they were 30 years ago, even if you've since given into drinking, smoking, and fucking.