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.