Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.
The Oak Ridge Boys: Fancy Free
I know. I know. Last week I was talking about my triumphant discovery of New Wave and then this week's pick goes right back to the country roots I inherited from my dad. I really wanted to pick one of the albums I listed as Runners Up below, but the truth is that I wore this record out. That was mostly due to "Elvira," but I liked the whole thing and it led to my digging a little deeper in the well (so to speak) of the Oak Ridge Boys' back catalog. I think I ended up seeing them three times in concert and even worked backstage at one of their shows when they played at my college.
The Go-Gos: Beauty and the Beat
Men at Work: Business as Usual
The J. Geils Band: Freeze Frame
And as long as I'm visiting the year, here are some singles I loved:
The Human League: "Don't You Want Me"
Soft Cell: "Tainted Love"
Stars on 45: "Stars on 45"
Blondie: "Tide is High"
Sheena Easton: "Morning Train (9 to 5)"
It's nice to see that I hadn't totally regressed.