Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.
Billy Idol: Billy Idol
I was good and hooked on New Wave by 1982, thanks in large part to my grandmother. She had cable (we didn't) and we'd watch MTV when we went to her house. "Love My Way" by The Psychedelic Furs and Billy Idol's "White Wedding" were getting a lot of play on MTV and quickly became favorites of mine. Those two songs pretty much decided where my musical tastes went from there, but - thanks to his charisma - I was always a much bigger Billy Idol fan than a Furs one.
I can't embed the "White Wedding" video, but here's the link if you want a reminder of how awesome Billy is.
Here's "Love My Way" though.
Adam Ant: Friend or Foe
Duran Duran: Rio
Toto: Toto IV
The Clash: Combat Rock
Singles I loved:
The Psychedelic Furs: "Love My Way"
Dexys Midnight Runners: "Come On, Eileen"
Thompson Twins: "In the Name of Love"
The Oak Ridge Boys: "Bobby Sue"