I like the nightlife, baby: Best of 1979


Scan the top fifteen and you’ll spot a present my paternal aunt and uncle bought me for my fifth birthday. There isn’t a week when “Welcome to Rio” doesn’t shimmy through my imagination — imagine Dr. Buzzard’s Savannah Band performing for the Muppets, which is not a stretch, I assure you.

Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
Neil Young and Cray Horse – Rust Never Sleeps
Prince – Prince
David Bowie – Lodger
Roxy Music – Manifesto
Merle Haggard – Serving 190 Proof
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
The Cars – Candy-O
Talking Heads – Fear of Music
Tubeway Army – Replicas
Chic – Risque
The B-52s – The B-52s
Blondie – Eat to the Beat
Mickey Mouse Disco
Donna Summer – Bad Girls
XTC – Drums and Wires
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Nick Lowe – Labour of Lust
The Police – Reggata de Blanc
Van Morrison – Into the Music
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Armed Forces
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Graham Parker – Squeezing Out Sparks
Iggy Pop – New Values
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Forces of Victory
The Only Ones – Special View
Smokey Robinson – Where’s There’s Smoke…
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes
Pere Ubu – Dub Housing
Led Zeppelin – In Through the Out Door
ABBA – Voulez-Vous
The Roches – The Roches
Wire – 154

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