One of my favourite albums period hasn't been mentioned yet. A relatively obscure band who had a couple minor hits is XTC. Probably their best known songs are "Making Plans for Nigel" and "Skylarking" - neither of which rate very high in my books, nor do they sound like anything from their masterpiece album called Black Sea. They never recorded anything else that comes close.
Frankly, I'm a little surprised no one has mentioned The Cure. "The Lovecats" is a great little slice of pure 80's cheese.
However, the best non-metal of the 80's was coming from bands like the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag. Canada's DOA gets an honourable mention.
why it took me so long to discover this great song?
(one must start visiting local gym to get familiar with quality music... )
if you look for the actual video to that song (along with "I Wanna Rock"), it features as the asshole antagonist the guy who played Douglas C. Neidermeyer in "Animal House" - who basically rehashes some of his movie lines as the overbearing father... and Dee even recites a couple lines from that flick at the tail end of the song, "You're all worthless and weak, now drop and give me 20" )
Man, same with me. I love 80's glam rock/metal. Some of my favorites:
Skid Row: I remember you, In A Darkened Room, 18 And Life, Wasted Time, Forever, Quicksand Jesus
Twisted Sisters: We're not Gonna Take It, I wanna Rock.
Quiet Riot: Thunderbird, Metal Health, Cum On Feel The Noise
Motley Crüe: Shout At The Devil
Sweet: Ballroom Blitz
Ballroom Blitz is a 70s song
In a Darkened Room, Wasted Time and Quicksand Jesus are from Skid Row's 1991 Slave to the Grind album.
"what happens in my subconscious is not my business"