The list author says: "These are some essential 80s New Wave albums. They are no particular order. Other albums are great by these bands too, but I've often listed an early or particularly essential or favorite album. I've left out some great records by other cool bands, but wanted to keep the list under control.
Please check out my book: One Step Beyond: A Teenage Odyssey in 1980s Los Angeles. It's about growing up as a teen in the Westside L.A. during the early 80s. It's funny and heartfelt. You'll enjoy it."
"These Rhino compilations are great. I have Volumes 4, 5, 9 and 10 and particularly like those. You can get all these one hit wonders without having to buy whole albums of mostly junk. Most of these songs are gems."