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Righteous Rebel Music of the 80's

J.D. Shaw.
The list author says: "As I learned to walk and chew gum, the world was waking up from the seventies. I look at leisure suite photos of my toddler self and think,"Boy did you guys screw things up." Kids didn't like it. We had opinions and ideas about how to fix things too. These are the anthems, ballads and pop heroes that suburban youths looked to as they struggled to fit in and find a place to belong. Look, it all worked out in the end. The alt rock of the nineties was just around the corner."
War
War
"This is the album that inspired kids to read the newspaper and challenge the cold war attitudes of our grandparents. For many of us our grandparents were like our parents because our parents were still recovering from their hippy days."
Add It Up (1981-1993)
Add It Up (1981-1993)
"Skateboarding to "add it up" was a nightly ritual on my street for a while.One kid would always cover the volume knob, lest a nosy parent stick a head out the garage during a certain lyric. As fifteen year old boys, we didn't really understand everything Gordon was talking about, but it sure made us feel...something."
Appetite for Destruction
Appetite for Destruction
"There really wasn't very much righteous about these rebels.(Except for Slash's guitar playing)They were loud and dirty and we were sick of hair bands on MTV. Appetite caused us to give heavy metal another chance. In the end, though they were just too slick and self destructive to be real rebel heroes in the burbs. This album however, made some noise."
Confrontation (Remastered)
Confrontation (Remastered)
"Bob Marley spoke to us from the grave on this album, which was released after his death in 1983. There is no rebel more righteous than Bob Marley. The song "I know" is haunting. A celebration of life and encouragement to keep up the struggle, because we are all victims of the system."
Murmur
Murmur
"Like U2 with Joshua Tree, REM had a break out commercial success in the eighties with Green. However true fans point to Murmur as their REM awakening. These alternative/indie rock godfathers from my family's University of Georgia,were definitely righteous rebels of the new south."
Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies
Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies
"It's the Pixies. I listened and thought, "Anyone can write a song. I think I will try to write a song too." I did too. Nothing like these though. These are good songs."
Static Age [Vinyl]
Static Age [Vinyl]
"These guys had weight in in the suburbs of North Florida. (aka juice in the hood)"
Thriller
Thriller
"Michael Jackson was a different kind of rebel. He did what he wanted and made some great music. I don't know of a single tough suburban Floridian youth who can honestly say, "I never even tried the moonwalk". That's all I'm saying."
Imagine
Imagine
"The songs of John Lennon (and Paul McCartney)became important to a new generation of kids when Imagine was released in the late 80's. Though he died in the early eighties and he was a hippie, he was a cool rebel. Imagine came out in the later part of the decade and ignited a love for the Beatles that I still have to this day."
It Takes A Nation
It Takes A Nation
"P.E. Suburban juggernaut of the late 80's. Liking Public Enemy may have started out as a rebellious exercise in my neighborhood. For many it became a genuine awareness of higher social and moral issues."