Discumentary: XTC "Skylarking"

 
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The British band's eighth album is considered a "pop masterpiece" and one of the best albums made in the 80's. Produced by Todd Rundgren, there was much conflict during the recording sessions, but the album broke the band on to the U.S. charts with the song "Dear God".

When Ray Charles set out to record an album of country songs, his record label though he was crazy. Charles proved them all wrong when "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music", became a hit. It gave Charles the crossover success he needed, eventually making him a household name.

The main theme of this album is based on a Japanese girl who is set to fight an army of robots that are pink.

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is O'Connor's sophomore album and the follow up to 1987's The Lion and the Cobra. Her hit song Nothing Compares to you, written by Prince helped propel her to stardom.

This album received rave reviews from blues fans who praised Tedeschi for continuing and advancing the blues tradition. It features 5 songs written by Tedeschi plus a few written by her band members Tom Hambridge and Adrienne Young.

John Linnell and John Flansburgh had their breakout success with their major label debut. The biggest hit off the album, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," was actually a cover, but their take on it fits in with the rest of the album. Flood is their best selling album to date.

Mostly recorded in a hacienda in New Mexico, "Under the Pink" is Tori Amos' second solo album. Even more piano-focused than her first, it features the singles "God" and "Cornflake Girl."

Joe Jackson's 5th release, Night & Day, was released in 1982 and marked a departure from his earlier work. The title, taken from a Cole Porter song, reflected a new sophistication in songwriting and garnered Jackson two of his biggest hit songs, "Breaking Us In Two" and "Steppin Out."

For his fifth album, Peter Gabriel teamed up with producer Daniel Lanois to produce his most upbeat and fun album, titled "So". Gabriel also recruited the help of musicians such as Kate Bush, African singer Youssou N'Dour and The Police's Stewart Copland.

The punk/mod-revival band The Jam released their 3rd full-length release in 1978. “All Mod Cons” produced one of their biggest hits, “Down In The Tube At Midnight” and received both commercial success and critical acclaim.

The debut album of husband and wife musical team Richard and Linda Thompson, is considered a folk rock classic. The album features some of Richard's former bandmates from Fairport Convention.

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