Tim is an album released in October 1985 on Sire Records by the alternative rock band The Replacements. It was their first major label release. It was also the last album made by the original line-up of the band: guitarist Bob Stinson was kicked out of the band shortly after the album's release. Tim's mainstream commercial success, like its predecessors, was moderate at best, despite the critical acclaim it garnered. The album peaked at #183 on the Billboard Music Chart's Top 200.
Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! is the debut album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was originally released in 1985 on Combat Records. The album received positive reviews, even from mainstream music critics. The deluxe edition, completely remixed and remastered and featuring a new cover and several bonus tracks, was released by Loud Records in 2002. According to "National Album Positioning Charts," Killing is My Business...
7800° Fahrenheit is Bon Jovi's second album, and was released in April 1985. It introduced the classic '80s Bon Jovi logo that would later on be used in Slippery When Wet and New Jersey. Approximate sales were in excess of one million copies. The singles "In and Out of Love" and "Only Lonely" both charted in the Billboard Hot 100 (although both failed to reach the top 40 status of "Runaway" from the previous album), and still get occasional airplay on US AOR and hard rock format radio stations.
Spreading the Disease is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Anthrax and the first with vocalist Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. The album was released in October 1985 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island in the United States and in March 1986 by Island Records globally.
In My Head was the last studio album released by Black Flag. This album followed the album Loose Nut and was discredited by many Black Flag fans for sounding much different than their earlier work. It was released in 1985 on SST Records. The CD reissue adds three of the four songs from the I Can See You EP, replicating the original 1985 cassette release which came out concurrent to the LP.
Frankenchrist is the third album released by the American hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys in 1985 on Alternative Tentacles. The album was a subject of controversy because of a poster inserted in the original record sleeve. The poster, H. R. Giger's Landscape #XX, or Penis Landscape, was a painting depicting rows of penises and vulvas.
Telephone Free Landslide Victory is a 1985 album by musical group Camper Van Beethoven, released on Independent Projects. It featured the band's best known song "Take the Skinheads Bowling". The band's lineup at the time of recording was David Lowery (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jonathan Segel (violin, keyboards, guitar, backing vocals), Chris Molla (guitar, backing vocals), Victor Krummenacher (bass, backing vocals), and Anthony Guess (drums).
Foreign Keys is the second album released in 1985 by musician Jandek, and his eleventh overall. It finds him returning to the band sound with a vengeance, and is the first all-band Jandek album, with no acoustic numbers whatsoever. It's also an album almost split down the middle between tracks sung by the main artist and those by his female counterpart, assumed to be "Nancy" (it is certainly the same vocalist from "Nancy Sings" on Chair Beside a Window).
Rain Dogs is the 9th album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in August 1985 on Island Records. A loose concept album about "the urban dispossessed" of New York City, Rain Dogs is generally considered the middle album of the trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years.
Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985. Afterburner was a financial success, going several times platinum and launching several hit singles. The song "Can't Stop Rockin'" was featured in the 1993 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. The song "Velcro Fly" was an element in Stephen King's '; Eddie keeps hearing drums playing off in the distance and thinks it sounds like, then later realizes it is, the drum track for "Velcro Fly".
Radio is the debut album of American rapper LL Cool J, released November 18, 1985 on Def Jam Recordings in the United States. It serves as the label's first full-length album release. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1984 to 1985 at Chung King House of Metal in New York City. The album was primarily produced by Rick Rubin, who provided a sparse and minimal production style.
Open Fire is the first live album by American hard rock/heavy metal band Y&T, released in 1985 through A&M Records. It was recorded in the same year. This album became one of the rarest Y&T albums to find on CD, until Hip-O Records (a subsidiary of Universal that specializes in reissues) reissued it in 2005 with two bonus tracks, "Black Tiger" and "Summertime Girls".
Hell Awaits is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Slayer, released through Metal Blade Records in 1985. The band's previous release, Show No Mercy, became Metal Blade Records' highest selling release; as a result, producer Brian Slagel desired to release a second Slayer album. To that end, Slagel financed a recording budget (Show No Mercy was paid for by band members) and recruited several experienced producers to help in the studio.
Misplaced Childhood is the third studio album of the progressive rock band Marillion. It was released in 1985 and has been their most commercially successful album, reaching number one in the UK album charts in June 1985 and spending a total of 41 weeks on the chart, the longest chart residency of a Marillion album. The album features the band's two most successful singles, the guitar-led "Kayleigh", which reached No.
To Mega Therion (meaning the great beast in Greek) is the second album by the Swiss extreme metal band, Celtic Frost, released in October 1985. The cover artwork is a painting by H.R. Giger entitled Satan I.
Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. The first half of the album is a development of their unique brand of arena rock which had evolved in their music since the 1980 album Making Movies, while the second half consists of more folk-influenced material. The whole album maintains the original Dire Straits' bluesy and laid back guitar-based sound whilst retaining a more lavish and bombastic production and overall sound.
I Have Returned is an album by American country music and novelty songwriter and singer Ray Stevens, released in 1985. The pictures on both the front and the back of the album were taken in the Mississippi Sound near Biloxi, Mississippi according to the album credits.
Silvertone is the first album by Chris Isaak, released in 1985. It was not a hit until the song "Gone Ridin'" was featured in the 1986 film Blue Velvet, though the song had previously appeared on the soundtrack to the film American Flyers the year before. "Dancin'" appeared in the film Modern Girls released the same year, but wasn't included on the soundtrack. "Gone Ridin'" was used in the 1987 comedy Morgan Stewart's Coming Home.
No Jacket Required is the third solo album by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins, released on 25 January 1985. The album was named after an incident at The Pump Room in Chicago, where Collins was denied admittance to the establishment because of his attire. No Jacket Required features guest vocalists, including Helen Terry, Peter Gabriel and Sting. Some of the songs, like "Don't Lose My Number" and "Sussudio", were based on improvisation.
The Firm is the eponymous debut studio album by British rock band The Firm, released by Atlantic Records on 11 February 1985. Tracks ranged from the epic "Midnight Moonlight" based on a previously unreleased song by Led Zeppelin called "Swan Song", first tinkered with during the Physical Graffiti sessions, to the commercially successful "Radioactive". "Closer" employs a horn section to subtle effect. The Firm peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 chart, and reached #15 on the UK Album Chart.
Love Bomb is an album by The Tubes produced by Todd Rundgren. It was released in 1985 on Capitol Records. It is the last major-label release by The Tubes. Songs include the single "Piece By Piece", "Stella", "Night People", "Eyes", "Feel It", "For A Song", "Love Bomb", "Muscle Girls", "Theme from A Woolly Place", and others. Following the release of Love Bomb, the band would break up, with drummer Prairie Prince and keyboardist Vince Welnick joining Rundgren's touring band.
Meat Is Murder is the second studio album by the British alternative rock band The Smiths. It was released in February 1985 and became the band's sole number one album in the UK charts during the band's lifetime, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. It reached number 110 in the US. In 2003, the album was ranked number 295 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Meat is Murder is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2006).
New Day Rising is a 1985 album by the American punk rock band Hüsker Dü, released on SST Records. Though less sprawlingly ambitious than prior album Zen Arcade, New Day Rising, in some ways, abandoned hardcore punk entirely, and helped set the template for alternative rock for the next decade. While retaining the speed and aggression of earlier efforts, many fans maintain that virtually all of the songs on New Day Rising exhibit a strong pop sensibility.