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I think you're unfairly discounting The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified though. Emergency & I means a lot less without it.
Echo & The Bunnymen (technically formed in '78, but first album was 1980)
XTC (hard to classify -- had great records in the late '70s, but bloomed in the '80s)
My Bloody Valentine
Tears For Fears
Then there were all the hair-and-spandex bands :D
I'd rate the Go-Betweens as the most underrated band ever, and certainly of the 1980s
This is just a BIZARRE list. Blur? In that group? And Spoon, Wilco, Radiohead, Ghostface Killah and Elliot Smith are all from the 90's. Technically, so are the Mountain Goats, but I can see putting that group in the Oughts' box.
Blur's got 4 classics (Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, 13, Think Tank), a half-classic (The Great Escape) and nothing outright horrible in their discography. And after almost a decade of being apart, they produced arguably the best song of 2012.
Also, I recognize there are not many metal fans on this site, but Metallica's work in the 80's is unimpeachable. Too bad they never released another CD after ...And Justice For All.
Modest Mouse peaked with Lonesome Crowded West.
I tried to fool myself into liking Death Magnetic, but...no, it's still bad.
Having to explain to a young(er) person that The Moon and Antarctica is, in fact, terrible, remains an exception.
What a weird listing, given that Think Tank is 80% garbage and that you didn't even mention their single greatest triumph, the self-titled Blur album: the moment they broke free of the Britpop straitjacket and incorporated Pavement-esque influences turn into one of the great late-'90s "noise-pop" bands.
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