Today we’re launching a new ongoing ongoing Best of the ’80s feature in which, each month for the rest of 2013, we’ll ask Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to weigh in on their favorite albums of each year, beginning with 1980 this month through November’s look at 1989. Then, in December, we’ll do the big one: best of the entire decade.
The goal is simple: determine collectively just what are the best albums of the broad and someone ambiguous alternative genre for each year of the 1980s, and then cap it all off with with a monster year-end poll to determine the absolute best records of the entire decade.
It’s a simple process. The first Monday of each month will see a new poll launched, beginning with today’s 1980 edition. We’ve assembled a (somewhat lengthy) list of albums to choose from, including classic titles from Joy Division, Bauhaus, Talking Heads, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees, as well as far lesser-known titles. But you’re free to vote for anything, and there’s a slot to submit your own picks at the end of the list.
Voting will be open through 5 p.m. EST Feb. 22, and results will be posted the following week. Then, as March rolls around, we’ll begin again with 1981, and take it from there.
Sound good? Then vote away. And feel free to discuss/explain your picks in the comments below.