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30 Years Ago: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Don’t Build on Their Success With ‘The Pacific Age’

A&M
A&M

After "If You Leave" became their biggest hit, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark struggled with the follow-up, 1986's 'The Pacific Age.'

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40 Years Ago: Tom Waits Goes Deeper Into Character on ‘Small Change’

Asylum
Asylum

Tom Waits hung out on Los Angeles' skid row to write the songs on 'Small Change.'

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30 Years Ago: Cyndi Lauper Beats the Sophomore Jinx with ‘True Colors’

Portrait
Portrait

Cyndi Lauper proved she was no one-album wonder with 1986's 'True Colors.'

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20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Continue Experimenting on ‘No Code’

Epic
Epic

Pearl Jam's fourth album, 'No Code,' saw them explore Indian and tribal music.

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30 Years Ago: Paul Simon Reinvents Himself with ‘Graceland’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

There will never be a true substitute for a good old-fashioned mixtape, and Paul Simon proved it with his seventh solo LP.

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Is the Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ the First Alternative LP?

EMI
EMI

We look at the impact the Beatles 1966 masterpiece, 'Revolver,' had on the future world of alternative music.

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30 Years Ago: Sting Finds His Groove With a New Band on ‘Bring on the Night’

A&M
A&M

Restless in the Police, Sting did something that came naturally: He shook things up.

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Takes a Big Step Forward With ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant - Album Cover
I.R.S. Records

R.E.M. went for a bigger rock sound -- and got it -- on 'Lifes Rich Pageant,' which was released on July 28, 1986.

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35 Years Ago: Blondie’s Debbie Harry Goes Solo with ‘KooKoo’

Chrysalis
Chrysalis

Blondie singer Debbie Harry's first solo album was an opportunity for her to make a break with the past.

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22 Years Ago: Beastie Boys Kick It Root Down With ‘Ill Communication’

Grand Royal
Grand Royal

With old-school rhyme schemes, lo-fi punk, a little Latin flavor and a lot of their trademark pop culture snark, Beastie Boys unleashed a mid-'90s masterpiece.

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