Andre Gardner

We were a little over a month away from Live Aid at JFK and Wembley Stadiums, Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl for the French Open title, and Camden, New Jersey’s Mike Rozier signed a multi year contract with the Houston Oilers. While that was all happening, these were the top 10 albums in rock on June 1, 1985, as compiled by our crack team of researchers..me:

  • 10. Building The Perfect Beast - Don Henley

    The beast, in this case, was Don Henley’s second solo album, recorded over a year and a half, and featuring over 25 different musicians and vocalists. Building The Perfect Beast was the #10 rock album on June 1, 1985, and here’s a track Don wrote with Mike Campbell of The Heartbreakers, who also produced the album.

  • 9. Crazy From The Heat (EP) - David Lee Roth

    David Lee Roth wasted no time, after leaving Van Halen, releasing his first solo music.  It was an EP of just four songs that were actually recorded while he was still with Van Halen, and it came out as Crazy From The Heat, the #9 rock album on the countdown.  On this cover of The Beach Boys’ “California Girls,” Roth is backed by Edgar Winter, Christopher Cross and Carl Wilson!

  • 8. Centerfield - John Fogerty

    This next album was made by one guy, and one guy only.  John Fogerty played every single instrument on this album, and it was his biggest as a solo artist.  The #8 rock album on June 1, 1985 was Centerfield.

  • 7. The Power Station - The Power Station

    They were a supergroup, named after the legendary NYC recording studio, and comprised of Robert Palmer, the two Taylors from Duran Duran, and Tony Thompson from Chic on drums.  They were The Power Station, and their debut album, featuring this blistering cover of the T. Rex classic, was #7 on June 1, 1985.

  • 6. Southern Accents - Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers

    Recorded over a two year period, and stressing out Tom Petty so much that he punched a wall in the studio and broke several bones in his left hand, Southern Accents was a fine work from Tom and the Heartbreakers, and was co-produced by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.  It’s the #6 rock album on this week’s Thursday Top 10 Countdown.

  • 5. Reckless - Bryan Adams

    On its way to selling more than 12 million copies worldwide, Bryan Adams’ crown jewel, Reckless, was still in the top five, eight months after its release.  It was #5 on June 1, 1985.

     

  • 4. Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears

    Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith broke off from a band they were in called Graduate, and formed Tears For Fears.  Their second album was the one that hit #1 in multiple countries around the world and gave them worldwide fame, Songs From The Big Chair.  It’s #4 this week on our countdown.

  • 3. Beverly Hills Cop (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    Eddie Murphy’s blockbuster movie featured an all star cast on the soundtrack as well.  We heard a clip from “Axel F” in our look at the top pop singles, and The Eagles’ Glenn Frey made a rocking contribution with “The Heat Is On,” which helped propel the album to #1.  After peaking at the top spot, it soundtrack album drops here to #3 on June 1, 1985.

  • 2. Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

    In two and a half months, we’ll be seeing Bruce and the E. Street band rock the ballpark for two shows! No doubt, they’ll do a few from this, the #2 rock album on June 1, 1985, Born In the U.S.A.!

  • 1. No Jacket Required - Phil Collins

    At the top of the charts this week is the third solo album by a guy who was already quite successful with his current band.  The album, a more up tempo and positive work than his previous two solo albums, soared to the top of the charts, where it stayed for weeks and sold more copies than any album he and his band did together! #1 on June 1, 1985 was No Jacket Required by Phil Collins.

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