A journey through a range of sexually-charged fantasies, the ‘Erotica’ album found Madonna at the frontline of gender politics.
The record on which ‘his original ideas broke through’, Prince’s self-titled second album served notice that a star was in the making.
Tapping into the energy of mid-60s London, ‘Pin Ups’ found Bowie looking to his 60s past to inspire his post-Ziggy future.
Rich and diverse, The Pogues’ ‘Waiting For Herb’ album showed the magic didn’t depart with their mercurial frontman.
Though they’d lost their frontman, ‘Other Voices’ showed that The Doors’ post-Morrison music still had moments of magic.
Coming into bloom in the flower-power era, the best 60s albums cover psychedelic excursions, folk-rock introspection and hard-rock rebellion.
A new deal, new producer and a newfound confidence led to ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magick’, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakthrough album.
Though rowdy and rebellious, The Pogues’ ‘Red Roses For Me’ album was executed with feeling – and hinted at greatness ahead.
A challenging mix of sex, politics and religion, Prince’s ‘Controversy’ album contained the seeds of much that would follow in the 80s.
The second instalment in David Bowie’s daring ‘Berlin Trilogy’, the genre-defying ‘Heroes’ album still sounds like the future.
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