With this selection of bold and colourful 80s album covers, I’ve tried to steer away from the dead obvious – rolled up jacket sleeves, bushels of big hair, heavy metal cartoon covers – yet capture something of the vibrant self-belief embodied in these sleeve designs. Naturally there were many others vying for inclusion – Joe Jackson’s Beat Crazy and Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual almost made the cut – but I hope this 80s sampler will brighten your day.
Given that the back of the Europeans album was used as the ‘Featured Image’ for this post, it’s only fair to include the front of the album as a bonus.
Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw [Warner Bros 1982]
David Bowie – Let’s Dance [EMI 1983]
Visage – Fade To Grey: The Singles Collection [Polydor 1983]
The Motels – Shock [Capitol 1985]
John Wetton – Caught In The Crossfire [EG 1980]
Rolling Stones – Dirty Work [Columbia 1986]
Vice – Made For Pleasure 
Level 42 – True Colours [Polydor 1984]
Europeans – Vocabulary [A&M 1983]
Horrifying? Nostalgic? Favourites?
Over to you…