Episode 1060: 1981 Sophomore Albums – Pretenders, U2, Teardrop Explodes, Echo & the Bunnymen




March 1, 2021


All music in this episode released in 1981.

  • Pretenders “Message of Love” Pretenders II (Sire)
  • U2 “I Threw a Brick Through a Window” October (Island)
  • The Teardrop Explodes “Passionate Friend” Wilder (Mercury, Fontana)
  • Echo & the Bunnymen “A Promise” Heaven Up Here (Korova)

Except for…

  • The Psychedelic Furs “Pretty in Pink” All of This and Nothing (Columbia) 1988


Patron of the pod Eric Lohrenz picks up where he left off from his October 2020 episode on debut albums and highlights the follow-ups. We focus on 4 albums, released in 1981: Pretenders II, October by U2, Wilder by the Teardrop Explodes and Heaven Up Here by Echo & the Bunnymen.

Also, you should check out this episode Noah Crane did on sophomore albums back in November 2020.

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