The Scorpions - Blackout. This might be the best side of any one rock album released in the first half of the eighties. Five monster songs are on Side One: the title track Blackout, the utterly monsterful Can't Live Without You, followed by (There's) No One Like You, then You Give me All I Need, and finally - Now! During the first half of the eighties - we had Pyromania. And Bon Jovi's breakout debut album (my personal fav of theirs). Yet Aerosmith put nothing out worth noting her during this period of time. What am I missing from say 1980 - 1985? It seems like the the early eighties (when I was in college), was the advent of the MTV era - and we had Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls, Thriller, Stevie Nicks' great solo albums, the Thompson Twins, the Fixx, Toto, blah blah blah. But during these six years (80-85) who was putting out the hard stuff? More on that later, but back to the Scropes. What a completely unique band they were. In 1979 they won Playboy magazine's award for Best artwork of the year for their Lovedrive album cover - which I don't own. Rats. I really need to get that one. There is a great song on that album - called Loving You Sunday Morning. And a huge thank-you here to my neighbor and fellow musicologist Jim for donating this record to my collection.