Inspired by a fediverse conversation about how '80s the '80s were (more '80s than you can believe):
- Maybe It's Live, by Robert Palmer: Lot of great rock/dance/almost bluesy songs.
- Notorious, by Duran Duran: Rio was good pop, but Notorious is the one that actually impressed me. They could rock out when they had to.
- Miami Vice, by Jan Hammer: The sound of the '80s.
- The Power Station: 1985, Robert Palmer, the rock half of Duran Duran, and a Chic ("le freak") made an awesome video and a whole album of rock/synth.
- Riptide, by Robert Palmer: His breakout, with of course the video.
- Airwolf: The greatest TV show of all time. There is apparently an entire album of Airwolf Themes but I can't find it anywhere convenient.
- Harold F, by Harold Faltermeyer: Axel F, the Beverly Hills Cop song. But he scored everything else, too, like Fletch Lives.
- Living in Fear, by The Power Station: A decade later, they reunited. I barely know this album at all, '90s I was too much into metal & industrial to still like my '80s pop.
And then looking this up, I discovered Robert Palmer died in 2003, age 54. Nobody told me! guardian obituary