RE: Best Band/Musician of the 1980s

XTC. clearly.
1982 – English Settlement – a masterpiece
1983 – Mummer – totally understated genius of an album
1984 – The Big Express – a loud brash genius of an album
1986 – Skylarking – another masterpiece
1989 – Oranges & Lemons – another genius of an album

They also had time to create the greatest tribute to 1960s Rock, ever… THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR. Their EP 25 O’Clock was epic… and they followed that up with Psonic Psunspot If you’re a fan of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, The Kinks, Cream, and any number of other great bands, you owe it to yourself to check this out:

THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHERE