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1986 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    The Replacements' Tim pulled a shocking upset to win 1985. Let's see who wins 1986.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1986:
    Soundtrack - Miami Vice (cont. from '85)
    Barbara Streisand - Broadway
    Sade - Promise
    Mr. Mister - Welcome to the Real World
    Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
    Van Halen - 5150
    Janet Jackson - Control
    Patti Labelle - Winner in You
    Soundtrack - Top Gun
    Madonna - True Blue
    Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling
    Huey Lewis and the News - Fore!
    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    Boston - Third Stage
    Bruce Springsteen - Live/1975-85

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1986:
    Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me (cont. from '85)
    Dionne - That's What Friends are For
    Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
    Mr. Mister - Kyrie
    Starship - Sarah
    Heart - These Dreams
    Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
    Prince - Kiss
    Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love
    Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
    Whitney Houston - Greatest Love of All
    Madonna - Live to Tell
    Patti Labelle - On My Own
    Billy Ocean - There'll Be Sad Songs
    Simply Red - Holding Back the Years
    Genesis - Invisible Touch
    Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
    Peter Cetera - Glory of Love
    Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
    Steve Winwood - Higher Love
    Bananarama - Venus
    Berlin - Take My Breath Away
    Huey Lewis and the News - Stuck With You
    Janet Jackson - When I Think of You
    Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
    Boston - Amanda
    The Human League - Human
    Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
    Peter Cetera - The Next Time I Fall
    Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The Way It Is
    The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian

    What are your top three albums for 1986? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. Slayer - Reign in Blood
    2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
    3. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

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  2. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    rest of the top 10:
    4. R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
    5. Sonic Youth - Evol
    6. Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc.
    7. Bad Brains - I Against I
    8. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
    9. Steve Earle - Guitar Town
    10. Cromags - Age of Quarrel

    honorable mentions:
    bob seger - like a rock
    dag nasty - can i say
    dead kennedys - bedtime for democracy
    elvis costello - king of America
    fabulous thunderbirds - tuff enuff
    husker du - candy apple red
    megadeth - peace sells but who’s buying
    samhain - november-coming fire
    steve winwood - back in the high life
    talking heads - true stories

    stuff to check out:
    the bangles - different light
    bruce hornsby and the range - the way it is
    camper van beethoven - camper van beethoven
    the cocteau twins - victorialand
    crowded house - crowded house
    depeche mode - black celebration
    genesis - invisible touch
    madonna - true blue
    nick cave - kicking against the pricks
    nick cave - your funeral my trial
    paul simon - graceland
    peter gabriel - so
    prince - parade
    run dmc - raising hell
    sade - promise
    siouxsie and the banshees - tinderbox
    soul asylum - made to be broken
    talk talk - colour of spring
    van halen - 5150
    whitney houston - whitney houston
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  3. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    1. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
    2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
    3. Slayer - Reign in Blood

    I don't know much from this year but I love this top three, haha.
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  4. cshadows2887 Oct 11, 2021
    (Last edited: Oct 16, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Bruce Hornsby and The Range - The Way It Is
    2. Genesis - Invisible Touch
    3. 'Til Tuesday - Welcome Home

    Excruciating Cuts:
    Prince - Parade
    Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling
    Boston - Third Stage
    Peter Gabriel - So
    Paul Simon - Graceland
    Peter, Paul, and Mary - No Easy Walk to Freedom
    Bruce Springsteen - Live/1975-85
    Journey - Raised on Radio

    Others I love:
    Steve Winwood - Back in the High Life
    Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Huey Lewis and the News - Fore!
    Darryl Hall - 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
    Janet Jackson - Control
    Billy Joel - The Bridge
    Wang Chung - Mosaic
    Nanci Griffith - The Last of the True Believers
    Madonna - True Blue
    The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
    Van Halen - 5150
    Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
    Tommy Keane - Songs from the Film

    Good ones:
    .38 Special - Strength in Numbers
    Steve Earle - Guitar Town
    Randy Travis - Storms of Life
    Anita Baker - Rapture
    Megadeth - Peace Sells...but Who's Buying?
    Gordon Lightfoot - East of Midnight
    Crowded House - Crowded House
    Eric Clapton - August
    Paul McCartney - Press to Play
    Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
    Billy Ocean - Love Zone
    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs, etc., etc.
    Cinderella - Night Songs
    John Fogerty - Eye of the Zombie
    Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
    The Moody Blues - The Other Side of Life
    Beastie Boys - License to Ill
    Luther Vandross - Give Me the Reason

    Not a fan:
    Slayer - Reign in Blood

    Targets for listening:
    a-ha - Scoundrel Days
    Bobby Brown - King of Stage
    Bob Dylan - Knocked Out Loaded
    Jermaine Stewart - Frantic Romantic
    Talking Heads - True Stories
    The The - Infected
    Bad Brains - I Against I
    Afrika Bambaata and the Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock: The Album
    Big Black - Atomizer
    Billy Bragg - Talking with the Tax Man About Poetry
    Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Blood and Chocolate
    Sonic Youth - Evol
    Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
    Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses
    XTC - Skylarking
    The Fabulous Thunderbinds - Tuff Enuff
    Georgia Satellites - Georgia Satellites

    Eddie Money - Can't Hold Back
    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band - Like a Rock
    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Live Alive
    Marti Jones - Match Game
    Elvis Costello and the Attractions - King of America
    Robert Cray Band - Strong Persuader
    R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
    Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman - Song X
    Bodeans - Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams
    The Smithereens - Especially for You
    David and David - Boomtown
    Timbuk3 - Gretings from Timuk3
    Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians - Element of Light
    Astor Piazzolla - Tango: Zero Hour
    Poison - Look What the Cat Dragged In
    The Rolling Stones - Dirty Work
    Cameo - Word Up!
    World Party - Private Revolution
    Reba McEntire - Whoever's in New England
  5. Morrissey


    The Color of Money - Official Soundtrack.
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  6. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    This is a fun year.
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  7. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    how dare you
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  8. tomdelonge


    Skylarking is like top 5 of all time
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  9. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    Sales pitch for '86 :

    The major label debut of the late, great, and super underrated Tommy Keene, "Songs from the Film". A power-pop genius.

    Studio version from '86 as well as a random rippin' live version from Conan in '94.

    i had the pleasure of seeing Tommy live twice before he passed; once opening for Matthew Sweet and once opening for the mighty Guided By Voices. Both times he was all class and truly enjoyable. I think a lot of you would like his stuff.

    Also, 86 feels like a turning point of sorts - some big releases by established artists but a shift in style in a way, with Beasties, Slayer, RUN DMC, etc bringing in totally different sounds. And there's also the whole Dwight Yoakam / Steve Earle contingent repping the outlaw country. A fun year for sure.
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  10. the rural juror

    carried in the arms of cheerleaders

    1. Huey Lewis and the News - Fore!

    Huey Lewis's early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

    Fore! is their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.
  11. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Probably doesn’t bode super well that I mostly agree with the serial killer
  12. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    PLEASE everyone listen to the Hornsby record if you haven’t. It’s incredible
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  13. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    With ya here too!!
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    Regular Supporter

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  16. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    1. Bruce Hornsby & The Range - The Way It Is
    2. R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
    3. Peter Gabriel - So

    Some of the best pop songs ever on that Hornsby record. I'm never not amped to hear "Every Little Kiss." And the keyboard sound on that record is just larger than life. No wonder Justin Vernon wanted to pull some influence from Hornsby on Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

    Lifes Rich Pageant
    was one of the first R.E.M. records that really clicked for me. The perfect midway point between their jangly '80s indie rock underdog phase and the alt-rock imperial phase they were about to enter with Document.

    So is the only one of these three I don't love start to finish, but I think I might have had to put it here for "Red Rain," "Sledgehammer," and "In Your Eyes" alone. Tracks 7 and 8 are misses for me, but those three songs are so tremendous that they make up for any little lapses.
  17. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Fuck. Yes.
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  18. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I'm assuming it was you who made me listen to that Hornsby record years ago.
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  19. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    That seems likely. I've been evangelizing for it for quite some time. He honestly has this particular melodic frequency that almost no other artist hits. Something about his chord voicings and the way he plays just hits emotional parts of my brain in such a unique way. I hope I never understand theoretically what it is that he does that hits me. I prefer the mystery. Just put "Every Little Kiss" and "Mandolin Rain" on a loop.
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  20. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    This is very well put - and I am excited to listen to this entire record this week. I definitely know it to be true about the title track and "mandolin rain". This album is considered his creative peak, right?
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  21. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    1. Paul Simon - Graceland
    2. Cro-Mags - The Age of Quarrel
    3. Slayer - Reign in Blood

    Honorable mention: my release in July.
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  22. jdr2187


    1. Paul Simon - Graceland
    2. Elvis Costello - King of America
    3. Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
    4. Bestie Boys - Licensed to Ill
    5. Steve Earle - Guitar Town
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  23. bradsonemanband

    Prestigious Supporter

    Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
    Paul Simon - Graceland
    'Til Tuesday - Welcome Home

    @cshadows2887 and I may be the only 'Til Tuesday fans on this site haha
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  24. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I definitely think so, but honesty, he has a really excellent catalog. Scenes from the Southside and A Night on the Town are only a hair behind the debut and when he went solo on Hot House he got really interesting. Dude has never been content to just play the hits; he's always restless. When I saw him live, he didn't play a single hit and he was calling out changes on the fly to the band during their extended improvisations. It was fucking thrilling.

    The songwriting is just so undeniable. "What About Love", "Coming Up Close", "Lover's Day", "No One Is Watching You Now". Just amazing.
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  25. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    This year has the song I think I may be the biggest fan of alive, aka it's one of my favorite songs of all time and I've never met anyone who's as enthusiastic about it as me, no matter who I make listen to it. But "Tonight Will Be Alright" by Lionel Richie is absolutely fucking perfect. Gives me a whole bushel of feelings. And I think constantly about the line "Let's take a ride to a midnight honky tonk...and we'll set it on fire". Love that shit.