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1987 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    Paul Simon's Graceland won 1986. Let's see who wins 1987 after our slight break.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1987:
    Bruce Springsteen - Live/1975-85 (cont. from '86)
    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (cont. from '86)
    U2 - The Joshua Tree
    Whitney Houston - Whitney
    Los Lobos - La Bamba
    Michael Jackson - Bad
    Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
    Soundtrack - Dirty Dancing

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1987:
    The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian (cont. from '86)
    Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down
    Billy Vera - At this Moment
    Madonna - Open Your Heart
    Billy Joel - Livin on a Prayer
    Huey Lewis and the News - Jacob's Ladder
    Club Nouveau - Lean on Me
    Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
    Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting for Me
    Cutting Crew - I Just Died in Your Arms
    U2 - With or Without You
    Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin On
    Atlantic Starr - Always
    Lisa Lisa - Head to Toe
    Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
    Heart - Alone
    Bob Seger - Shakedown
    U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
    Madonna - Who's That Girl
    Los Lobos - La Bamba
    Michael Jackson - I Just Can't Stop Loving You
    Whitney Houston - Didn't We Almost Have it All
    Whitesnake - Here We Go Again
    Lisa Lisa - Lost in Emotion
    Michael Jackson - Bad
    Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
    Billy Idol - Mony Mony
    Jennifer Warnes - I've Had the Time of My Life
    Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth
    George Michael - Faith

    What are your top three albums for 1987? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. U2 - The Joshua Tree
    2. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
    3. INXS - Kick

    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?

    YEARS IN MUSIC • forum.chorus.fm
     
  2. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    good year

    rest of the top 10:
    4. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
    5. R.E.M. - Document
    6. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    7. Descendents - All
    8. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
    9. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
    10. Dag Nasty - Wig Out at Denko's

    honorable mentions:
    10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
    Dead Kennedys - Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
    Dwight Yoakam - Hillbilly Deluxe
    Embrace - Embrace
    George Harrison - Cloud 9
    George Strait - Ocean Front Property
    Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs and Stories
    Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
    The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
    The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
    Sonic Youth - Sister
    Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)
    Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene

    stuff to check out:
    Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark
    Bruce Willis - The Return of Bruno
    Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician
    The Cult - Electric
    Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
    Echo and the Bunnymen - Echo and the Bunnymen
    Emmylou Harris - Angel Band
    Ice T - Rhyme Pays
    LL Cool J - Bigger and Deffer
    Michael Jackson - Bad
    Prince - Sign o’ the Times
    Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show
    Rollins Band - Life Time
    Siouxsie and the Banshees - Through the Looking Glass
    Vince Gill - The Way Back Home
    Whitney Houston - Whitney
     
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  3. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Eric B and Rakim - Paid in Full
    2. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    3. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
     
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  4. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    off the top of my head, this is the strongest year of the 80s so far for me. might be forgetting something, but the top 9 here rule
     
  5. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Dynamite year. Going to have to mull over what I want to put at number 3.
     
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  6. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    1. The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
    2. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    3. Michael Jackson - Bad

    Doing these threads shows me how much more I've explored older films than music, haha.
     
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  7. cshadows2887 Oct 25, 2021
    (Last edited: Nov 8, 2021)
    cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Prince - Sign "O" the Times
    2. Joe Cocker - Unchain My Heart
    3. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

    Excruciating cuts:
    Rush - Hold Your Fire
    Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night

    Others I love:
    Michael Jackson - Bad
    Various Artists - Dirty Dancing Soundtrack
    U2 - The Joshua Tree
    Lyle Lovett - Pontiac
    Whitesnake - Whitesnake
    Def Leppard - Hysteria
    John Cougar Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee
    Heart - Bad Animals
    Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygeine
    Terence Trent D'Arby - Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent d'Arby
    Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
    Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun
    Guns 'n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
    Eric B. and Rakim - Paid in Full
    The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
    Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt - Trio
    Whitney Houston - Whitney
    INXS - Kick
    Randy Travis - Always and Forever
    George Michael - Faith
    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Shaka Zulu

    Good ones:
    Gregg Allman - I'm No Angel
    X - See How We Are
    The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    Prince - The Black Album
    Psychedelic Furs - Midnight to Midnight
    Dan Fogelberg - Exiles
    Richard Marx - Richard Marx
    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)
    Roger - Unlimited
    Dwight Yoakam - Hillbilly Deluxe
    Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Let It Loose
    Public Enemy - Yo Bum Rush the Show

    Not a fan:
    Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

    Targets for listening:
    Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
    Timothy B. Schmidt - Timothy B.
    Van Morrison - Poetic Champions Compose
    The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
    Yes - Big Generator
    Anthrax - Among the Living
    Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician
    The Cult - Electric
    Dinosaur, Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
    Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs and Stories
    The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
    Laibach - Opus Dei
    Napalm Death - Scum
    Pet Shop Boys - Actually
    Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton - The New Tango
    R.E.M. - Document
    The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland
    Sonic Youth - Sister
    The Triffids - Calenture
    New Order - Substance
    The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
    Grateful Dead - In the Dark
    Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
    Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave
    John Hiatt - Bring the Family
    Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson
    Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
    Stevie Wonder - Characters
    Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay
    Roseanne Cash - King's Record Shop
    Sly and Robbie - Rhythm Killers
    Sinead O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
    LL Cool J - Bigger and Deffer
    Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
    George Harrison - Cloud Nine
    Carly Simon - Coming Around Again
     
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  8. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    1. Sonic Youth - Sister
    2. Big Black - Songs about Fucking
    3. Whitney Houston - Whitney

    Sister is another regular installment in Sonic Youth's consistent brilliant run over the next ten years or so. A consistently creative and inventive band, pushing their sound on each album.

    Big Black's crass Songs about Fucking is them at their best and most direct, a drum machine, rapid fire songs and Steve Albini's "edgy" lyrics.

    Whitney is my favourite Whitney Houston album, and anything that opens with "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" is an album worth hearing.

    Honourable mentions;

    The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me: An obligatory slightly bloated double album, but some absolute top tier poppy Cure tracks like "Just Like Heaven" and "Why Can't I Be You?".

    Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs and Stories: The final Husker album, and not as good a double album as Zen Arcade, but shows they didn't go out with a whimper and were still a fantastic band up until the end.

    Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years: Waits' sort of bluesy cabaret album, featuring the track from the opening titles of The Wire, "Way Down in the Hole".

    Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love: Took me a while to warm up to this album, and while I do think it's probably the end of Bruce's marvellous run from 1973 until now, it's great in it's own regard, an insular, inward facing album, without most of the E Street Band.

    Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush The Show: Public Enemy's debut, and a fantastic introduction to their bombastic and furiously aggressive music.

    Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me: A scuzzy distorted grunge record, that's Dinosaur Jr and possibly even the early grunge scene at it's absolute best.
     
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  9. phaynes12

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    tunnel of love is my favorite bruce album. it isn't particularly close.
     
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  10. jdr2187

    jdr2187

    1. Lyle Lovett - Pontiac
    2. John Hiatt - Bring The Family
    3. Erik B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
     
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  11. phaynes12

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    vince gill album is good as hell
     
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  12. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I haven't heard his earliest stuff, but I'm like 7 albums deep with him and he never misses.
     
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  13. phaynes12

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    not his music obviously but he was the MVP of the eagles show. just incredible versions of glenn and randy's songs
     
  14. cshadows2887 Oct 26, 2021
    (Last edited: Oct 26, 2021)
    cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    That doesn't surprise me. For a man who must have more money than God at this point (9 albums at varying multipliers of platinum has to make you bank) he loves to collaborate. He's been working with The Time Jumpers. He produced Ashley Monroe's early stuff. He shows up at guitar festivals to jam. Dude just loves to make music, even if he isn’t the star, and it’s super endearing.
     
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  15. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Checking this out for the first time and holy shit what a record. That BAND!
     
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  16. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    I wish I could cancel the rest of my work meetings for the week and dive into '87. I am looking over my playlist and really looking forward to a lot of these.

    Also - maybe a small petition to stretch these out to two weeks every time, since we are getting into the years where most of us were alive / formative years, lots more to listen to, etc? Just a thought - don't want to kill the convo and drag things out if there's no interest, but it could give each of us some more time for discovery while we lead our presumably busy lives lol
     
  17. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    My preference personally is for a week. But I’m amenable to whatever makes everyone happy
     
  18. phaynes12

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    i would also prefer a week, personally. i don’t feel like the extra week would lead to me listening more to the year-specific stuff. it would probably just lead to me forgetting about the following year more often haha
     
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  19. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    also the threads aren’t going anywhere. i’m not completely finishing my targets every week, so i plan on coming back to this in years in the future
     
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  20. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    Good points- yeah a week is totally cool.
     
  21. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I also plan on circling back through these. Like every February for MWE
     
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  22. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    I listened to The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death by The Housemartins, which I thought was an excellent album title. I thought this was excellent, hugely reminiscent of The Smiths, with the vocalist really sounding like Morrissey on occasions, with that same kind of jangle-y guitar lines that Johnny Marr did. It's not just a tribute or a knock-off though, they're very soulful, and there's plenty of stuff like Simon and Garfunkel in here. Really enjoyed this, will certainly be back for more.
     
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  23. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    yes!!!! Great, oft-forgotten record.

    it's from '86, but their album London 0 Hull 4 is just as good. Check that one out next! The video for "Happy Hour" is a little slice of brilliance too.



    this vid almost reminds me of a British vampire weekend in their personal style. (Not necessarily musically) Enjoy!!
     
  24. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    never heard of that, ill check it out
     
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  25. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    1. U2 - The Joshua Tree
    2. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
    3. Prince - Sign 'O' the Times

    I recently ranked "Where the Streets Have No Name" as my second favorite song of all time, after only "Thunder Road." It's part of, for my money, the greatest opening salvo to an album ever. On the basis of the first three songs alone, The Joshua Tree would be a classic. But it's also got "Running to Stand Still," and "In God's Country," and "Red Hill Mining Town," and "One Tree Hill." Seeing the whole thing live front to back a few years ago was a life-affirming experience. One of my top 10 albums ever.

    Tunnel of Love was, until a year ago, the album I would have pointed to as Springsteen's most heartbreaking. It's a fascinating swerve away from the populist maximalism of Born in the U.S.A. to something so much more introspective and personal. You still have fantastic pop songs ("Tougher Than the Rest," "All That Heaven Will Allow," "Tunnel of Love"), but you also get the loneliest music Springsteen ever made (the four-song suite at the end, from "Brilliant Disguise" to "Valentine's Day"). This is far from my most played Bruce album, just because it's so raw and pained. But man, when I'm in the right mood, there's not much that hits harder than "One Step Up."

    Sign 'O' the Times is just a staggering display of stratospheric talent and boundless artistry. Purple Rain is tighter and more immediate, but some days, I think this might be my favorite Prince album. The way he stretches out and just explores all these different genres and influences is fascinating to hear, and really rewards repeat listens. The last four songs, especially, are such knockouts.
     
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