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1989 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Nov 8, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation won 1988. Let's see who wins 1989, other than my birth.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1989:
    Anita Baker - Giving You the Best That I Got (cont. from '88)
    Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel (cont. from '88)
    Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction (cont. from '87)
    Debbie Gibson - Electric Youth
    Tone Loc - Loc-ed After Dark
    Madonna - Like a Prayer
    Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw and the Cooked
    Prince - Batman
    Richard Marx - Repeat Offender
    New Kids on the Block - Hangin Tough
    Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True
    Paul Abdul - Forever Your Girl
    Motley Crue - Doctor Feelgood
    Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814
    Billy Joel - Storm Front
    Phil Collins - But Seriously

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1989:
    Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn (cont. from '88)
    Bobby Brown - My Prerogative (cont. from '88)
    Phil Collins - Two Hearts (cont. from '88)
    Sheriff - When I'm With You (from '83)
    Paula Abdul - Straight Up (cont. from '88)
    Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes (cont. from '88)
    Mike and the Mechanics - Living Years (cont. from '88)
    The Bangles - Eternal Flame (cont. from '88)
    Roxette - The Look (cont. from '88)
    Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
    Madonna - Like a Prayer
    Bon Jovi - I'll Be There For You
    Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
    Michael Damian - Rock On
    Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings
    New Kids on the Block - I'll Be Loving You Forever
    Richard Marx - Satisfied
    Milli Vanilli - Baby Don't Forget My Number
    Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing
    Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now
    Martika - Toy Soldiers
    Prince - Batdance
    Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
    Paula Abdul - Cold Hearted
    New Kids on the Block - Hangin Tough
    Gloria Estefan - Dont Wanna Lose You
    Milli Vanilli _ Girl I'm Gonna Miss You
    Janet Jackson - MIss You Much
    Roxette - Listen to Your Heart
    Bad English - When I See You Smile
    Milli Vanilli - Blame It On the Rain
    Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire
    Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise

    What are your top three albums for 1989? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    2. Pixies - Doolittle
    3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

    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

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    absolutely brutal year. so good.

    4. The Cure - Disintegration
    5. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
    6. Nirvana - Bleach
    7. Bad Religion - No Control
    8. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Automatic
    9. Bob Mould - Workbook
    10. Fugazi - 13 Songs

    other honorable mentions:
    10,000 maniacs - blind man’s zoo
    all - allroy’s revenge
    godflesh - streetcleaner
    morbid angel - altars of madness
    new order - technique
    nine inch nails - pretty hate machine
    primal scream - primal scream
    the replacements - don’t tell a soul
    the rolling stones - steel wheels
    soundgarden - louder than love
    spacemen 3 - playing with fire
    stevie ray vaughn - in step

    stuff to check out:
    the blue nile - hats
    camper van beethoven - key lime pie
    chris isaak - heart shaped world
    de la soul - 3 feet high and rising
    don henley - the end of innocence
    dream theater - when dream and day unite
    elvis costello - spike
    garth brooks - garth brooks
    george strait - beyond the blue neon
    ice t - the iceberg
    kate bush - the sensual world
    madonna - like a prayer
    prince - batman
    psychedelic furs - book of days
    rollins band - hard volume
    roy orbison - mystery girl
    sepulture - beneath the remains
    todd rundgren - nearly human
    vince gill - when i call your name
    voivod - nothing face
    white zombie - make them die slowly
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  3. OhTheWater Nov 8, 2021
    (Last edited: Nov 8, 2021)

    Let it run Supporter

    1. The Blue Nile - Hats
    2. The Cure - Disintegration
    3. Fugazi - 13 Songs

    What a year!

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  4. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    I think things are gonna get wild once we get to the 90s where a lot of us were consuming music as it was coming out and there's going to be a bigger variety of albums that different people have on their lists, etc
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    I'm excited to see how these lists start to vary going forward!

    I've been creating playlists of albums I've missed year by year based off these thread - way too much music to try and consume but looking forward to checking out all these albums over time

    I've just started to get into Bruce Springsteen over the last couple of weeks because of these threads and I'm a big fan!
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  6. Gianni28


    this year is absurd, I think I'll be ranking 20 just for fun.
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  7. George

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    1. Fugazi - 13 Songs
    2. Kate Bush - The Sensual World
    3. The Cure - Disintegration

    Fugazi's debut of sorts (it's their two EPs not a "proper" album), but shows them taking the emotional angry 80s DC hardcore and taking it into different directions, influenced by reggae and Bad Brains especially. Some of the all time greatest punk / post hardcore / indie rock songs appear on here, a must listen.

    The Sensual World is Bush's follow up to Hounds of Love, and sensibly doesn't try to do the same thing again. Closing track, "This Woman's Work" might be my all time favourite power ballad.

    Disintegration might be the best Cure album, a long dense masterpiece, full of synths and shoe-gazy esque guitar tones. Robert Smith didn't lose his knack of writing brilliant pop songs with tracks like Lovesong or Pictures of You.

    Honourable mentions;

    De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising: A classic golden age hip hop record, a positive joyous hip-hop record, with some fantastic singles.

    Nirvana - Bleach: Nirvana's debit, rough and scuzzy, but all the signs that they'd be the biggest band in the world in a couple of years.

    Minor Threat - Complete Discography: A compilation, but with everything they recorded only coming in at about 45 minutes, it feels like an album. You can hear their progression too, starting to move away from the short, furious hardcore that starts the album.

    Bad Religion - No Control: Another great Bad Religion album, with my favourite Bad Religion track, "You" (though that's probably because it was on Tony Hawks 2).

    Stone Roses - Stone Roses: The hugely influential Manchester band's debut album, and with them at their absolute best here. Incredible sort of psychedelic indie rock, and incredible guitar sounds.

    808 State - 90: Really early dance / techno music pioneers, a fantastic and influential house album, also from Manchester.
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  8. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    I’d check out A Walk Across Rooftops too if you dig Hats! Maybe even do that first. Perfect weather for both right now
  9. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Shit I didn’t realize 13 Songs was this year. That should be 3 for me. Let me edit
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  10. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Man if the weather is right (which it is) and I’m in a certain mood (which I am), you could sell me on either of the first two Blue Nile records being the best of all time
  11. cshadows2887 Nov 8, 2021
    (Last edited: Nov 8, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Phil Collins - ...But Seriously
    2. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
    3. Eric Clapton - Journeyman

    Excruciating cuts:
    Richard Marx - Repeat Offender
    Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time
    Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814
    Billy Joel - Storm Front

    Others I love:
    Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl
    Mary Chapin Carpenter - State of the Heart
    Lou Reed - New York
    Rush - Presto
    The Cure - Disintegration
    Prince - Batman
    Don Henley - The End of the Innocence
    The Replacements - Don't Tell a Soul
    Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
    Warren Zevon - Transverse City
    Neil Young - Freedom
    George Strait - Beyond the Blue Neon
    Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule
    The Blue Nile - Hats

    Good ones:
    Eurythmics - We Too Are One
    Madonna - Like a Prayer
    Babyface - Tender Lover
    Tommy Keene - Based on Happy Times
    Joe Cocker - One Night of Sin
    Galaxie 500 - On Fire
    The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels
    Blue Murder - Blue Murder
    De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
    Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    R. Carlos Nakai - Canyon Trilogy
    Pixies - Doolittle
    Tears for Fears - The Seeds of Love
    Aerosmith - Pump
    Melissa Etheridge - Brave and Crazy
    Mavis Staples - Time Waits for No One
    Tracy Chapman - Crossroads
    Don Barnes - Don Barnes
    Annie Haslam - Annie Haslam
    Tina Turner - Foreign Affair
    Elvis Costello - Spike
    Elton John - Sleeping with the Past
    Fernando Saunders - Cashmere Dream

    Archival releases that would make the list:
    Jelly Roll Morton - Volume 1
    Muddy Waters - The Chess Box

    Targets for listening:
    Jackson Browne - World in Motion
    Faith No More - The Real Thing
    Rickie Lee Jones - Flying Cowboys
    Cyndi Lauper - A Night to Remember
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk
    808 State - 808: 90
    Barry Adamson - Moss Side Story
    Kate Bush - The Sensual World
    Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi
    Coldcut - What's That Noise
    Firehose - Fromohio
    Fugazi - 13 Songs
    John Lee Hooker - The Healer
    Jungle Brothers - Done by the Forces of Nature
    Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck - Djam Leelii
    New Order - Technique
    Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen
    Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. One
    Spacemen 3 - Playing with FIre
    Young Gods - L'Eau Rouge
    John Zorn - Spy vs. Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman
    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - In Step
    The Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon
    Bob Mould - Workbook
    XTC - Oranges and Lemons
    Terence Trent D'Arby - Neither Fish Nor Flesh
    Caetano Veloso - Estrangiero
    Daniel Lanois - Acadie
    Quincy Jones - Back on the Block
    NRBQ - Wild Weekend
    Michael Bolton - Soul Provider
    Gloria Estefan - Cuts Both Ways
    Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls
    Love and Rockets - Love and Rockets
    Nirvana - Bleach
    Simply Red - A New Flame
    Deacon Blue - When the World Knows Your Name
    Maria McKee - Maria McKee
    Linda Ronstadt - Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
    Clint Black - Killin' Time
    Bad English - Bad English

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  12. tomdelonge


    Technique is my favorite New Order album. Def worth a check out
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  13. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    So many great records hard to pick just three.
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  14. Gianni28


    1. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
    2. Nirvana - Bleach
    3. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
    4. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    5. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk
    6. The Cure - Disintegration
    7. Tears For Fears - The Seeds Of Love
    8. Pixies - Doolittle
    9. Soundgarden - Louder Than Love
    10. XTC - Oranges & Lemons
    11. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    12. Bad Religion - No Control
    13. New Order - Technique
    14. The Ocean Blue - The Ocean Blue
    15. Bob Mould - Workbook
    16. Fugazi - 13 Songs
    17. The B-52's - Cosmic Thing
    18. The Smithereens - Smithereens 11
    19. Operation Ivy - Operation Ivy
    20. Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt

    Good Ones/Need to Listen More:
    Aerosmith - Pump
    Billy Joel - Storm Front
    The Blue Nile - Hats
    The Cult - Sonic Temple
    Don Henley - The End of the Innocence
    Elvis Costello - Spike
    Eric Clapton - Journeyman
    Faith No More - The Real Thing
    Galaxie 500 - On Fire
    Gorilla Biscuits - Start Today
    Guided By Voices - Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia
    The Jesus and Mary Chain - Automatic
    Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule
    Love And Rockets - Love And Rockets
    Mudhoney - Mudhoney
    The Offspring - The Offspring (Holy shit their debut was from this year?!)
    Phil Collins - ...But Seriously
    Phish - Junta
    Primal Scream - Primal Scream
    Prince - Batman
    Queen - The Miracle
    The Replacements - Don't Tell A Soul
    The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels
    Rush - Presto
    Slint - Tweez
    Todd Rundgren - Nearly Human
    Tommy Keene - Based On Happy Times
    808 State - Ninety
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  15. Gianni28


    My pick for forgotten gem of '89 - by The Ocean Blue. Super underrated band from Hershey, PA which is about an hour from where I grew up. I was too young to really recall, pretty sure this song was a moderate MTV hit for them. I know my Dad was a big fan considering they were local boys. They went on to make better full albums than their debut, but this song is undeniable. AND CHECK OUT THE EPIC BOWL CUT!

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  16. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I was really looking forward to giving that Richard Marx album a vote in the tally, as it would have been my #1 in a couple of previous years. But this year is just too goddamn good
  17. Gianni28


    I just had one of those moments... "Richard Marx, Richard Marx, who.... do I know any songs by this guy...." *checks Spotify* "OHHHHH! He's the Right Here Waiting guy!" I feel like there are so many of those songs from the 80s where I KNOW the song by heart but was too young to know/care who sang it. Will add the album to my list to check out.
  18. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    It’s easy to peg him as “cheesy”, and I wouldn’t blame anyone if they did, but “That Was Lulu”’s filler aside, it’s wall to wall with hooks, production craft, and really passionate songs. You just have to be willing to go with the arena touches
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  19. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    no votes for red hot chili peppers will be counted

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  20. Gianni28


    I thought we only tallied votes for top 3 anyway, right?
  21. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    it was a joke. yes. i just don’t like them lol
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  22. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    1. Queen - The Miracle
    2. The Cure - Disintegration
    3. Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt
    4. Billy Joel - Storm Front
    5. Nirvana - Bleach
    6. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

    first listens I was into:

    Aerosmith - Pump
    Elvis Costello - Spike
    Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson' Rhythm Nation 1814
    XTC - Oranges & Lemons
    Underworld - Change The World
    Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
    Stevie Nicks - The Other Side of the Mirror
    Don Henley - The End of the Innocence
    New Order - Technique
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  23. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    1989 mix

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  24. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    love something in your life as much as steve loves the members of the beatles
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  25. Gianni28


    LOL - I can be guilty of this too for sure.

    Fact I did not even know that Flowers in the Dirt existed until Sunday when delving into this years' playlist. I listened to it and was actually pleasantly surprised, hence sneaking it into my Top 20 with some bias lol.

    When reading about the song "This One" on Wiki, I learned likely why I had never heard of it before:

    "Like other songs from Flowers in the Dirt, despite the song's modest chart success, to date it has not been included on any McCartney compilation album."
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