From one George to another, today we have the #1 selling album of 1988, which was released in late 1987. Having left his partnership in Wham!, George Michael released his blockbuster debut album, “Faith”, and it was a massive success. Wanting to put himself in the same category as Prince and Michael Jackson asContinue reading “George Michael “Faith” (1987)”
Since the breakup of the Beatles, I have tried to pick some of the best solo work from John, Paul and George, as they each had their moments of success working on their own, or with others. This time, it is George’s turn again, with his well-regarded collaboration with Jeff Lynne from Electric LightContinue reading “George Harrison “Cloud Nine” (1987)”
From jangly guitars to UK synth-pop, today we have the UK new wave duo, the Pet Shop Boys, and their second album, “Actually”. I wasn’t sure which collection of songs this album included, which I will come back to later, but it is album #435 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of AllContinue reading “Pet Shop Boys “Actually” (1987)”
The subplot that is my personal journey through the catalog of R.E.M. continues today with their fifth album, “Document”. So far, this journey has been a bit marred by inconsistent releases, and I’m still looking for that top-to-bottom great record from R.E.M. “Document” comes much closer than any of their first four albums, andContinue reading “R.E.M. “Document” (1987)”
It took almost five years, but Michael Jackson finally released his follow-up to “Thriller”, with his next album, “Bad”. It proved to be another massive commercial success for Jackson, and at one point “Thriller” and “Bad” were the top two selling albums of all time. Working with producer Quincy Jones for the 3rd andContinue reading “Michael Jackson “Bad” (1987)”
Another massively successful rock album today, although the contrasts with Guns N’ Roses are notable. In some regards, I looked at Guns N’ Roses as a much-needed reset as British pop-metal giants Def Leppard return with “Hysteria”. More mainstream in sound, “Hysteria” dominated the airwaves and music television with every bit the same levelContinue reading “Def Leppard “Hysteria” (1987)”
One of the best and most iconic hard rock albums ever, as well as one of the best debut albums ever, today we have “Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses. This album was a complete game-changer for many of us, snapping the rock world out of the increasingly glam and pop-laden metal trends,Continue reading “Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction” (1987)”
An interesting selection today, we have the album “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby”. The artist, whose name is in the album title, changed his name to Sananda Maitreya in 2001, so I will refer to him as such from this point on in this summary. This album was not only aContinue reading “Sananda Maitreya “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby” (1987)”
“Thinkin’ of a master plan…” Yes, today is the today we take a quantum leap forward in the world of hip-hop with the debut album from Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full”. The genre of hip-hop had been building momentum throughout the decade, starting with Grandmaster Flash, The Sugarhill Gang, and more recently,Continue reading “Eric B. and Rakim “Paid in Full” (1987)”
Another spectacular 1980s classic today, with The Cure and their double album “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me”. Led by vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith, they have such a unique contrast of dark and haunting, along with the occasional burst of sunshine that shines through on a song like “Just Like Heaven” or “FridayContinue reading “The Cure “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me” (1987)”
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