• 610 Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby

    610 Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby

    In July of 1987 Terence Trent D’Arby released his debut studio album. Darly Easlea: “a soundtrack to the turning point when the 80s turned from austerity to prosperity. It’s as central to that decade as the much-seen image of the city trader waving his wad of banknotes to the camera. It remains one big, infectiously…

  • 609 U2 – The Joshua Tree

    609 U2 – The Joshua Tree

    In March of 1987 U2 released their 5th studio album. It is one of the best selling albums of all time, and is included in many a critic’s best albums of al time. Lets talk U2, The Joshua Tree!

  • 608 Pet Shop Boys – Actually

    608 Pet Shop Boys – Actually

    In September of 1987 Pet Shop Boys released their Sophomore studio album. A loose critique on Thatcherism, the album was written in response to that harpy’s perceived re-election. It has appeared on a number of “must listen” lists and deservedly so. Let’s talk Pet Shop Boys, Actually!

  • 607 Michael Jackson – Bad

    607 Michael Jackson – Bad

    In August of 1987 Michael Jackson released his 7th studio album. Coming a full five years after his worldwide #1 best selling album of all time, Thriller, expectations were astronomical from his follow-up. The results? Another best selling album of all time, 9 single out of the 11 tracks, and what a number of critics…

  • 606 The Triffids – Calenture

    606 The Triffids – Calenture

    In November of 1987 The Triffids released their 4th studio album. The album title is taken from the term describing sailors getting brain sick after being at sea too long (a feeling the band identified with during the long back and forth flights to England to record the album). It was the most produced album…

  • 605 Sonic Youth – Sister

    605 Sonic Youth – Sister

    In June of 1987 Sonic Youth released their 4th studio album. The band continues their transition from No Wave to more traditional song structures but not ones to shy away from the avant-garde, the album is a loose concept record, the title itself is a reference to author Philip K. Dick’s fraternal twin who died…

  • 604 Napalm Death – Scum

    604 Napalm Death – Scum

    MP3 Audio [36 MB]DownloadShow URL In July of 1987 Napalm Death released their debut studio album. Pioneering the Grindcore sub-genre of Extreme Heavy Metal, these Meriden teens went faster and harder than any other band had to the point, so much so that they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the…

  • 603 Laibach – Opus Dei

    603 Laibach – Opus Dei

    In March of 1987 Laibach released their 3rd studio album. Championing the new to us genre of Martial Industrial, the band dressed themselves onstage in their conscripted military uniforms, played disturbing 35 millimeter films, and subverted the musical stylings of such pop icons as The Beatles and Queen. Lets talk Laibach, Opus Dei!

  • 602 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu

    602 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu

    In 1987 Ladysmith Black Mambazo released their 25th album. Following their work on Paul Simon’s Graceland, the group found themselves riding a much deserved wave of hype. This time with Simon producing, the band got their first international hit and won themselves a Grammy in the process. Lets talk Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Shaka Zulu!

  • 601 The Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands

    601 The Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands

    In August of 1987, The Jesus and Mary Chain released their second studio album. It was the first one to feature drum machines, on account of their original drummer leaving the band to front Primal Scream. The album would peak at number five on the British charts, making it their best sales preforming record to…

  • 600 Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction

    600 Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction

    In July of 1987 Guns N Roses released their debut studio album. Sales wise, the album floundered for the first year, selling only two hundred thousand units and battling Aerosmith’s return and hit makers, Def Leppard; it took the lobbying efforts of Geffen to convinces MTV to play the video for Welcome to The Jungle…

  • 599 The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come

    599 The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come

    In September of 1987 The Smiths released their fourth and final studio album. Tensions between Morrissey and Johnny Marr had been growing steadily regarding musical direction and all that came to a head with this recording. Orchestration and voicing are at their lushest, and Morrissey’s witty prose is sharpened to a razor’s edge. Lets talk…

  • 598 Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton – The New Tango

    598 Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton – The New Tango

    In July of 1986 Astor Piazzolla (featuring Gary Burton) recorded a live concert at the Montreux Festival. Written and composed by Piazzolla over a 40 year period (with some arrangements specifically made for Burton), this document of virtuosity is absolutely astonishing. Lets talk Astor Piazzola & Gary Burton, The New Tango!

  • 597 Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician

    597 Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician

    In the year 1987 Butthole Surfers released their third studio album. Sick and tired of being on the road and broke, the band opted to purchase an Ampex 8 track tape machine, two microphones, and recorded the entire album themselves in a two bedroom apartment they were renting in Winterville, GA. The limitations of the…

  • 596 Hüsker Dü – Warehouse Songs and Stories

    596 Hüsker Dü – Warehouse Songs and Stories

    In January of 1987 Hüsker Dü released their 6th & final album. Let’s talk Hüsker Dü, Warehouse Songs and Stories!

  • 595 George Michael – Faith

    595 George Michael – Faith

    In October of 1987 George Michael released his debut solo album. Nine tracks, seven charting singles, winner of Album of The Year, and one of the best selling records of all time. Lets talk George Michael, Faith!

  • 594 Sisters of Mercy – Floodland

    594 Sisters of Mercy – Floodland

    In November of 1987 Sisters of Mercy released their 2nd Studio album. This is the record that launched a thousand capes. Let’s talk Sisters of Mercy, Floodland!

  • 593 Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses

    593 Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses

    In September of 1987 Depeche Mode released their 6th studio album. Considered by many a fan and critic to be one of their finer outings, the subsequent tour would also bequeath us the fine tour documentary, 101. Lets talk Depeche Mode, Music for the Masses!

  • 592 The Cult – Electric

    592 The Cult – Electric

    In April of 1987 The Cult released their 3rd studio album. Gone are the days of the band’s goth phase, this time opting to have none other than rap and heavy metal producer Rick Rubin come in and sculpt a new sonic trajectory for the group. Lets talk The Cult, Electric!

  • 591 Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times

    591 Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times

    In March of 1987 Prince released his ninth studio album. Spanning two discs and coming in at 80 plus minutes over 16 tracks, this critically lauded opus does not disappoint. Lets talk Prince, Sign ‘O’ the Times!

  • 590 R.E.M. – Document

    590 R.E.M. – Document

    In August of 1987 R.E.M released their 5th studio album. The first of a decade’s worth of records to be produced by Scott Litt, the band dials in their tone with an eye on the mainstream and wind up with their first of many platinum selling successes. Let’s talk R.E.M, Document!

  • 589 Def Leppard – Hysteria

    589 Def Leppard – Hysteria

    In August of 1987 Def Leppard released their fourth studio album. Produced by Mutt Lange over the course of three years, the record became an unstoppable glam pop juggernaut, spawning 7 singles, and selling over 12,000,000 copies stateside. It rules! Lets talk Def Leppard, Hysteria!

  • 588 Dolly Parton Linda Ronstadt Emmylou Harris – Trio

    588 Dolly Parton Linda Ronstadt Emmylou Harris – Trio

    In March of 1987 a who’s who of country stars featuring Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt released their first collaboration. It received all the accolades, was nominated for a ton of awards, won a few of them, and is just a delight for the ears. Let’s talk Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou…

  • 587 Dinosaur Jr. -You’re Living All Over Me

    587 Dinosaur Jr. -You’re Living All Over Me

    In December of 1987 Dinosaur Jr. released their second studio album. Hailed by critics and bands alike as a landmark record in the burgeoning indie/alternative genre, inspiring both Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine and showing the punks that guitar solos are still cool. Lets talk Dinosaur Jr., You’re Living All Over Me!