I spent the latter part of 1989 alone in a windowless room writing a thesis. Ironically, I used a version of Windows on one of those ancient Mac II machines having a 7" diagonal screen. Funny how early computers were like 50's TVs. So I really missed half of that year in music.
No whole albums stood out.
Wicked Game by Chris Isaak. Damn, I used to have a taped recording of Curt Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets playing an "unplugged" version of this song on Swiss Public Radio; wish I could find this.
Waiting Room Fugazi from around this time. A friend sent me the cassette from the US and I saw these guys play in Zurich after a huge rainstorm at the Rote Fabrik.
So Alive by Love and Rockets.
Here Comes Your Man and Monkey Gone To Heaven by The Pixies. The Pixies seemed to disappear right after Doolittle came out. They came back though. Bassist Kim Deal split-off and formed an interesting band called The Breeders around this time.
Fight the Power by Public Enemy I actually like this song even though the lyrics spewed some pure racist vitriol. See the comments back here. I heard that POTUS and FLOTUS bonded on a first date over Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing which prominently featured this song
Talent Show by The Replacements. My most beloved band from the Mini-Apple were fading fast. The song sort of captures who the band were and what they meant.
Free Fallin' by Tom Petty from Full Moon Fever.
Love Shack by the B-52's. "Cosmic Thing" was a comeback album of sorts. I didn't realize until putting this together that this song came so late for the B-52's.