Warehouse: Songs and Stories, the final album by Hüsker Dü. Some fans thought this album was a sell-out, or they were disappointed. But it's really the only one that I still listen to. I was fortunate to see them play it just before breaking up. I can't find a YouTube of my favorite, Ice Cold Ice, so These Important Years will have to do.
"Heuvos" by the Meat Puppets. Their best album IMHO Just Look At the Rain!
The Joshua Tree by U2 came out in '87. No hype necessary. With Or Without You & Still Haven't Found.
Just Like Heaven The Cure
Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round by the Dead Kennedys. Totally irreverent. No wonder Tipper Gore went after Jello Biafra.
Pipeline by Stevie Ray Vaughn & Dick Dale. Instrumental surf languished for years and years. Truly an American (Californian!) musical genre, it did see some resurgence which I will get to shortly. Bands like Agent Orange even kept it going in the punk genre. BTW, I wrote about Dale back here in a wistful way. Turns out that rumors of his imminent demise were greatly exaggerated.
True Faith by New Order. Earnest band IMHO.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers caused a riot in Fort Collins when they played College Days that year. With the kind of lyrics in Special Secret Song Inside, who can blame the youths?
Pour Some Sugar On Me Hair bands like Def Leppard became endangered species. Hi Darcy!
La Bamba Los Lobos redid the old Ritchie Valens tune. Ritchie Valens died in the same plane as Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
The One I Love and It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) from R.E.M.'s almost epic Document. Truth be told, Michael Stipe and his "attitude" were starting to become evident.
Touch of Grey Grateful Dead I saw them (again) around this time at the gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheater west of Denver. Red Rocks is a shining example of a "good" depression-era WPA/CCC project.
20 years after the Summer of Love they sang:
I see you've got your fist out, say your piece and get out.
Guess I get the gist of it, but, it's alright.
Sorry that you feel that way, the only thing there is to say:
Every silver lining's got a touch of grey.
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, by--I will survive.
Lips Like Sugar Echo & The Bunnymen Pure sugary pop! My wife hates this song. I like it because it reminds me of her at that time.
Birthday by the Sugarcubes. Weird band from Iceland made it into my iTunes.
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. Shane MacGowan kind of blurs his sleech in the song and so here's a version with lyrics. link