1001 Album Club
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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!
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 shortly after birth, and who's spirit haunted Dick for the rest of his days. Lets talk Sonic Youth, Sister!
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!
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!
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 date. Lets talk The Jesus and Mary Chain, Darklands!
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 once a night for three nights, becoming the most viewer requested video of the time, and finally launching this rock n roll juggernaut to the top of the Billboard charts by August 1987. Lets talk Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction!
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 The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come!
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!
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 technology mixed with the freedom to record whenever they felt like (in between bong rips and massive doses of hallucinogens) made for one of the most influential and disturbing albums of the 80s. Lets talk Butthole Surfers, Locust Abortion Technician!
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!
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!