Okay then… where were we?
Sorry about the break — I got sick and neglected my Casey Kasem-esque duties.
I remember 1987 vividly. I remember The Joshua Tree — I remember having a poster of Sting up on my wall. I remember R.E.M. becoming huge — was this the “birth” of alternative music? It’s funny — by the time I got to high school a couple of years later, everyone was talking about “alternative music” and it was all the music I was listening to — all everyone I knew was listening to. I wondered what it was alternative to. Whitney Houston?
U2 – The Joshua Tree
You’ve heard Where the Streets Have No Name, and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and With or Without You….
But this song always gets me.
The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
This album is actually an acquired taste — it doesn’t have the hits on it that the casual Cure fan would know, except for Just Like Heaven. But the opening track — The Kiss — is blistering. So beautiful and pure in its anger.
Marillion – Clutching at Straws
Again, I didn’t discover Marillion until long afterward, but I love this album — it’s Fish’s (the lead singer) last album with the band — a paean to excess and decadence with bittersweet overtones about burning out. SO many great metaphors in the lyrics — Warm Wet Circles is fantastic.
REM – Document
A friend and I use this album as a sort of benchmark for a band’s perfect album. We’ll say — it’s their Document. I liked R.E.M. up to this point, I loved them ever afterward.
The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come
Okay… stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before….
Sting – Nothing Like the Sun
Admittedly, I haven’t listened to this one in a while — but in writing this, I remembered why I loved this album, and will be listening to it today.
INXS – Kick
I got this from my grandmother for Christmas. It bored me at first, and then it grew on me.