You’re going to have to forgive me if I get spotty and miss a day or two, darlings — I’m doing some heavy editing (like heavy petting — no less sweaty, but with less friction) for the upcoming book, and it’s a time consuming process.
As the ’80s drew to a close, you’ll notice a distinct lack of synth-pop. Loud guitars were coming back into vogue, as well as the beginning of a folk revival — this would, interestingly enough, give birth to the sort of hard/soft dynamic that characterized a lot of ’90s grunge.
The Pogues – If I shoud fall from grace with god
This is probably the most recognizable Pogues tune, except for maybe a Fairytale of New York (also on this fantastic album.)
Morrissey – Viva Hate
Suedehead — you know, Morrissey dabbled in some dodgy things — skinhead culture being one of them. Still — a great tune.
Pixies – Surfer Rosa
Iconic. So many great tunes on this album. Cactus. Gigantic. And this one, which you may recognize from the closing of Fight Club.
Joni Mitchell – Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm
A lot of great musicians on this album — including this duet with Peter Gabriel
Timbuk3 – Eden Alley
I told you this album was great. I just found it on vinyl, still in plastic. Score.
This debut album is fantastic, and I played the music right off the cassette in high school.
U2 – Rattle & Hum
I remember getting this album for Christmas this year, and playing it non-stop. I understand now why the critics shit all over it — first, because they’re critics, and second, because it felt like a fan album. What the critics didn’t seem to understand was that U2’s fans LOVED that… the idea that these big famous rock stars lost their shit and went all fanboy at Graceland, or at SUN records. I love this album still. Fuck the critics.
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
Just listen. Before Nirvana, before Smashing Pumpkins, before The Strokes, there was Sonic Youth.
The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
Played the shit out of this album over the years. Need a new LP, if anyone’s listening.
R.E.M – Green
I still have no idea what this song means. But I love it.
Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
MELLOW YOUR MIND. When I used to play Sweet Jane, I played it this way. Lou loved it, too.
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
Flashback to 1988, and this fantastic album will get under your skin. I wish I could tell you she made 20 more great albums, but the best I can say is she married Paul Simon.