1987: Favorite Albums
For me personally, 1987 was the greatest year ever for music. I graduated from high school in June and started university in August—along with that transition to higher learning, I also experienced a musical ‘age of enlightenment.’
Two years earlier, my meager music collection was comprised of a couple dozen cassettes, including albums by: A Flock Of Seagulls, The Cars, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, Billy Joel, Howard Jones, Mr. Mister, and Bruce Springsteen, among even more embarrassing selections. After one of those crappy tapes broke, I wisely switched to buying vinyl.
The pivotal purchase that completely and forever changed my appreciation of music was a used copy of Japan’s “Tin Drum”, which I acquired in May 1986 from a beloved but long gone shop in Northeast Philadelphia called The Record Cellar. Hearing the exotic sounds of “Tin Drum” for the first time was a revelation—after that, commercial radio became less listenable.
As my musical tastes matured during 1987, my ears were well nurtured by the many great releases of the period. And now 30 years later, that music endures and remains special—here are my favorite LPs of 1987 (listed alphabetically by artist):
- Cabaret Voltaire “Code”
- The Cure “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”
- Dead Can Dance “Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun”
- Depeche Mode “Music For The Masses”
- Echo & The Bunnymen “Echo & The Bunnymen”
- Erasure “The Circus”
- Bryan Ferry “Bête Noire”
- Front 242 “Official Version”
- INXS “Kick”
- The Jesus And Mary Chain “Darklands”
- Love And Rockets “Earth Sun Moon”
- New Order “Substance”
- Nitzer Ebb “That Total Age”
- Pet Shop Boys “Actually”
- Public Image Limited “Happy?”
- The Sisters Of Mercy “Floodland”
- The Smiths “Stangeways, Here We Come”
- David Sylvian “Secrets Of The Beehive”
- U2 “The Joshua Tree”
- Various Artists “Lonely Is An Eyesore”
A follow-up post will compile some favorite singles from 1987.
When was your greatest year ever for music?