1987! The Albums That Were Made 25 Years Ago! Part One!
Just step over Mr. Kordosh. He's prepping to write another installment of Framed, Y! Music's other well-edited blog, by leaning heavily on the Sambuca, while Miss Lyndsey is the one in the penthouse with the spreadsheet keeping track of every contestant to ever appear on a TV talent show. She gets better digs than the rest of us, since people actually read her blog. Dave only comes in to collect his mail, so he can blog about it. I'm the guy down here in the basement, with a thrilling view of a wall!
Anyhow, on the master list I compiled, there were over 170 choices and this is 1987 we're talking about! Granted a good number of these albums are esoteric highlights known best -- and maybe only -- by people who had either a professional obligation at the time or a stint as a college DJ. I held records such as These Immortal Souls' Get Lost (Don't Lie), Game Theory's Lolita Nation and Microdisney's Crooked Mile in my hands and it felt good. Money was tight for a young college lad, so playing these records, vinyl LPs, on the radio was the only chance I had to get up close and personal.
Now the question remains, how many lists can I assemble about 1987 before you walk and turn slowly away? Astute readers of this column, that means you, sense there will be a column celebrating the 40th Anniversary of 1972, a year I've always considered pretty darn special. But we have to pace ourselves! One history lesson at a time.
This list features a smattering of everything: hits, mainstream junk that was hard to believe anyone wanted, college radio indie stuff…and it's missing key albums saved for Part Two. Wait till you see that one! (Feel the anticipation!!!) In fact, staring at this list, there are way too many old people on it and many albums I would never listen to knowingly. But they're big names!
25) Jethro Tull -- Crest of A Knave: The album won the 1989 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Performance, Vocal or Instrumental, making it a legendary album in ways the band could never have foreseen. The album itself was released in September 1987 and I've never met anyone who bought it. Bands who made their reputation in the 1960s and 1970s often had their new material played on the emerging "Classic Rock" radio formats, however, sane people preferred the older output. The 1980s were not kind to veteran musicians.
24) Mick Jagger -- Primitive Cool: Now this old pro, on the other hand, he…yeah, nobody took this seriously either. No one believed Mick as proletariat man on the Dave Stewart co-write "Let's Work" and I don't think anyone's ever made it to the six-and-a-half minute finale, "War Baby." As a Stones die-hard, I enjoyed the Jeff Beck-featured single "Throwaway," so maybe Mick should've just made a single and made me happy.