Best Album on My Favourite Albums of......1987!!

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OptionVotes
Prince – Sign O’ the Times 20
Sonic Youth – Sister 12
The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me 7
David Sylvian – Secrets of The Beehive 7
The Replacements – Pleased To Meet Me 6
Pet Shop Boys – Actually 6
U2 – The Joshua Tree 5
Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technican 5
Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full 5
REM – Document 4
Spacemen 3 – The Perfect Prescription 4
Dinosaur Jr – Youre Living All Over Me 4
Guns N’Roses – Appetite For Destruction 4
Alexander O’Neal – Hearsay 3
The Smiths – Strangeways Here I Come 3
The Young Gods – s/t 2
Sinead O’Connor – The Lion and The Cobra 2
The Bats – Daddy’s Highway 2
INXS – Kick 2
Jane Siberry - The Walking 2
Bathory – Under The Sign of the Black Mark 2
Swans – Children Of God 1
Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing The Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby 1
The Chills – Brave Words 1
Tom Waits – Franks Wild Years 1
The Proclaimers – This Is the Story 1
Celtic Frost – Into The Pandemonium 1
The Wedding Present – George Best 1
Thin White Rope – Moonhead 1
Screaming Trees - Even If And Especially When 1
Public Enemy –Yo! Bum Rush The Show 1
Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses 1
Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night 1
George Michael – Faith 1
Happy Mondays - Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People… 1
Meat Puppets - Mirage 1
Def Leppard – Hysteria 1
Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments 1
Michael Jackson - Bad 1
Big Black – Songs About Fucking 1
Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded 1
Momus – The Poison Boyfriend 0
Nitzer Ebb – That Total Age 0
Blind Idiot God – s/t 0
Half Man Half Biscuit – Back Again in The DHSS 0
Pixies – Come on Pilgrim 0
Husker Du – Warehouse Songs and Stories 0
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Darklands 0
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love 0
The Go-Betweens – Tallulah 0


. (Michael B), Friday, 31 May 2019 16:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I knew before even clicking on this that it was gonna be Prince.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 31 May 2019 16:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hmm. Either Bathory or Sonic Youth.

pomenitul, Friday, 31 May 2019 16:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Obligatory grousing: no Dead Can Dance? Napalm Death?

pomenitul, Friday, 31 May 2019 16:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

a ridiculous array or great albums, but one of them is Sign O The Times

The following are also straight classics:

Alexander O’Neal – Hearsay
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
David Sylvian – Secrets of The Beehive
Dinosaur Jr – Youre Living All Over Me
Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The Night
Guns N’Roses – Appetite For Destruction
REM – Document
Sonic Youth – Sister
Spacemen 3 – The Perfect Prescription
The Replacements – Pleased To Meet Me
The Wedding Present – George Best

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Friday, 31 May 2019 16:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

pomenitul:

I was slightly tempted to include Napalm Death but theres nothing Id take off the list to include it

Dead Can Dance were always a bit too portentous for me (from what i've heard) but I'm willing to concede that I havent given them a fair shake either

. (Michael B), Friday, 31 May 2019 16:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Fair enough!

pomenitul, Friday, 31 May 2019 16:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm going with SISTER - favourite album from a favourite band. 100% excellence

. (Michael B), Friday, 31 May 2019 16:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I dont know why I included "Warehouse songs and stories", not even Du fans like that one. I was never a fan of it apart from 4 or 5 songs tbh.

. (Michael B), Friday, 31 May 2019 16:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

steppong out of this one, can't decide between Prince and Sister

thomasintrouble, Friday, 31 May 2019 17:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sign O’ the Times, yep.

Not on the list: Keith Sweat’s debut Make It Last Forever. Indestructible classic.

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 May 2019 17:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

prince

flappy bird, Friday, 31 May 2019 17:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I would've went for Redd Kross - Neurotica if it had been there.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I guess those first Chicago House compilations deserve an extremely honourable mention as well.

Thinking especially of The House Sound of Chicago, Volume 2 - Chicago Trax on Trax/London Records (Volume 1 was released in 1986) and Jackmaster Volume 1 on Westside Records.

breastcrawl, Friday, 31 May 2019 19:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Pleased To Meet Me over Sign O' the Times, mainly for sentimental reasons; the former was my intro to the 'Mats and still my fave of their records. I didn't get either until the mid-90s (ditto Tunnel of Love) though.

Otherwise, we're finally at a time where I actually would have heard some of these when they were new-ish: Bad, Faith, Kick and The Joshua Tree are monster albums that also got a lot of play on my parents' stereo, in my dad's car and on my bulky, yellow Sports walkman. My mom wouldn't let me have Appetite for Destruction.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Friday, 31 May 2019 20:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I want to run

brimstead, Friday, 31 May 2019 20:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

prince, the bats, or eric b and rakim

k3vin k., Friday, 31 May 2019 20:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hearsay no question

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 31 May 2019 20:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tempted to vote for Document even though it's one of the weaker IRS albums. First REM album I ever owned.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 31 May 2019 21:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The hardest choice for me so far...Brave Words or The Walking. Went with the former but only just!

yugi ex, Friday, 31 May 2019 21:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

not the best of all years. i'd have gone for the world won't listen but as it isn't here i take their last album strangeways. it is quite an amazing and mysterious album, not their best but better than their first.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 31 May 2019 22:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ooh I'd love to hear those Chicago House comps

. (Michael B), Friday, 31 May 2019 22:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i would like to protest that picture

1987 was a shit year but it deserves better than that

locust abortion technician

apocrypha time

the apostles - equinox screams
candle tribe - nothing but a feelin'
the chemistry set - s/t
chin-chin - stop! your crying
the chrysanthemums - is that a fish on your shoulder or are you just pleased to see me?
Cappella Musicale di San Petronio di Bologna - l'orfeo
danny thompson - whatever
doctor nerve - armed observation
eric lou root - don't worry
game theory - lolita nation (critical omission)
the gibson bros. - big pine boogie
h.e.x. - the power house tapes
hanan bulubulu - '87 concert
hugo largo - drum
katsumi horii project - hot is cool
kazue sawai - eye to eye
lenny pickett with the borneo horns - s/t
mahlathini - the lion of soweto
na-mi - vol. 08
negativland - escape from noise
poison - into the abyss
sein chit tl - new arrangements for hsaing ensemble
shelleyan orphan - helleborine
sort sol - the violent bear it away
squirrel bait - skag heaven (another critical omission)
sri maharani ghazal muar - tudung periuk
the steppes - drop of the creature
steve fisk - 448 deathless days
unseen terror - human error
ut - early life live
valentin clastrier - grands maitres de la vielle a roue
yasuaki shimizu - music for commercials
yvonne chaka chaka - i'm burning up
zag and the coloured beads - sawtooth gripmaster

i am as usual extremely weak on '80s albums

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Finally, a poll where the absolute best option I had was David Sylvian. I do love the INXS and Depeche Mode albums listed, though.

The Colour of Spring (deethelurker), Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

David Sylvian. That is all.

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 02:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I don’t think any of these albums is above 8/10 for me... kind of a transitional year. Probably David Sylvian, Tom Waits or J&MC

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

1987 is my least favorite year of the decade, music-wise.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 1 June 2019 03:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Isn’t TheWalking ’88?

There are plenty of sources that state either 87 or 88

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yo! Bum Rush the Show seemed shockingly avant garde at the time, it was an amazing debut album.

Sister also felt like something from another world and it is still one of my favorite albums of all time

Dan S, Saturday, 1 June 2019 04:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

would like to protest that picture

1987 was a shit year but it deserves better than that

1987 is the peak of the yuppie boom. "Wall Street" is released that year too.

. (Michael B), Saturday, 1 June 2019 08:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Great list, but it’s Pet Shop Boys for me by a country mile

the article don, Saturday, 1 June 2019 09:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lots of solid-if-not-necessarily-their-best sort of records by lifelong favourites, but Paid In Full was where my juvenile brain all of sudden 'got' rap, and it sounded like the future. So that, despite a couple of meh tracks.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 1 June 2019 09:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Didn't think this was the Young Gods album I'd be voting for but there it is.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 1 June 2019 11:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ooh I'd love to hear those Chicago House comps

None of these comps (i.e. the first three volumes of The House Sound of Chicago, Jackmaster 1 and the first three editions of the Jack Trax series, when we’re talking ‘87) have survived in this form into the streaming age as far as I can tell. You’d have to check Discogs for the track listings. Lots (the majority I’d guess) of the individual tracks are on Spotify of course, but there’s plenty that aren’t.

These compilations were everything to/for me in 1987, quite literally, cause I wouldn’t hear this music in the wild until the next year (bar “Love Can’t Turn Around” and “Jack Your Body”, as these were bonafide pop hits).

Basically, 1987 was one of those Ground Zero years for me, when a new type of music blows your mind and all but takes over your life. (Last seen in these parts in 2012, when I encountered Ghanaian azonto and then discovered all kinds of other African pop in its wake).

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 11:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

surprised at how easily this is "the walking" for me, which i hadn't heard until last year but is incredible

ufo, Saturday, 1 June 2019 11:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sometimes you kick, sometimes you get kicked.

(Also love Darklands, Tallulah, Sister, Actually and Sign "☮︎" the Times)

dorsalstop, Saturday, 1 June 2019 12:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Document is my favorite REM album-I just think it's the most consistent and I'm a huge fan of side 2.
Still tempted to vote for Kick anyway

campreverb, Saturday, 1 June 2019 15:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

relatively sure the walking is ‘87

i should’ve voted for it bc it’s perfect but my mind locked right onto the best alexander o’neal album

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 1 June 2019 17:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

also this is the year i was born, diss its music at your own peril

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 1 June 2019 17:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i will sternly correct you!!!

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 1 June 2019 17:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I dont know why I included "Warehouse songs and stories", not even Du fans like that one. I was never a fan of it apart from 4 or 5 songs tbh.


It has its moments, and those moments are mostly Grant Hart’s, but the tinny production nearly ruins it. This is in retrospect, though: in 1987, it sounded perfectly contemporary.

I saw them on this tour; I don’t remember where I put my keys, but I remember this show like it was last night. Every hyperbolic thing anyone ever said about Hüsker Dü live is completely true.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 1 June 2019 18:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

glad you said that-this album is unloved retrospectively, I remember it being widely loved at the time.
at least among the contingent that stuck with them through WB

campreverb, Saturday, 1 June 2019 21:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

easy : age of chance - 1000 years of trouble.

oh, bugger, cant vote for it.
umm has to be prince then I guess.

mark e, Saturday, 1 June 2019 21:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

My opinion is the opposite of Tarfumes's: I generally really like the Mould songs and skip a lot of the Hart songs. "Ice Cold Ice" and "Friend You've Got to Fall" are up there with their best imo.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Saturday, 1 June 2019 21:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

“Ice Cold Ice” is definitely a highlight, but for me “She Floated Away” (the tension/timing of which was amplified to near-unbearable levels live), “She’s A Woman (And Now He Is A Man),” and “You Can Live At Home” are peak Grant...which is to say, peak Hüsker Dü.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 1 June 2019 22:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

she floated away is one of my favourite songs as is ice cold ice.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 22:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

1987 is the peak of the yuppie boom. "Wall Street" is released that year too.

― . (Michael B)

so put a picture of michael douglas or some shit on there, there's yuppies and then there's eternal fucking evil, it's like putting a picture of hitler on your poll of the best songs of 1923 (yeah i went there EDGY)

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 23:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol

Dan S, Saturday, 1 June 2019 23:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

spacemen 3 or melvins or depeche mode

big gym sw0les (crüt), Saturday, 1 June 2019 23:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm legit shocked you left out Hugo Largo but still found room for Come on Pilgrim

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 2 June 2019 01:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Anyways voting Sign O' the Times just over Blind Idiot God & Pilgrim (as a stand-in for The Purple Tape, which I've actually just realized is prob my legit favourite album of 1987)

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 2 June 2019 01:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'm legit shocked you left out Hugo Largo but still found room for Come on Pilgrim

― think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:13 AM (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

"Drum" by Hugo Largo is '88 according to Wikipedia!

. (Michael B), Sunday, 2 June 2019 06:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like a few more on here, but it will be one of these:

Dinosaur Jr – Youre Living All Over Me
Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
Pixies – Come on Pilgrim
Prince – Sign O’ the Times
Public Enemy –Yo! Bum Rush The Show
Sonic Youth – Sister
The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

nicky lo-fi, Sunday, 2 June 2019 13:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

No “Savage” by Eurythmics?

I voted Sylvian (obv), but 2nd place would be them.

Max Florian, Sunday, 2 June 2019 13:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

No “Savage” by Eurythmics?

I voted Sylvian (obv), but 2nd place would be them.

Max Florian, Sunday, 2 June 2019 13:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

on the face of it 1986 seemed lots better than 1987 but yeah house, and it’s also the last of the italo disco peak years, neither of which feel at home in an album poll.

Siegbran, Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Going with Bathory because Sonic Youth will do well regardless.

pomenitul, Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wait wasnt Poison Into The Abyss already in the 1986 poll?

Siegbran, Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xxp along those lines '87 was perhaps the best ever year for freestyle; I would happily listen to Expose's first album all the way through, but more generally it's all about the singles

Josefa, Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ha, I love that Expose to bits. My little sister had that stuff. But big yawn, I'm voting Prince.

Every Day Is Talk Like a Pirate day. 'Cos RRRRRRR (I M Losted), Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

wait wasnt Poison Into The Abyss already in the 1986 poll?

― Siegbran

nabozo mentioned it - with lower-profile releases sometimes it's a matter of assigning a year more or less at random - i'm going by rym, which has it as an '87 release recorded on dec 20-21, 1986

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Sunday, 2 June 2019 14:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Other albums I would have considered for only to eventually choose Prince:

Erasure - The Circus
Eurythmics - Savage
Guided by Voices - Devil Between My Toes
Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing
The Dukes of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 2 June 2019 18:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

*voting for

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Sunday, 2 June 2019 18:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Thin White Rope

Duke, Sunday, 2 June 2019 19:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lotsa love for the Pixies, Sinead, Swans, and Tom Waits, but this goes to Songs About Fucking, the industrial rock album that surpasses any of its imitators.

despondently sipping tomato soup (Sanpaku), Sunday, 2 June 2019 19:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

David Sylvian. That is all.

FUCK YES. Secrets of the Beehive is a fucking masterpiece and a half. So was Brilliant Trees but I found another album on the 1984 list I ended up preferring over that one.

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Monday, 3 June 2019 01:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Voted Celtic Frost. Into the Pandemonium is actually my favorite Celtic Frost album which puts me in a minority - I think Chuck Eddy agrees with me.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 3 June 2019 02:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I went on a road trip to one of the first three lollapaloozas and the discman adapter broke which meant we spent four days and hundreds of miles listening to the two tapes in the car - document and appetite for destruction. I’d probably pick one of those

joygoat, Monday, 3 June 2019 02:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

U2, INXS, The Cure, The Smiths, The Replacements were my over-played ones. My 1.5-years younger sister had the Prince, MJ & Def Leppard albums in heavy rotation.

The Replacements slightly over The Cure. "The Ledge", "Can't Hardly Wait", "Never Mind", "Skyway" (!!), "Nightclub Jitters"...

"The words I thought I brought I left behind, so never mind..."

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 3 June 2019 14:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Voted for Actually just ahead of Secrets Of The Beehive and Sign O’ The Times.

kitchen person, Monday, 3 June 2019 14:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I find myself still playing 'Sister' more than anything else from '87 I guess.
Schizophrenia, Tuff Gnarl, Pacific Coast Highway, and Kotton Krown are among my favorite Sonic Youth's

I think the CURE is a close second. As great as the Prince album is, and I love it when I hear it, I don't
seem to reach for it as much nowadays. I'll play 1999 and Purple Rain more.

nicky lo-fi, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Looking at this list I can tell my interest in pop music was waning by 1987. I didn't/don't own many of these. Think I'm opting for Thin White Rope.

While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Impossible to POO but voted Swans.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The opposite is true for me. After the disaster area that was the 1986 list, this is a breath of fresh air.

Jeff W, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah it's Lolita Nation

imago, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Man this year sucked. That said, went with Eric B and Rakim

octobeard, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A quick glance at the list suggested a weaker year but when I counted it turned out I own 25 of these on vinyl. Go figure.

“And the sun comes
Like a god into our room
All perfect light and promises”

dorsalstop, Thursday, 6 June 2019 22:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeesh no way this is not one of the hardest things i've voted for on here.

went with the mondays because they were unimpeachable at that point. what a record!

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 6 June 2019 22:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hearsay obv

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 June 2019 22:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

1987 is better represented by its pop hits than its critically acclaimed albums.

29 facepalms, Thursday, 6 June 2019 23:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Paid in Full over Sign o' the Times. Paid in Full is my favourite rap album.

jmm, Thursday, 6 June 2019 23:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 7 June 2019 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

results are not bad, and there were a lot of votes!

Dan S, Friday, 7 June 2019 00:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I knew before even clicking on this that it was gonna be Prince.

― Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, May 31, 2019 4:29 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 7 June 2019 00:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Man, I even love half the albums that got no votes.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 7 June 2019 00:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yes, all of these were left out

Pixies - Come on Pilgrim
Husker Du - Warehouse Songs and Stories
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
The Go-Betweens - Tallulah

Dan S, Friday, 7 June 2019 00:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not entirely unhappy with the number of people who went for Secrets of the Beehive; compared to how the rest of the voting went, that was a rousing endorsement of the album. <3

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Friday, 7 June 2019 01:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Voting for the stunning Beehive was a very obvious choice for me here, although not even half as obvious as my vote for Gone To Earth in the preceding poll.

Valentijn, Friday, 7 June 2019 06:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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