Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Episode 47 - 1987 Year in Review Part 2


After a week of reflecting on January - July of 1987, we round things off this week by discussing August - December and try to shoehorn in as many tunes and memories as we can.

August - September

August saw the release of two of the year's landmark albums in Michael Jackson's 'Bad' and Def Leppard's Hysteria.

MJ had not released an album since 1983's historic 'Thriller' release and the world's ears were ready for a followup. 'Bad', released on August 31st went on to produce five number one singles in the USA; a record which has not been broken.

Def Leppard's slickly-produced 'Hysteria' album had smash hit after smash hit and would go on to sell over 20 million units.

Other notable releases from August of 1987 included albums by Metallica, Twisted Sister, and Aerosmith.

September spawned album releases by rock legends such as Pink Floyd, Motorhead, Rush, The Ramones, and KISS. While not all of these releases would go on to be big sellers, some amazing songs were overlooked by the general public.


The big news story of October of 1987 was the rescue of Baby Jessica. After falling down a well in Midland, Texas two days prior, emergency crews are able to save the young child in front of a national television audience.

Motley Crue attempted to release 'You're All I Need' as a single from the Girls, Girls, Girls album on October 19th but were shunned by MTV and radio due to the graphic nature of the lyrics. We take a listen to hear what the uproar was about.

Notable releases of October 1987 included albums by Alice Cooper, MSG, Sepultura, and the multi-million selling 'Faith' album from George Michael after his split with Wham! (blech).

November - December

We finish things off with a discussion of the albums released in November and December including offerings from Black Sabbath, Anthrax, and two albums by Over Kill.

Also in this discussion we reflect on bands that were established in 1987 as well as those that called it quits before playing things out with a dreamy track from Dokken's 'Back for the Attack' album.

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Anonymous said...

Re: your comment on Midnight Oil "here today and gone tomorrow...
11 studio albums, 39 singles, several top ten tunes (three in the US) - plus enormous success over many years in Australia....

Anonymous said...

I realize that Jethro Tull had no business winning a grammy for 1987's "Crest Of A Knave". It seems they may have been the only name on the ballot list that Grammy voters recognized and the band themselves didn't show up, thinking they didn't have a chance at winning. Hard rock and Metal fans have hated them ever since but prior to that, they were a well-respected band and nearly everyone I knew liked at least a few Tull tracks. It wasn't uncommon to find "Aqualung" mixed in with everybody's Zeppelin and Floyd albums. This is one of those situations where fans have made a good band pay for something they had nothing to do with. I wonder which was the biggest injustice.

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