KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 ALBUMS OF 1987 NSFW

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35. Wet Wet Wet-Popped In Souled Out

It was on all the time in the car when I was wee….blame my mum. The debut album that introduced the world to cheeky chappy Marti Pellow and his merry band of Scots. They would go on to be one of the biggest bands in Britain during the 90s and also one of the most hated in that Nickelback, Coldplay sell millions but still be detested kind of way.

Highlights-“Sweet Little Mystery” “Angel Eyes”

34 Deacon Blue-Raintown
The Scottish pop soul group probably peaked with this album of songs about working class life in Scotland and the highs and lows that come with that. The song Dignity is in particular incredibly strong and has been adopted by my local football team. Hearing thousands of people singing it brings a tear to your eye.
Highlights-“Dignity” “He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now”

33.Danny Wilson-Meet Danny Wilson

It’s a good year for the Scots as another debut hits the shops but unfortunately these talented lads from up my way in the north east of Scotland didn’t achieve the longevity and fame that the previous two did. That said they experienced a brush with it with the hugely successful “Mary’s Prayer” but sadly they’re remembered by the mainstream as a one hit wonder.

Highlights-“Mary’s Prayer” “Davy”

32.Motorhead-Rock ‘N’ Roll
Despite the thoroughly uninspired title this is one of the stronger Motorhead albums, particularly in the later part of the 80s. The energy is high and that’s no coincidence as original drummer and mad man Phil Taylor was back behind the kit after being fired….and before being fired again.
Highlights-“Dogs” “The Wolf”

 

31. Joe Satriani-Surfing With The Alien
As I said with the Eric Johnson entry I’m not usually a fan of guitar wank albums as I usually find them tuneless despite the incredible talent on display from the virtuosos. When they manage to merge that talent with actual tunes then you have my attention and that’s what Satriani does on this album with some incredible technique being channeled into a really listenable group of songs.
Highlights-“Always With Me, Always With You” “Circles”
30. Oi Polloi-Unite And Win
Another Scottish entry, this time from the raging left wing anarcho-punks Oi Polloi who bring a poorly produced but solid album of angry anti everything punk. They would go on to be an important band in a very small but well intentioned scene of punk bands bring gaelic influences into their music.
Highlights-“Kill The Bill” “Scum”
29.Celtic Frost-Into The Pandemonium
A divisive and somewhat out there experimental album by the Swiss extreme metal legends. Love songs, Very different to their previous, more straight forward albums but definitely worth a listen if you’re into metal.
Highlights-“Inner Sanctum” “Babylon Fell
28.U2-The Joshua Tree
You know I hate praising Bono and his merry band of tools but here we go. The Joshua Tree has some cracking songs on it and there’s no getting around it for me but this is really where they started going from post punk band to global mega superstar twats…..mainly Bono to be fair to the rest of them. This is often seen as their zenith and it’s easy to see why.
Highlights-“With Or Without You” Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
27.Icehouse-Man Of Colours
A new wave rock band who were very popular in their native Australia apparently. I only know this because I had one of their songs on a random mix tape I made years ago and my buddy was visiting from Aus and explained about them. I had just randomly heard on of their songs on something and downloaded it in the limewire days. Pretty generic 80s rock but sometimes things just click and Iva Davies has a cracking voice.
Highlights-“Electric Blue” “Crazy”
 
26. Ramones-Halfway To Sanity
Ten albums in and more of the same which is no bad thing but it’s clear the band were rapidly running out of steam. All their albums still have some good songs and are always worth a listen but whereas they had once been the loudest, most aggressive band going, things had moved on so much and it felt like they were trying to keep up rather than just do what they were good at.
Highlights- I Wanna Live” “I’m Not Jesus”
25.Prince-Sign ‘O’ The Times
A flamboyant, eclectic and accessible album from the late great sexy midget. Dancefloor smashing funk songs, emotional and socially conscious ballads and upbeat soul songs all round and it includes one of the most slept on Prince songs of all time seen below.
Highlights-“I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” “If I Was Your Girlfriend”
24. Suicidal Tendencies-Join The Army
Four years after their debut, the crossover thrash punks came out with their second album and this is where they really started adding much more metal to their sound and becoming the leaders of the crossover genre. The punk swagger is still there but there are slower tempos at times and more ripping metal solos etc. Not as good as the debut but definitely enough to get you trashing your room.
Highlights-“The Prisoner” “Suicidal Maniac”
23. Suzanne Vega-Soltitude Standing
Powerful work from the singer songwriter. For me these kinds of artists usually have one or two decent songs and then the rest of their albums are complete bores but Vega always manages to keep things interesting. She has an artsy fartsy style that often puts me off but it’s not pretentious and seems genuine so I’m all for it. Good stuff and it has Luka which is a banger.
Highlights-“Luka” “Gypsy”
22. Dirty Dancing
Yea boiiiiiiiiiii. Good album, deal with it.
Highlights-“Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen “Do You Love Me?” by The Contours
 
 
21. Ice T-Rhyme Pays
 
The debut from the comically over top, posturing original gangsta. It’s mainly about how good he is with the ladies, the proper cartoonish gangsta stuff came a bit later but he still manages to make disgustingly crude material somewhat charming.
Highlights-“Make It Funky” “409”
20. The Smiths-Strangeways, Here We Come
The final studio album from the short lived but massively influential Manchester indie legends. Fans are still mixed on this album but I really enjoy it and think it’s a perfectly good way for them to bow out after all their internal arguments and disagreements. Sad for a much loved band to end but better to burn out than fade away as they say.
Highlights-“Girlfriend In A Coma” “A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours”
19.Guns ‘N’ Roses-Appetite For Destruction
19?! SACRILEGE! MAY THE ROCK GODS STRIKE YOU DOWN etc. Meh, as I’ve said in my 90s lists I just never cared too much for them but still liked some of their songs and clearly like the album as it’s here. This debut made a hell of a splash and announced them on the big stage after a few years struggling on the L.A strip. Axl Rose is still a massive bellend. Slash is sound though.
Highlights-“Welcome To The Jungle” “It’s So Easy”
18.Belinda Carlisle-Heaven On Earth
One of my childhood crushes back when I was discovering what a crush actually was. The girl next door (who was actually a raging coke head) was the breakout star after the split of previous band The Go Go’s  with lots of catchy pop rock songs. This gets so high on nostalgia as this was on a lot as a young pup.
Highlights-“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” “We Can Change”
17.The Dead Milkmen-Bucky Fellini
 

More geeky post punk with plenty humour and snot nosed reverence. They sure could put a catchy tune together with a mix of indie, punk and college rock. They don’t swagger or posture they just plays catchy music and that’s fine by me.

Highlights-“Watching Scotty Die” “The Badger Song”

16.Anthrax-Among The Living
More songs about comic book characters like Judge Dredd and Batman from the geekiest of thrash bands and I mean that in the best way. There’s even a song all about Stephen King’s The Stand. They wear their loves on their sleeve and I love that as they don’t conform to what the genre deems as cool or expected they just chuck in anything they like. One of their best albums.
Highlights-” Among The Living” “I Am The Law”
15. The Exploited-Death Before Dishonour
This one annoyed a lot of punks as it was seen as if the band were jumping ship with a more metal sound when punk needed as much help as it could get. Nonetheless all of that is over and I was way too young to be annoyed or involved in the scene at that point so I just see it as a good crossover thrash punk album from the Scottish legends.
Highlights-“Don’t Really Care” “Sexual Favours”
 
14. D.R.I-Crossover
Another crossover thrash punk album which shows how strong the genre was at the time. Unrelentingly fast, gang vocal shouts and aggressive punk swagger are on the menu for this brutal and fantastically obnoxious album.
Highlights-“Tear It Down” “Hooked”
13. Exodus-Pleasures Of The Flesh
What a brilliantly shite cover. One of the great thrash bands that doesn’t get talked about much these days which is a shame as they had everything the genre required. Good players, fast songs and catchy hooks. A must for thrash fans.
Highlights-“Faster Than You’ll Ever Live To Be” “Deranged”
12. Adolescents-Brats In Battalions
Something of a reunion album for the Californian punk legends after they had split five years earlier. What a fantastic album it is too with the snotty angst they’re known for. Nothing mind melting, just a really good punk rock album.
Highlights-“Brats In Battalions” “I Love You”
11. Testament-The Legacy
Thrash metal still going strong and a first Testament entry for Kinker Korner with their debut (I did  90s and 00s lists so don’t get smart). Getting pretty tired of saying the same thing for thrash bands but there’s only so much to say. Fast and furious metal.
Highlights-“Do Or Die” “Over The Wall”
10. Dead Kennedys-Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death
A compilation of unreleased tracks and different versions of already released songs. It would maybe be higher but I’ve already talked about some of the songs for their original releases so it loses a little steam. You know the deal by now, politically charge punk rock from one of the most important punk bands ever.
Highlights-“California Uber Alles” “Too Drunk To Fuck”

 

9. Husker Du-Warehouse:Songs And Stories
An incredibly accomplished album full of excellent songwriting, ace composition and beautiful melodies. It’s more upbeat and up tempo than some of their stuff too which might put some of their hardcore fans off but I just look at it for what it is. What it is is a fantastic album, my favourite of theirs.
Highlights-“Standing In The Rain” “These Important Years”
8. Boogie Down Productions-Criminal Minded
A hugely influential from the hip hop group that gave us KRS One and it includes which may be the first overt diss track aimed at fellow New York rappers. Dj Scott La Rock provided cool samples and beats for KRS One that gives the album a cool up tempo vibe. He was sadly murdered shortly after the release of the album.
Highlights-“South Bronx” “Poetry”
7. Descendents-Liveage!
My boys are back again with this live album that features a great setlist as you’d expect. Taken from their “farewell” tour as Milo was heading off to college. We all know (you do don’t you?) they got back together later but this caught them at a time where it seemed like the end was here.
Highlights-“Clean Sheets” “Silly Girl”
6. Circle Jerks-VI
This was the jerks’ last album before their half decade break and it’s a really underrated one. It’s really strong but I rarely see it discussed when I see pieces on the band. The tempo isn’t as constantly furious but it’s a nice mix of hardcore and more melodic punk and even a rock and roll vibe at times.
Highlights-“Patty’s Killing Me!” “Status Clinger”
5. Napalm Death-Scum
The skull crushing debut from the amiable brummie death metal pioneers. One of those bands you either get or completely don’t….it will just sound like a cacophony of clatter if you’re in the latter camp. I remember being very young and blasting their stuff in my room, my mum would walk in with a strained expression on her face like I was summoning the devil. Some songs don’t make it to the ten second mark.
Highlights-“Caught…In A Dream” “Siege Of Power”
4. Public Enemy-Yo! Bum Rush The Show
 
One of the most influential albums in hip hop history with socially conscious lyrics to the extreme from Chuck D with his booming deep voice acting as a call to arms. Instead of posturing and bragging Public Enemy tried to change the world and open people’s eyes to inner city struggles with police brutality and systematic oppression. A game changer.
Highlights-“Timebomb” “You’re Gonna Get Yours”
3. The Jesus And Mary Chain-Darklands
This was my first introduction to the Scottish indie legends when my buddy Rick gave me a shot of the cd and told me to give it a go. It’s still my favourite album of theirs and at a time when my diet was pretty much punk punk punk it was great to change things up and have this album on loop at times.
Highlights-“Darklands” “Happy When It Rains”
2. The Cure-Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
A gothic masterpiece from one of the best bands ever. Unbelievably atmospheric. At times foreboding, other times romantic, sad and sometimes intensely creepy. It takes a special band to pull all of that off but they manage it here with melodic little pieces of art that burrow deep into your heart and stay there forever.
Highlights-“Just Like Heaven” “Why Can’t I Be You?”
1.Descendents-All
Yup…..you know the drill, see yourselves out. Only real new thing to report here is it’s the first album with the definitive lineup with Stephen Egerton and Karl Alvarez coming in.
Highlights-“Clean Sheets” “Pep Talk”
 Cheers for readin folks, catch you back here for 1988. Get me @swing_kinker if you want any lists done for you. x
 

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