40 Albums Turning 30 in 2017

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      30 years ago, the world was a very different place. The U.S. was being run by former movie actor Ronald Reagan,  Platoon won the Best Picture Oscar, The Simpsons cartoon first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, Canada introduces a one-dollar coin, nicknamed the “Loonie”, and how could we forget the first Starbucks Coffee stores outside Seattle are opened in Vancouver and Chicago.
Below are 40 records (I was going to do just 30 but I couldn’t stop) from various artists and bands that turn 30 years old …..don’t mind me as I reach for my walker and feel just a little bit older.

1. Hüsker Dü – ‘Warehouse: Songs and Stories’
Released: January 19, 1987
Produced By: Hüsker Dü

Group Members on this Album:
Bob Mouldguitar, bass guitar, keyboards, vocals

Grant Hartdrums, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, vocals

Greg Norton – bass guitar, vocals


2.  The Smiths – ‘The World Won’t Listen’ (Compilation)
Released: February 23, 1987
Produced By: The Smiths, Morrissey, Johnny Marr and John Porter
Group Members on this Album:
Morrissey – vocals
Johnny Marr – guitars, keyboard instruments,   harmonica on “Ask” mandolin on “Golden Lights”, marmimba on single version of “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”
 Andy Rourke – bass guitar, cello on “Shakespeare’s Sister” and “Oscillate Wildly”
Mike Joyce – drums, tambourine on “Stretch Out and Wait”
Craig Gannon – rhythm guitar on “Panic”, “Ask”, “London”, “Half a Person”, “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby” and “Golden Lights”, mandolin on “Golden Lights”


3. The Style Council‘The Cost of Loving’
Released : Febuary 7th, 1987
Produced By: Paul Weller

Group Members on this album:

Paul Weller

Mick Talbot

Dee C. Lee

Steve White


4. The Psychedelic Furs –   ‘Midnight to Midnight’ – Feb 1987


5. Public Enemy – ‘Yo! Bum Rush the Show’
Released Feb 10, 1987
Produced by Rick Rubin, Bill Stephney and The Bomb Squad

Members on the album:
Chuck D – vocals
Flavor Flav – vocals
Hank Shocklee – drum programming
Eric Sadler – drum programming
Terminator X – lead scratch
Hank Shocklee – minimal synth programming
Eric Sadler – minimal synth programming
Stephen Linsley – bass, recording & mixing
Bill Stephney – bass, guitars
Vernon Reid – guitars


6. Siouxsie and the Banshees‘Through the Looking Glass’
Released: March 2, 1987
Produced by: Siouxsie and the Banshees & Mike Hedges

Group Members on this album:
Siouxsie Sioux
Steven Severin
John Valentine Carruthers


7. The Smiths‘Louder Than Bombs’ – March 30, 1987
(American version of the UK’s ‘The World Won’t Listen’)



 8. Butthole Surfers – ‘Locust Abortion Technician’
Released March 1987
Produced by the Butthole Surfers

Group Members on this album:
Gibby Haynes
Paul Leary
Jeff Pinkus
King Coffey
Teresa Nervosa


9. U2 – ‘The Joshua Tree’
Released – March 9, 1987
Produced by: Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno

The Edge
Adam Clayton
Larry Mullen Jr.

10. Erasure – ‘The Circus’
Released – March 30. 1987


11. PrinceSign o’ the Times’
Released – March 31, 1987
Produced by Prince

Wendy Melvoin
Lisa Coleman
Sheila E.
Dr. Fink
Miko Weaver
Brown Mark
Bobby Z.
Eric Leeds
Atlanta Bliss
Susannah Melvoin
Jill Jones
Sheena Easton

12. Level 42 ‘Running in the Family’
Released March 1987
13. Suzanne Vega‘Solitude Standing’
Released April 1, 1987


14. The Cult‘Electric’
Released April 6, 1987
Produced by Rick Rubin
Group members on this:

Ian Astbury
Billy Duffy
Jamie Stewart
Les Warner

15. The Exploited‘Death Before Dishonour’
Released April 15, 1987
16. Faith No More‘Introduce Yourself’
Released April 23, 1987

51dd3y4jrl17. David Bowie – ‘Never Let Me Down’
Released April 20, 1987
Produced by David Bowie, David Richards

Did you know that actor Mickey Rourke raps on the track “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)”


18. Happy Mondays‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’
Produced by John Cale
Released April 1987

Band Members on this album:
Paul Davis
Mark “Bez” Berry
Paul Ryder
Shaun Ryder
Gary Whelan
Mark “Cow” Day


19. The Cure‘Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me’
Released on May 5, 1987
Produced by David M. Allen and Robert Smith
Members on this album:
Robert Smith
Simon Gallup
Porl Thompson
Lol Tolhurst
Boris Williams
Roger O’Donnell

20. Jane’s Addiction‘Jane’s Addiction’
Released May 15, 1987
Produced by Mark Linett and Jane’s Addiction

Band Members on this album:
Eric Avery
Perry Farrell
Dave Navarro
Stephen Perkins

21. LL Cool J‘Bigger and Deffer’
Released May 29, 1987
Produced by LL Cool J, L.A. Posse, DJ Pooh


22. Skinny Puppy‘Cleanse Fold and Manipulate’
Released June 25, 1987
Produced by Dave Ogilvie and cEvin Key
Band Members on album:
Nivek Ogre
cEvin Key
Dwayne Goettel
Peter Rave


23. Men Without Hats‘Pop Goes The World’
Released June 29, 1987
Produced by Zeus B. Held
Band Members on this album:
Ivan Doroschuk
Johnny (Stefan Doroschuk)
Jenny (Marika Tjelios)
J. Bonhomme (Richard Samson)
A Baby

24. The Replacements – ‘Pleased to Meet Me’
Released on June 17, 1987
Produced by Jim Dickinson
Band members on this album:
Paul Westerberg
Tommy Stinson
Chris Mars



25. Sonic Youth‘Sister’
Released June 1987
Produced by Sonic Youth
Band Members on this album:
Thurston Moore
Kim Gordon
Lee Ranaldo
Steve Shelley

26. Echo & the Bunnymen – Self Titled
Released July 6, 1987
Produced by Laurie Latham
Band Members on this album:

Ian McCulloch
Will Sergeant
Les Pattinson
Pete de Freitas
Henry Priestman
Jake Brockman


27.  Eric B. & Rakim‘Paid in Full’
Released on July 7, 1987
Produced by Eric B. & Rakim


28. Guns N’ Roses‘Appetite for Destruction’
Released on July 21, 1987
Produced by Mike Clink
Group Members on this album:

-W. Axl Rose – lead vocals, synthesizer, percussion
-Slash – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, talkbox
-Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals, percussion
-Duff “Rose” McKagan – bass, backing vocals
-Steven Adler – drums


29. The Jesus and Mary Chain‘Darklands’
       Released on August 31, 1987
Produced by William Reid, Bill Price and John Loder
Group Members on this album:
Jim Reid
William Reid


30. New Order – ‘Substance 1987′
       Released on August 17, 1987
       Produced by New Order
Group Members on this album:
Peter Hook, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner



31. R.E.M.‘Document’
Released on September 1, 1987
Produced by Scott Litt and R.E.M.
Group Members on this album:
Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe


32. Pet Shop Boys‘Actually’
Released on September 7, 1987
Produced by Pet Shop Boys, Stephen Hague, Julian Mendelesohn, Andy Richards, Shep Pettibone, David Jacob

The Pet Shop Boys are, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe


Big Black – ‘Songs About Fucking’
Released on September 10, 1987
Band Members:
Dave Riley, Santiago Durango (credited as Melvin Belli), Steve Albini and “Roland” (an E-mu Drumulator drum machine)


34. The Ramones – ‘Halfway to Sanity’
Released on September 15, 1987
Band Members:
Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Richie Ramone



35. Pixies – ‘Come on Pilgrim’
Released on September 28, 1987
Band Members:
Black Francis, Kim Deal, David Lovering and Joey Santiago



36. Depeche Mode – ‘Music for the Masses’
Released on September 28, 1987
Produced by Depeche Mode, David Bascombe and Daniel Miller
Band Members:
Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Alan Wilder



37. The Smiths‘Strangeways, Here We Come’
Produced by Johnny Marr, Morrissey and Stephen Street
Released on September 28, 1987
This was The Smiths final studio album
Band Members:
Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke


38. The Housemartins – ‘The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death’
Released September 1987


39. George Michael‘Faith’
Released on October 30, 1987
Produced by George Michael
R.I.P. #George



40. Sinéad O’Connor – ‘The Lion and the Cobra’
Released on November 4, 1987
Produced by Sinéad O’Connor and Kevin Moloney


 Alright, I could keep going on but I have to end it here…some other great records released in 1987 were….’N.W.A and the Posse’ by NWA, ‘Secrets of the Beehive‘ by David Sylvian, the Less Than Zero Soundtrack, ‘You’re Living All Over Me‘ by Dinosaur Jr. and many many more…..




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