Thursday, December 31, 1987

Dave’s Faves: My Album Collection in 1987

Dave’s Faves:

My Album Collection in 1987

By year’s end, this was what my collection looked like. Albums acquired in 1987 are marked with an asterisk.

  1. Aha Hunting High and Low (1985)
  2. Aha Scoundrel Days (1986)
  3. Air Supply Lost in Love (1980)
  4. Air Supply The One That You Love (1981)
  5. Alabama Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-86, released 1986)
  6. Alabama The Touch (1986)
  7. Asia Asia (1982)
  8. Asia Alpha (1983)
  9. Asia Astra (1985)

  10. Bangles All Over the Place (1984)
  11. Bangles Different Light (1986)
  12. The Beatles Yesterday…and Today (1966) *
  13. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  14. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  15. The Beatles Hey Jude (1968)
  16. The Beatles 1962-1966 (compilation: 1962-66, released 1973)
  17. The Beatles 1967-1970 (compilation: 1967-70, released 1973)
  18. The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-70, released 1982)
  19. Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion (1980)
  20. Pat Benatar Get Nervous (1982)
  21. Pat Benatar Live from Earth (live, 1983)
  22. Pat Benatar Tropico (1984)
  23. Pat Benatar Seven the Hard Way (1985)
  24. Berlin Pleasure Victim (1983)
  25. Berlin Love Life (1984)
  26. Berlin Count Three and Pray (1986)
  27. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
  28. Blondie Eat to the Beat (1979)
  29. Boomtown Rats In the Long Grass (1984)
  30. Boston Third Stage (1986)
  31. David Bowie ChangesOneBowie (compilation: 1969-76, released 1976) *
  32. David Bowie Never Let Me Down (1987) *

  33. Chicago Chicago 16 (1982)
  34. Chicago Chicago 17 (1984)
  35. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985)
  36. Robert Cray Strong Persuader (1986) *
  37. Crowded House Crowded House (1986) *

  38. David + David Boomtown (1986)
  39. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)
  40. Def Leppard Hysteria (1987) *
  41. John Denver Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72, released 1973)
  42. Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon (1984)
  43. Dennis DeYoung Back to the World (1986)
  44. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
  45. Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer (soundtrack, 1980)

  46. Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976)
  47. Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (released 1982)
  48. Eurythmics In the Garden (1981)
  49. Eurythmics Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (1983)
  50. Eurythmics Touch (1983)
  51. Eurythmics 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984)
  52. Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight (1985)

  53. Dan Fogelberg Greatest Hits (compilation: 1972-82, released 1982)
  54. Foreigner 4 (1981)
  55. Foreigner Records (compilation: 1976-82, released 1982)
  56. Foreigner Agent Provocateur (1984)

  57. Peter Gabriel Plays Live (live, 1983) *
  58. Peter Gabriel So (1986)
  59. J. Geils Band Freeze Frame (1981)
  60. Bob Geldof Deep in the Heart of Nowhere (1986) *
  61. Genesis Genesis (1983)
  62. Genesis Invisible Touch (1986)
  63. Grateful Dead In the Dark (1987) *

  64. Daryl Hall & John Oates H2O (1982)
  65. Daryl Hall & John Oates Rock ‘N’ Soul Part I (compilation: (1973-83, released 1983)
  66. Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast (1984)
  67. Hooters Nervous Night (1985)
  68. Hooters One Way Home (1987) *

  69. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
  70. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
  71. Michael Jackson Bad (1987) *
  72. Billy Joel Turnstiles (1976)
  73. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977)
  74. Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain (1982)
  75. Billy Joel An Innocent Man (1983)
  76. Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation: 1973-85, released 1985)
  77. Billy Joel The Bridge (1986)
  78. Journey Captured (live, 1981)
  79. Journey Escape (1981)
  80. Journey Frontiers (1983)
  81. Journey Raised on Radio (1986)

  82. Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (1983)
  83. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  84. Huey Lewis & the News Sports (1983)

  85. Barry Manilow Greatest Hits (compilation, released 1978)
  86. Marillion Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
  87. Marillion Fugazi (1984)
  88. Marillion Real to Reel (live, 1984)
  89. Marillion Misplaced Childhood (1985)
  90. Marillion Brief Encounter (EP, 1986)
  91. Marillion Clutching at Straws (1987) *
  92. John Cougar (Mellencamp) American Fool (1982)
  93. John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh (1983)
  94. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985)
  95. John Cougar Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee (1987) *

  96. Men at Work Business As Usual (1981)
  97. Men at Work Cargo (1983)
  98. Men at Work Two Hearts (1985)
  99. The Moody Blues This Is the Moody Blues (compilation: 1967-72, released 1974)
  100. The Moody Blues Voices in the Sky (compilation: 1967-82, released 1984)
  101. The Moody Blues The Other Side of Life (1986)

  102. Olivia Newton-John Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-76, released 1977)
  103. Olivia Newton-John Totally Hot (1978)
  104. Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu (soundtrack, 1980)
  105. Olivia Newton-John Physical (1981)
  106. Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (compilation: 1978-82, released 1982)
  107. Olivia Newton-John Soul Kiss (1985)
  108. Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart (1983)

  109. Alan Parsons Project I Robot (1977)
  110. Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)
  111. Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky (1982)
  112. Alan Parsons Project The Best of (compilation: 1977-83, released 1983)
  113. Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (1984)
  114. Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (1985)
  115. Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy (1986)
  116. Alan Parsons Project Gaudi (1987) *
  117. Steve Perry Street Talk (1984)
  118. Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  119. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
  120. Pink Floyd The Final Cut (1983) *
  121. Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) *

  122. The Police Outlandos D’Amour (1978)
  123. The Police Reggatta De Blanc (1979)
  124. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
  125. The Police Ghost in the Machine (1981)
  126. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
  127. The Police Every Breath You Take – The Singles (compilation: 1978-1986; released 1986) *
  128. Prince 1999 (1982)
  129. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
  130. Prince & the Revolution Around the World in a Day (1985)
  131. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987) *

  132. Queen Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-81, released 1981)

  133. The Rainmakers The Rainmakers (1986)
  134. The Rainmakers Tornado (1987) *
  135. R.E.M. Document (1987) *

  136. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (1980)
  137. REO Speedwagon Wheels Are Turnin’ (1984)
  138. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-80, released 1980)
  139. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
  140. Lionel Richie Dancing on the Ceiling (1986)
  141. Rush All the World’s a Stage (live, 1976)
  142. Rush Moving Pictures (1981)
  143. Rush Exit…Stage Left (live, 1981)

  144. Charlie Sexton Pictures for Pleasure (1985)
  145. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
  146. The Smiths Louder Than Bombs (archives: 1983-87, released 1987) *
  147. The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) *
  148. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
  149. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  150. Bruce Springsteen Live 1975/1985 (live box set, 1986)
  151. Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love (1987) *

  152. Squeeze Argybargy (1980) *
  153. Squeeze Sweets from a Stranger (1982) *
  154. Squeeze 45s and Under (compilation: 1977-82, released 1982)
  155. Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
  156. Squeeze Babylon and On (1987) *

  157. Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
  158. Sting Bring on the Night (live, 1986)
  159. Sting Nothing Like the Sun (1987) *

  160. Styx Styx I (1972)
  161. Styx Styx II (1973)
  162. Styx The Serpent Is Rising (1973)
  163. Styx Man of Miracles (1974)
  164. Styx Best of Styx (compilation: 1972-74)
  165. Styx Equinox (1975)
  166. Styx Crystal Ball (1976)
  167. Styx The Grand Illusion (1977)
  168. Styx Pieces of Eight (1978)
  169. Styx Cornerstone (1979)
  170. Styx Paradise Theater (1981)
  171. Styx Kilroy Was Here (1983)
  172. Styx Caught in the Act (live, 1984)
  173. Supertramp Famous Last Words (1982)
  174. Supertramp Brother Where You Bound (1985)

  175. Tears for Fears The Hurting (1983)
  176. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
  177. Toto Toto IV (1982)

  178. U2 War (1983)
  179. U2 Under a Blood Red Sky (live, 1983)
  180. U2 The Unforgettable Fire (1984) *
  181. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987) *

  182. Van Halen 5150 (1986)
  183. Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing (1987) *
  184. Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (1983) *
  185. Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground (1984) *
  186. Violent Femmes Blind Leading the Naked (1986) *

  187. Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S. (1987) *
  188. Whitesnake Whitesnake (1987) *
  189. The Who Who’s Next (1971) *
  190. The Who Greatest Hits (compilation: 1965-78, released 1983) *
  191. John Williams (composer) Star Wars IV: A New Hope (soundtrack, 1977)

  192. XTC Skylarking (1986) *

  193. Yes The Yes Album (1971)
  194. Yes Fragile (1971)
  195. Yes Classic Yes (compilation: 1971-77, released 1981)
  196. Yes 90125 (1983)
  197. Yes Big Generator (1987) *

  198. ZZ Top Afterburner (1985)

    Various Artists:

  199. Brimstone and Treacle (soundtrack, 1982)
  200. Flashdance (soundtrack, 1983)
  201. Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
  202. K-Tel: High Energy (1979)
  203. K-Tel: Starflight (1979)
  204. K-Tel: Wings of Sound (1979)
  205. Legend (soundtrack, 1986)
  206. Pretty in Pink (soundtrack, 1986)
  207. Rock for Amnesty (1986) *
  208. Some Kind of Wonderful (soundtrack, 1987) *
  209. St. Elmo’s Fire (soundtrack, 1985)
  210. Two of a Kind (soundtrack, 1983)
  211. Vision Quest (soundtrack, 1985)
  212. We Are the World (1985)


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First posted 8/31/2021.

Saturday, December 12, 1987

George Michael hit #1 with “Faith”

First posted 11/26/2020.

Faith

George Michael

Writer(s): George Michael (see lyrics here)


Released: October 12, 1987


First Charted: October 23, 1987


Peak: 14 US, 15 CB, 13 RR, 5 AC, 2 UK, 14 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 1.79 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 28.17 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

George Michael started his transition from half of the bubblegum-pop duo Wham! to a more serious artist in 1987. First, he dueted with Aretha Franklin on the #1 song “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me.” He followed that with the controversial “I Want Your Sex,” a #2 solo hit with a decidedly more adult message. The title cut from his first solo album, Faith, could arguably be viewed as Michael finally planting his flag in the “now I’m a serious artist” land for good.

“Faith” topped the charts at the end of 1987 and was followed to the #1 spot by “Father Figure,” “One More Try,” and “Monkey,” giving the album four chart-topping hits. This one, however, spent the longest time on top and was named the song of the year by Billboard magazine. The album went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

The “rockabilly-tinged title track” AMG was supposedly written as a rock and roll pastiche, which is demonstrated by the incorporation of Bo Diddley’s classic rock and roll beat WK which is also present on Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” and U2’s “Desire.” SF While the video depicted Michael playing guitar, he didn’t know how to play. SF Thank Scottish session player Hugh Burns for the guitar lick which harkened back to the ‘50s Sun Records-era and Bo Diddley. SF Michael worked with Burns for hours to synch the guitar sound to his vocals. SF

However, the song definitely had a modern touch as well. It was one of the first digital recordings, meaning he could write and record lyrics line-by-line and even word-by-word. Whie the process was tedious, it let Michael scrutinize every syllable to create the polished track he wanted. SF


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Saturday, November 28, 1987

The Rainmakers charted with Tornado

Tornado

The Rainmakers


Charted: November 28, 1987


Peak: 116 US


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: roots rock


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Snakedance [3:58] (11/14/87, 31 AR)
  2. Tornado of Love [4:11]
  3. The Wages of Sin [3:39]
  4. Small Circles [3:27]
  5. No Romance [3:18]
  6. One More Summer [3:30]
  7. The Lakeview Man [2:59]
  8. Rainmaker [4:21]
  9. I Talk with My Hands [6:30]
  10. The Other Side of the World [4:30]

All songs written by Bob Walkenhorst.


Total Running Time: 40:23


The Players:

  • Bob Walkenhorst (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
  • Rich Ruth (bass, vocals)
  • Steve Phillips (guitar)
  • Pat Tomek (drums)

Rating:

3.934 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“The Rainmakers' second album finds their basic Midwestern rock sounding a little tired, despite more studio polish and Steve Phillips’ solid guitar work. While the band sounds more accomplished than on their 1987 debut, Tornado lacks anything as arresting as ‘Rockin' at the T-Dance’ or ‘Let My People Go-Go’ on that album, or ‘Reckoning Day’ on their next one, although Snake Dance and Wages of Sin come close.” AMG

“For most of Tornado, Bob Walkenhorst tones down his yelp of indignation, which is both the most distinctive and potentially annoying characteristic of the band’s sound. The restrained Small Circles shows how conventional the band could be, suggesting how easily the Rainmakers could have carved out a comfortable career as a standard AOR act.” AMG

“Nice as that track may be, Tornado generally sticks to the Rainmakers’ strengths: being wry, provocative, and confrontational. Only the overly long I Talk with My Hands is truly a poor effort, seriously bogging down the album with a misguided attempt at dance-oriented rock.” AMG

“Even when they come up short on melody, though, as on the bland No Romance, Walkenhorst’s lyrics usually provide something to listen for. The Rainmakers’ next release, The Good News & the Bad News, would offer more of Walkenhorst’s outrage, which may have been what Tornado needed to register as one of the band’s better efforts.” AMG

Resources and Related Links:

  • AMG All Music Guide review by James A. Gardner

    First posted 3/24/2008; updated 6/2/2021.

“I’ve Had the Time of My Life” hit #1

First posted 11/27/2020.

I’ve Had the Time of My Life

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Writer(s): Frank Previte, John DeNicola, Donald Markowitz (see lyrics here)


Released: July 10, 1987


First Charted: August 8, 1987


Peak: 11 US, 11 CB, 11 RR, 14 AC, 6 UK, 11 CN, 16 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.8 UK, 2.03 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 448.1 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

No one could have guessed how big the soundtrack for Dirty Dancing would be. The album mixed iconic songs from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s alongside new material from, well, has-beens. The most bankable commodity was Jennifer Warnes, who’d had a #1 with Joe Cocker on “Up Where We Belong,” another film song from five years earlier. But Eric Carmen, who was best known for “All by Myself” from more than a decade earlier? Bill Medley? His biggest hits were with the Righteous Brothers in the ‘60s. And Patrick Swayze, the film’s star, was going to sing? This didn’t sound like a surefire hit.

However, Swayze’s “She’s Like the Wind,” Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes,” and Medley & Warnes’ “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” all hit the top 5 and the latter went to #1. It gave Medley the distinction of the longest gap between #1’s – 21 years and 7 months from the time of the Righteous Brothers’ “You’re My Sould and Inspiration” and “Time of My Life.” BR1 The song also won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy.

Jimmy Ienner, the producer and head of Millennium Records, approached Frankie Previte, whose band Frankie & the Knockouts had a top 10 hit in 1981 with “Sweetheart,” about writing songs for the movie. According to Previte, when he told Ienner he was busy with another project, Previte told him “I suggest you get in on this because if you get a song in this movie, it’s going to change your life.” BR1 Previte was convinced and wrote several songs for the film, including “Hungry Eyes” and “I’ve Had the Time of My Life.”

Ienner gave Previte a rough idea of the plot and said they needed a song which started slow, ended up fast, and incorporated a Mambo beat. BR1 After tapping former bandmate John DeNicola and his friend Don Markowitz, for the music, Previte recorded a demo with singer Rachelle Cappelli. It wasn’t in the film, but it was used as a backing track while Swayze and Grey practiced their dancing.

The song was offered to Donna Summer and Joe Esposito, but she said no because she objected to the title of the movie. Ienner approached Medley repeatedly about recording the song, but Medley was skeptical after recording a duet with Gladys Knight for the Sylvester Stallone movie Cobra and seeing it flop. He was also expecting a child and didn’t want to travel for fear of missing the birth. BR1 After Medley’s daughter was born SF and the session was moved from New York to California, where Warnes also lived, Medley agreed. BR1 Warnes had already said she’d do it if Medley would. WK


Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for Bill Medley
  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for Jennifer Warnes
  • DMDB page for parent album, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack
  • BR1 Fred Bronson (2007). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (4th edition). New York, NY; Billboard Books. Page 683.
  • SF Songfacts
  • WK Wikipedia