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86'd in 86
The East Carolinian ^ | 1/26/06 | Daniel Brock

Posted on 01/27/2006 3:43:24 PM PST by qam1

Van Hagar and others........

I recently wrote an article lauding the musical output of 1976 and pining for the days of soaring guitar solos, charter planes and impossibly tight bell bottoms. I've always been intrigued by the music and pop culture of different time periods, and the 70's were a decade rich in musical quality.

I received some interesting feedback on the article and so I've boldly decided to move ahead to 1986 and look at the state of music twenty years ago.

It was a time of big hair, big earrings and big government. The 80's were a decade of decadence and they were in full swing in '86. Hair metal was nearing its pinnacle, and pop music from the likes of Bananarama sounded as plastic as the cheap jewelry band members wore. Madonna was telling Papa not to preach, Robert Palmer was addicted to love and things got slippery when wet.

The class of '86 wasn't the best the decade had to offer. Maybe people were busy watching movies. Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, Platoon, Karate Kid II, Back to School, Aliens, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off were all released in '86. Perhaps people were just taking time to make babies (possibly while at the movies). Mischa Barton, Amanda Bynes, the Olsen Twins, and Lindsay Lohan were all born that year. Anyway the times were as fast as the cars and women. It was 1986 and these are the top 5 albums from an eclectic year.

Metallica- Master of Puppets- Forget their anti-Napster protests and their decade long decline. In 1986 Metallica was loud, hard and fast. This was their last album with the original lineup and it was their best. The speed and fury of the record is matched by its melodic tones and precision. James Hetfield's insightful lyrics and the band's musicianship (especially bassist Cliff Burton) meld this 8 song set into a thrash metal work of art.

The Smiths- The Queen Is Dead- I don't think that I'm dour enough to fully appreciate The Smiths or Morissey, but hey this album did something for a lot of people. The songs are infectious with tunes like "Cemetery Gates", and "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side". So let me grab my Members Only jacket and we can get out of here.

Beastie Boys- Licensed to Ill- Three Jewish kids in matching track suits brought rap to main stream America. I guess that's the American Dream. On this Rick Rubin produced disc, rap beats, metal riffs and crass humor get thrown together to make a raucous album that became the best selling rap effort of the decade. There was plenty of backlash from conservative groups and rap purists alike, but this album stands the test of time and is listenable to this day. Sadly this record allowed for later atrocities by the likes of Limp Bizkit.

Peter Gabriel- So- Finally an accesable Peter Gabriel album. At last he came down off his prog-rock high horse to give us an album of enjoyable yet intelligent music. When I hear "In Your Eyes" I can picture myself driving around in a red '86 Le Baron convertible, wearing a pair of Aviators and a pastel Polo shirt with the collar popped. Of course I would have been 2 at the time, but you get my point. With hits like "Sledgehammer" this album is quintessential '80's.

Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet- Yes, Bon Jovi made the list. Deal with it. While Guns 'N Roses would put the bite back into metal the following year, for anyone that appreciates a good pair of lavender leather pants this record is a mile stone. From huge ballads like "Never Say Goodbye" to monster hits like "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin' on A Prayer", and "Wanted Dead or Alive" this album bleeds '80's rock. If you bought this album, your money probably isn't the only thing you're missing. Like Bon Jovi himself said "You lost more than that in my back seat".

Other notable releases of 1986 include: AC/DC- Who Made Who?, Boston- Third Stage, Genesis- Invisible Touch, The Firm- Mean Business, Great White- Shot in the Dark, Guns N' Roses- Live Like A Suicide EP, Iron Maiden- Somewhere in Time, Janet Jackson- Control, Judas Priest- Turbo, Madonna- True Blue, Poison- Look What the Cat Dragged In, Run DMC- Raising Hell, Slayer- Reign in Blood, and Stryper's seminal To Hell With the Devil.

There were some notable blunders in '86 as well. You have to remember a lot of people were on drugs then. Bananarama were allowed in a recording studio, Eric Clapton had a down album with August, and Europe released the abomination that was The Final Countdown. Undoubtedly the year's biggest tragedy was the birth of Van Hagar. After the incendiary David Lee Roth quit/was fired from Van Halen, he was replaced by the incompetent Sammy Hagar. His earnest lyrics and bad haircut took the showmanship out of their songs and the wind out of their sails. Don't be fooled by anyone claiming the Hagar years were good. Hagar was a hack.

So that's 1986. It clearly lacks the quality of 1976, and was outclassed from top to bottom but at least it's not next week's subject...1996


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1 posted on 01/27/2006 3:43:24 PM PST by qam1
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2 posted on 01/27/2006 3:48:03 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

"Who made Who" was playing in my car when I got in my first accident.


3 posted on 01/27/2006 3:53:32 PM PST by Betis70 (Brass Bonanza Forever)
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To: qam1

Hm. I suppose this is more intelligent and intelligible than something written by a babboon. But not much more.


4 posted on 01/27/2006 3:55:09 PM PST by r9etb
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To: qam1

LOL! I graduated in 86!

I have to agree that Master of Puppets was Metallica's best album.

Trying to decide if we want to go to my 20th reunion this year.

My son said the other day "Working for the Weekend" was old folks music.

Gads, I feel old.


5 posted on 01/27/2006 3:55:18 PM PST by eyespysomething (For you to insult me, I must first value your opinion.)
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To: qam1




The other 1986...
6 posted on 01/27/2006 3:56:35 PM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: qam1
It was a time of big hair, big earrings and big government.

Big government?

7 posted on 01/27/2006 4:00:37 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: qam1

86 was a decent year musically, but 83, 87, and 88 were the best years of the 80s.

I think "Under Lock And Key" was released by Dokken in late 1985 or early '86. Good stuff. Also "Keeper of the Seven Keys I" by Helloween, IIRC.


8 posted on 01/27/2006 4:03:27 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: baker_girl; annie laurie; PaulaB; MotleyGirl70; EX52D

Rockin' 80s Ping!


9 posted on 01/27/2006 4:07:11 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Hear! Hear! on the Husker Du.

I was just listening to The Replacements on the way home from work today!


10 posted on 01/27/2006 4:08:20 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Incorrigible

Not compared to today!


11 posted on 01/27/2006 4:11:43 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: RockinRight
"MOP" was Metallica's best album by far.

Eighty percent of everything after "The Black Album" was crap.

12 posted on 01/27/2006 4:12:22 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: RockinRight

I love Metallica!

I have the newest DVD 'Some Kind of Monster'.

I watched the whole thing, including extras.

(yeah I know, I need a life)


13 posted on 01/27/2006 4:12:37 PM PST by baker_girl (Learn the rules so you know how to break them.)
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To: qam1

My buddy always says "Everything after I graduated highschool is CRAP!"

I disagree.


14 posted on 01/27/2006 4:14:47 PM PST by Toby06
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To: MotleyGirl70

I agree. MOP was the best. "Ride the Lightning" a very close second. The Black album was decent, but after that it was ALL downhill.


15 posted on 01/27/2006 4:16:51 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: Toby06

Everything after my FRESHMAN year of high school was crap...


16 posted on 01/27/2006 4:17:32 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: qam1
Beastie Boys- Licensed to Ill

Love it.

Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet

Hated it.

17 posted on 01/27/2006 4:17:53 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: baker_girl

Was it old stuff, new, or both on that DVD?


18 posted on 01/27/2006 4:18:07 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: All
At least the '80's music had a decent BEAT to it, and was fun to listen to. This junk, garbage-rock trash today, where EVERYONE sounds like they are singing a funeral dirge through their nose, it sickens me to my stomach.

BTW-- I grad'd, in '86, too.
19 posted on 01/27/2006 4:18:13 PM PST by Rca2000 (5th amendment.)
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To: RockinRight

LOL! What year?


20 posted on 01/27/2006 4:20:01 PM PST by Toby06
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To: RockinRight

It was mostly new stuff.

It was about the making of the CD 'Some Kind of Monster'.


21 posted on 01/27/2006 4:20:49 PM PST by baker_girl (Learn the rules so you know how to break them.)
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To: Toby06

1991


22 posted on 01/27/2006 4:21:18 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: RockinRight

It'd put "Ride the Lightening" second and "...And Justice for All" at third.


23 posted on 01/27/2006 4:21:45 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

I would agree. BJ's first two albums were actually decent, although I dislike Jon Bon Jovi personally, the self-titled, and "7800 Fahrenheit" were actually decent albums.


24 posted on 01/27/2006 4:22:19 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: RockinRight

Everything after your 6th grade year is crap!

Just kidding.


25 posted on 01/27/2006 4:22:27 PM PST by Toby06
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To: MotleyGirl70

For third place, for me it's a tie between "AJFA" and "Kill 'Em All."


26 posted on 01/27/2006 4:23:37 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: qam1
Run DMC- Raising Hell,

I had the "Raising Hell" cassette tape when it first came out.

I still love this song: "It's Tricky"

Hopefully the sample link works.

27 posted on 01/27/2006 4:31:37 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

I LOVE that song!


28 posted on 01/27/2006 4:33:19 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: qam1

I graduated from high school on May 22, 1986.


29 posted on 01/27/2006 4:33:44 PM PST by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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To: eyespysomething

We're the class of sexy chicks!
We're the class of 86!!!!


30 posted on 01/27/2006 4:36:29 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Chuck Cooperstein is a tool.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

We used to play that tape before every HS football game we played. Bunch of (mostly) white guys gettin into stinky football gear listening to Run DMC.

Yikes that link brought back some memories.


31 posted on 01/27/2006 4:36:47 PM PST by Betis70 (Brass Bonanza Forever)
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To: Betis70

Geez I sound old in that post.

:(

Well, TGIF!


32 posted on 01/27/2006 4:37:36 PM PST by Betis70 (Brass Bonanza Forever)
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To: Betis70
Geez I sound old in that post.

Lol. Don't worry when I get on these 80's threads I can't help but feel a bit like an oldie and realize my 20 year high school reunion is only a few years away. Yikes!

33 posted on 01/27/2006 4:43:06 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

Same here...except my 20 year reunion is still a few years away.


34 posted on 01/27/2006 4:47:35 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: qam1
Metallica- Master of Puppets- Forget their anti-Napster protests and their decade long decline. In 1986 Metallica was loud, hard and fast. This was their last album with the original lineup and it was their best. The speed and fury of the record is matched by its melodic tones and precision. James Hetfield's insightful lyrics and the band's musicianship (especially bassist Cliff Burton) meld this 8 song set into a thrash metal work of art.

GREAT album. I actually owned the vinyl, the cassette, and two copies of the CD (the first one badly damaged by my ex-girlfriend). I was the only kid in my fifth grade class, btw, who wore a Master of Puppets t-shirt.

35 posted on 01/27/2006 6:21:35 PM PST by Clemenza (Divot: "You're Meshugah!" Bakshi: "I'm NOT Your Sugar!")
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To: hispanarepublicana

Oh, '86 was the year I finally had to grow up - my daughter was born that year. ;^)


36 posted on 01/27/2006 6:52:02 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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To: qam1

'86 The year I got kicked off the campus radio station for playing Led Zeppelin.


37 posted on 01/27/2006 7:19:44 PM PST by uglybiker (Iraqis have purple on their fingers. Liberals have brown on their thumbs.)
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When I hear "In Your Eyes" I can picture myself driving around in a red '86 Le Baron convertible, wearing a pair of Aviators and a pastel Polo shirt with the collar popped.

I wonder if it was Jon Voight's Le Baron.

38 posted on 01/27/2006 8:33:37 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

ive been a fan ofd the ramones since 1981 when i rented the video of rock and roll high school.I was listening to animal boy on my walkman after school when I stepped in front of a motorcycle running a red light. (Stupid me thinking a walk sign meant walk.I was a naive 16 year old back then.)Wart hog had just started playing when I stepped off the curve and the impact of the motorcycle hitting me destroyed the tape and the cassette case ihad in my pocket.It also put me into a coma for a few days.(I had legally died 3 times on the way to the hospital but the brought me back each time with the shock paddles.) After I got out of the coma the first thing I did was ask for a new ramones tape to replace the one the got broken lol. I believe if I rember correctly they won a new york city music award for the animal boy album.


39 posted on 01/28/2006 2:28:08 AM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: weegee

rock and roll ping


40 posted on 01/28/2006 2:29:33 AM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: qam1

I actually had an '86 LeBaron and drove it wearing my wayfarers. And I saw Bon Jovi on the Slippery When Wet tour (don't hate me). Ahhhh, the 80s.


41 posted on 01/28/2006 5:35:40 AM PST by ncdrumr
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To: RockinRight
"Under Lock and Key" by Dokken! I'd almost forgotten about that one.

At the time it was Slayer's "Reign In Blood", Metallica's "Master of Puppets", Anthrax's "Among the Living", Iron Maiden's "Live After Death", and Judas Priest's "Turbo" for me.

The droogies and I all cursed Bon Jovi as a "poser", even though I had the same hair-do at the time. ;-D

42 posted on 01/28/2006 2:04:29 PM PST by FierceDraka ("Sure as I know anything, I know this: I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Mal Reynolds)
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To: RockinRight

My Keeper I CD says 1987, 86 was their first album, I think (Walls Of Jericho).


43 posted on 01/28/2006 2:07:52 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: RockinRight
"Ride the Lightning" a very close second.

I remember seeing Metallica on the "Ride the Lightning" tour - at a small all-ages club on the south side of Indy in early '85.

The opening act was Armoured Saint (with Jon Bush on vocals, who went on to front Anthrax after the departure of Joey Belladonna), followed by Metallica, and the headliner was W.A.S.P. of all things. ("I f**k like a beeeee-east!")

Take THAT, Tipper Gore!

44 posted on 01/28/2006 2:10:04 PM PST by FierceDraka ("Sure as I know anything, I know this: I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Mal Reynolds)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Don't forget "Theatre of Pain"!


45 posted on 01/28/2006 2:10:45 PM PST by FierceDraka ("Sure as I know anything, I know this: I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Mal Reynolds)
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To: MotleyGirl70

More like 98 percent.


46 posted on 01/28/2006 2:13:55 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: qam1
Thanks for the ping. I graduated in 1986 myself. My girlfriend (now wife) had BIG hair. I "pegged" the cuffs of my acid washed jeans. I kind of miss those times a bit. No mortgage, car payments, 401K.
Anyhow, if I could take this thread onto cars, if you had a Buick turbo Grand National in '86 (as a high school or college aged guy)you were THE MAN.
47 posted on 01/28/2006 3:55:07 PM PST by Moleman
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To: FierceDraka

I like anything from Poison to Slayer, but back in the late 80s I didn't own up to anything "softer" than Motley Crue and I even caught sh&t for that.


48 posted on 01/28/2006 7:04:43 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: FierceDraka

Good stuff! I have a couple W.A.S.P. CD's.


49 posted on 01/28/2006 7:05:09 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: darkangel82

Yup, you're right.


50 posted on 01/28/2006 7:07:35 PM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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