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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
It was mostly new stuff.
It was about the making of the CD 'Some Kind of Monster'.
It'd put "Ride the Lightening" second and "...And Justice for All" at third.
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.
Everything after your 6th grade year is crap!
For third place, for me it's a tie between "AJFA" and "Kill 'Em All."
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.
I LOVE that song!
I graduated from high school on May 22, 1986.
We're the class of sexy chicks!
We're the class of 86!!!!
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.
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!
Same here...except my 20 year reunion is still a few years away.
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.
Oh, '86 was the year I finally had to grow up - my daughter was born that year. ;^)
'86 The year I got kicked off the campus radio station for playing Led Zeppelin.
I wonder if it was Jon Voight's Le Baron.
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.
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