Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
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music meme: best of 1987


1. Go to http://www.musicoutfitters.com/.

In the Search box in the upper left hand corner, enter the year you graduated from high school. The first item returned should be the 100 songs from that year. Cut and paste them into your journal.

Bold the ones you like.
Underline your favorite.
Strike through the songs you loathe.
Italicize the ones you can't remember.
Leave it untagged if you're without an opinion.

1. Walk Like An Egyptian, Bangles
2. Alone, Heart
3. Shake You Down, Gregory Abbott

4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Whitney Houston
5. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, Starship
6. C'est La Vie, Robbie Nevil
7. Here I Go Again, Whitesnake
8. The Way It Is, Bruce Hornsby and the Range
9. Shakedown, Bob Seger
10. Livin' On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
11. La Bamba, Los Lobos
12. Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung
13. Don't Dream It's Over, Crowded House
14. Always, Atlantic Starr
15. With Or Without You, U2
16. Looking For A New Love, Jody Watley
17. Head To Toe, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
18. I Think We're Alone Now, Tiffany
19. Mony Mony, Billy Idol

20. At This Moment, Billy Vera and The Beaters
21. Lady In Red, Chris De Burgh
22. Didn't We Almost Have It All, Whitney Houston
23. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, U2
24. I Want Your Sex, George Michael
25. Notorious, Duran Duran
26. Only In My Dreams, Debbie Gibson
27. (I've Had) The Time Of My Life, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
28. The Next Time I Fall, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant
29. Lean On Me, Club Nouveau
30. Open Your Heart, Madonna
31. Lost In Emotion, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
32. (I Just) Died In Your Arms, Cutting Crew
33. Heart And Soul, T'pau
34. You Keep Me Hangin' On, Kim Wilde
35. Keep Your Hands To Yourself, Georgia Satellites
36. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), Aretha Franklin and George Michael
37. Control, Janet Jackson
38. Somewhere Out There, Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
39. U Got The Look, Prince
40. Land Of Confusion, Genesis
41. Jacob's Ladder, Huey Lewis and The News
42. Who's That Girl, Madonna
43. You Got It All, Jets
44. Touch Me (I Want Your Body), Samantha Fox
45. I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett
46. Causing A Commotion, Madonna
47. In Too Deep, Genesis
48. Let's Wait Awhile, Janet Jackson
49. Hip To Be Square, Huey Lewis and the News
50. Will You Still Love Me?, Chicago
51. Little Lies, Fleetwood Mac
52. Luka, Suzanne Vega
53. I Heard A Rumour, Bananarama
54. Don't Mean Nothing, Richard Marx
55. Songbird, Kenny G
56. Carrie, Europe
57. Don't Disturb This Groove, System
58. La Isla Bonita, Madonna
59. Bad, Michael Jackson
60. Sign 'O' The Times, Prince
61. Change Of Heart, Cyndi Lauper
62. Come Go With Me, Expose
63. Can't We Try, Dan Hill
64. To Be A Lover, Billy Idol
65. Mandolin Rain, Bruce Hornsby and the Range
66. Breakout, Swing Out Sister
67. Stand By Me, Ben E. King
68. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, Genesis
69. Someday, Glass Tiger
70. When Smokey Sings, ABC
71. Casanova, Levert
72. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
73. Rock Steady, Whispers
74. Wanted Dead Or Alive, Bon Jovi
75. Big Time, Peter Gabriel
76. The Finer Things, Steve Winwood
77. Let Me Be The One, Expose
78. Is This Love, Survivor
79. Diamonds, Herb Alpert
80. Point Of No Return, Expose
81. Big Love, Fleetwood Mac
82. Midnight Blue, Lou Gramm
83. Something So Strong, Crowded House
84. Heat Of The Night, Bryan Adams
85. Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You, Glenn Medeiros
86. Brilliant Disguise, Bruce Springsteen
87. Just To See Her, Smokey Robinson
88. Who Will You Run Too, Heart
89. Respect Yourself, Bruce Willis
90. Cross My Broken Heart, Jets
91. Victory, Kool and The Gang
92. Don't Get Me Wrong, Pretenders
93. Doing It All For My Baby, Huey Lewis and The News
94. Right On Track, Breakfast Club
95. Ballerina Girl, Lionel Richie
96. Meet Me Half Way, Kenny Loggins
97. I've Been In Love Before, Cutting Crew
98. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party, Beastie Boys
99. Funkytown, Pseudo Echo
100. Love You Down, Ready For The World


By way of explanation: The summer before I started the eighth grade, I went to summer camp in Soquel, CA. While I was there, either an older kid, a counselor, or maybe this weird hippie sailing instructor [who looked like somebody's Grandma] had a Kraftwerk tape, and maybe even some Depeche Mode. This would have been 1981. I'd never heard anything like that music before, and I was hooked. As a twelve-year-old, of course I couldn't just go right out and buy music like that, but my parents were indulgent enough to buy me records from time to time. Before that summer, I remember having copies of The Muppet Movie, ABBA: The Album, Freedom of Choice, and a Neil Diamond single. After that summer, I had copies of Computer World, Speak & Spell, and... well, I think that was about it. Over the next several years, I slowly built up a collection of lots of Kraftwerk, plus other stuff that seemed cool. In the summer of 1982, for example, I remember sneaking away on my bicycle, riding many, many miles to a bank, raiding my savings account [it probably had about $50 in it, and I took most of it], and then riding it for at least another hour until I got to the Tower Records in Lincoln Center [in my hometown of Stockton, CA], where I blew it on a cassette of Depeche Mode's new album, A Broken Frame. In the summer of 1983, I still remember listening to both Computer World and Speaking in Tongues on a road trip around the USA; earlier on that year, we went to Germany on vacation and I'm pretty sure I remember seeing an ad for Techno-Pop in a Zweitausendeins catalog in Freiburg [where I bought a weird Kraftwerk compilation LP that had stuff from Ralf & Florian on it - it wasn't until nearly thirty years later I finally heard those songs on a CD].

By 1983, when I started high school, I had somehow developed fairly distinct tastes in music. I don't remember exactly how or why - maybe it was by raiding the bins of vinyl at the high school radio station; maybe it was by listening to other students' collections - but by the summer of 1985, I was enamored of stuff like Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, and Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel. My best friend Jesse - we went to Sunday school together - had similar tastes; I remember driving off to San Francisco as a sixteen year old, spending allowance money on expensive used copies of stuff like Die Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T. before heading back to Stockton to listen to the stuff together. Somehow, my love for Soft Cell followed Marc Almond through his far less commercial recordings, and by the time I graduated from high school I had all kinds of unusual stuff in my collection - things like a vinyl copy of the Rev. Jim Jones' final words in Jonestown. My senior year of high school, I remember listening to stuff like Wiseblood's The Fudge Punch and thinking that it was really, really incredible [I still do!].

And all the while commercial radio was presumably doing its thing, and I was completely ignoring it. That list of 100 songs, well, most of them I've probably never heard. The Prince song I called out as liking the most, well, it isn't my favorite, but I did love a song called Starfish and Coffee on that album; I would play it sometimes during my early morning show on KSPB, our high school radio station. [We were reprimanded to play stuff from new records at least three times an hour; thank God stuff like Coil's The Anal Staircase snuck in from time to time, though.] The other stuff, well, bleah.

Here we are, eighteen years later, and I still don't listen to the radio. Something tells me I'm not missing much, though. :)
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