Friday, April 07, 2017

40 From 40: 1986

Number twelve of forty - see the previous post for those so far - covers an interesting year. Nostalgia kicked in, one week in June featuring six covers or reissues in the top ten. After the previous year's Live Aid increased press coverage meant the arena pop boom was about to turn stars into superstars, Madonna having the year's biggest selling album, while also previewing what level was to come with The Sun making allegations about Elton John that led to a successful libel case a year later and Junkie George having Six Weeks To Live (spoiler: it was more) Sigue Sigue Sputnik arrived, made an enormous noise, sold advertising on their album and promptly vanished again. The Chart Show debuted. The NME's C86 cassette codified the new jangle noise. And, out of the American streets, hip-hop and rap broke into the mainstream, Walk This Way leading the mainstream charge. Things were changing. These 40 songs (the second of which isn't on Spotify) can't really hope, what with personal bias and that, to reflect that but we'll give something akin to it a good go.

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Bodines - Therese
We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It - Rules And Regulations
Big Black - Passing Complexion
Hüsker Dü - Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely
The Pastels - Truck Train Tractor
The Shop Assistants - I Don't Wanna Be Friends With You
Throwing Muses - Vicky's Box
Volcano Suns - Four Letters
Camper Van Beethoven - Take The Skinheads Bowling
The Weather Prophets - Almost Prayed
Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth
The Go-Betweens - Spring Rain
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Tokyo Storm Warning
Stump - Buffalo
Run–DMC - You Be Illin'
Prince & The Revolution - Kiss
Steinski & Mass Media - We'll Be Right Back
Eric B & Rakim - Eric B Is President
Schoolly D - P.S.K. 'What Does It Mean'?
Arthur Russell - Lucky Cloud
Paul Simon - The Boy In The Bubble
Pet Shop Boys - Suburbia
Kraftwerk - The Telephone Call
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk - Love Can't Turn Around
Colourbox - The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme
Public Image Ltd - Rise
Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It
Red Box - Chenko (Tenka-Io)
The The - Heartland
Furniture - Brilliant Mind
It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)
XTC - Dear God
R.E.M. - Cuyahoga
The Housemartins - Think For A Minute (single version)
Peter Gabriel feat. Kate Bush - Don't Give Up
Billy Bragg - Greetings To The New Brunette
Sonic Youth - Star Power
Wire - Drill

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