Tag: 1989

Steve Jones: Mercy/Fire And Gasoline (Rock Candy Records)

In the late 1980s, former sex pistols guitarist Steve Jones launched a brief solo career, issuing two underrated albums of hard rock and heavy metal, both of which have been remastered and rescued from obscurity.

Felt: Me & A Monkey On The Moon (Cherry Red)

Felt came to a quiet end in 1989, completing their”ten albums and ten singles in ten years” plan, and they did so with some of their finest music and best produced material of their career. The album also serves as an interesting predecessor and forerunner to the forthcoming Britpop movement.

Song Of The Day: A Certain Ratio, “Good Together”

Taken from the Mute Records release, Good Together.

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’: Mystery Road (Island Records/UMe)

When it came to their music, Georgia-based rockers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ always defied expectations; they were a red-hot Southern Rock band who could quickly turn into a damn fine roots-rock group. Their third album, Mystery Road, is arguably their best, and this deluxe edition shows why. It’s a blend of all sorts of styles, and has been expanded with a handful of demos to show that the album was no fluke.

Song Of The Day: Exposé, “Tell Me Why”

Taken from the Cherry Pop release, What You Don’t Know (Expanded Edition).

Song Of The Day: The Beach Boys, “Somewhere Near Japan”

A lovely little late-period number with a Jeff Lynne-style production, and one interesting backstory.

Bad English: Bad English (Rock Candy)

Bad English was an AOR supergroup formed during the downtime of their members’ successive projects. Their self-titled debut album featured one massive hit and a dozen more equally delightful hard rock confections, and remains more than a mere side project.

Rifftrax: The Wizard

This hilarious take on one of the most egregious examples of corporate exploitation of youth culture is delightful, snarky, and yet, oddly thought provoking.

3AM Eternal: Throwing Muses “Dizzy” (1989)

This Throwing Muses single may not be loved by its creator, but it serves as tribute to a health problem of this website’s editor.

3AM Eternal: Lisa Stansfield “All Around The World” (1989)

A wonderful pop hit from 1989; still sounds fresh and inviting today. And dig that addictive chorus!