Tag: 1989

3AM Eternal: The Beach Boys “Somewhere Near Japan” (1989)

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

Faith No More: The Real Thing/Angel Dust (Rhino)

Faith No More’s first two records with Mike Patton as vocalist provide an excellent glimpse of a pretty good band morphing into something much greater.

Basia London Warsaw New York (Deluxe Edition) (Cherry Pop/Cherry Red)

Jazz vocalist Basia’s second album was a platinum-selling record that has lost none of its appeal twenty-five years later, and this deluxe reissue only makes it more special.

3AM Eternal: Keith Whitley “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” (1989)

The final lifetime hit of a young country star whose untimely death proved to be a massive loss to the music world, and who undeservedly has slipped into obscurity.

Camper Van Beethoven: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart/Key Lime Pie (Omnivore)

The college-rock explosion of the mid-to-late 1980s was a fertile, creative time, even though the genre gets written out of the rock history books, thanks to the burgeoning “alternative rock” scene and subsequent “grunge explosion.”  College-rock bands were melodic, a little rock, and not particularly ashamed of showing some ambition–after all, R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs obtained success while still… Read More ›

Alice Cooper: Trash (Hear No Evil)

By 1989, shock-rocker Alice Cooper had faded from the spotlight of the rock and metal worlds, thanks in part to the coming of punk, new wave, and 1980s pop. He continued to make records during this time, but his 1980s solo career seemed to offer diminishing returns. So it was that in 1988 he decided to… Read More ›

Ghost Dance: Stop The World (Cherry Red)

One could look at the history of Ghost Dance as a cautionary tale, even as their fate proves to be somewhat typical. Formed in the mid-1980s from former members of Skeletal Family, Sisters of Mercy, and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, they signed to Chrysalis Records. Unfortunately, the relationship between band and label quickly started to… Read More ›