Back in time…
1986 – the catastrophe at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Four hundred
times more radioactive material was released from Chernobyl than by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together.
1986 in music – a varied palette of indie and mainstream stuff by the likes of The Fall, Talking Heads, Hüsker Dü, Peter Gabriel, A Certain Ratio, New Order, The Cramps and many more.
Turn Up The Volume‘s
25 ace tracks of 1986
NME‘s best single of 1986 – KISS by PRINCE
Rolling Stone‘s best single of 1986 – also KISS by PRINCE
– Throwing Muses – THROWING MUSES
Released: September 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Throwing Muses’ self-titled 1986 debut is still a startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh’s mercurial voice and lyrics… A powerful debut, Throwing Muses puts the work of most self-consciously “tortured” artists to shame; its fluid, effortless emotional shifts may not make for the most accessible music, but they’re unquestionably genuine.” Score: 5/5.
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– Licensed to Ill – BEASTIE BOYS
Released: 15 November 1986 – debut LP
AllMusic: “Perhaps Licensed to Ill was inevitable, a white group blending rock and rap, giving them the first number one album in hip-hop history. But that reading of the album’s history gives short shrift to the Beastie Boys; producer Rick Rubin, and his label, Def Jam… The Beastie Boys fueled this record through their passion for subcultures, pop culture, jokes, and the intoxicating power of wordplay.” Score: 5/5.
– Brotherhood – NEW ORDER
Released: 29 September 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “This was a New Order with nothing more to prove – witness the tossed-off
lyrics – aside from continuing to make great music… the songs and the band’s production
had reached such a high level. Score: 4/5.
– Candy Apple Grey – HÜSKER DÜ
Released: March 1986 – fifth LP
AllMusic: “Moving to a major label doesn’t affect Hüsker Dü’s sound greatly — although the production is more full-bodied than Spot’s razor-thin work, the Hüskers don’t change their blazing attack at all.” Score: 3.5/5.
– Your Funeral… My Trial – NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
Released: 3 November 1986 – fourth LP
AllMusic: “The Bad Seeds turn from the interpretive triumph of Kicking Against the Pricks to another strong high, the mostly-original ‘Your Funeral…My Trial’… Arguably Cave and company have by now so clearly established their overall style that the album is much more a refinement of the past than anything else, but so good is their work that resistance is near impossible.” Score: 4/5.