20 faves #10: the velvet underground
45th anniversary

music friday: 1987

Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine". I love Slash's opening riff, but I confess, I can't stand the sound of Axl's voice.

Prince, "Sign O' the Times". I wouldn't argue with those who said this was his best album, although I'd vote for Dirty Mind. This was the last time I paid close attention to his albums, even as I still attended his concerts on occasion.

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, "Fairytale of New York". I like the sound of Shane MacGowan's voice just fine.

U2, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". I really wish Bono wasn't so annoying.

Sonic Youth, "Schizophrenia". I didn't really start paying attention to them until the next album, but they were getting to a place I could appreciate. I've actually seen them twice (1999 and 2009), which is two times more than I'd expect.

Sinéad O'Connor, "Troy". The first single from her first album. I tried to write while I was listening to this live performance video, and I had to stop ... she's commands our attention.

Aerosmith, "Rag Doll". There's a good, brief discussion of Aerosmith in the comments for last week's Music Friday.

Big Daddy Kane, "Raw". I tend to forget about Big Daddy Kane, but he was one of the best rappers of his day.

Rosanne Cash, "Tennessee Flat Top Box". We just went to a Pink concert with our daughter, which reminded me that the first concert we took her to, when she was four years old, was Bonnie Raitt and Rosanne Cash.

The Sisters of Mercy, "This Corrosion". The video is not of the 11-minute version.

Bonus 1987 track:




I turned 15 in 1987, making me especially fond of the music you chose here.

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