Best of 1988- The Album List

In the 20th Century, the year 1988 was the year with the most Roman numeral digits, but more important, in science and technology, it was a year of the first Internet-based chat protocol between USA and Europe.
On the music level, the charts was still dominated by the Stock- Aitken-Waterman hits who received the Brit Award for their production skills. On the different floors House music was slowly emerging, while Alternative and indie rock were even more diversified into various other musical expressions including the emerging Shoegaze sound. Of course there was a whole lot of different music moving people' hearts...

As every year we would like to invite you again to submit your top 10 albums of 1988. To ease the process we have included a list of around hundred albums which is of course not definite. Some album also link to Youtube can be streamed.

We prefer the following music styles:
#alternative rock #jangle pop #shoegaze #artpop #synthpop #house #post-punk #gothic #neo-psychedelia #minimal #industrial #electro

Deadline: February 28th 

01. Pixies- Surfer Rosa [4AD / Rough Trade]
Singles: Gigantic

02. The Go Betweens- 16 Lover Line [Mushroom / Capitol]
Singles: Streets of Our Town, Was There Anything I Could Do?

03. Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation [Enigma / Blast First]
Singles: Teenage Riot, Silver Rocket

04. Pet Shop Boys- Introspective [Parlophone]
Singles: Left to my Own Devices, Always on my Mind, Domino Dancing, It's Alright

05. Prefab Sprout- From Langley Park to Memphis [ Kitchenware / EPIC
Singles: Cars and Girls, King of Rock n Roll, Nightingales, Hey Manhatten!

06. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds- Tender Prey [Mute]
Singles: The Mercy Seat, Deanna

07. R.E.M.- Green [Warner Bros]
Singles: Stand, Orange Crash, Po Song 89

08. My Bloody Valentine- Isn't Anything [Creation / Relativity]
Singles: Feed Me with your Kiss

09. The Fall- The Frenz Experiment [Beggars Banquet]
Singles: Victoria

10. Marc Almond- The Stars We Are [Capitol / Parlophone]
Singles: Tears Run Rings, Bittersweet

11. Galaxie 500 - Today [Aurora]
Singles: Tugboat

12. Mylène Farmer- Ainsi soit je...[Polydor]
Singles: Ainsi soit je...

13. Siouxsie and the Banshees- Peepshow [Polydor]
Singles: Peek-a-Boo, The Killing Jar, The Last Beat of My Heart

14. Cocteau Twins- Blue Bell Knoll [4AD]
Singles: Blue Bell Knoll, Carolyn's Fingers

15. Talk Talk- Spirit of Eden [Parlophone]
Singles: I Believe in You

16. Leonard Cohen- I'm Your Man [Columbia]
Singles: I'm Your Man, First We Take Manhattan, Everybody Knows

17. The House of Love - The House of Love [Creation]
Singles: Christine, Destroy the Heart, Shine On

18. Psyche- Mystery Motel [New Rose]
Singles: Eternal

19. The Church- Starfish [Arista]
Singles: Destination, Reptile, Under the Milky Way, Antenna

20. Morrissey- Viva Hate [HMV/ Sire]
Singles: Hairdresser on Fire, Suedehead, Every Day is Like Sunday

21. Dinosaur Jr- Bug [SST]
Singles: Freak Scene

22. The Pogues-  If I Should Fall From Grace With God [Stiff]
Singles:  If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Fairytale of New York, Fiesta

23.Tracy Chapman- Tracy Chapman [Elektra]
Singles: Fast Car, Baby Can I Hold You Tonight, Talkin' Bout a Revolution

24. Erasure- The Innocents [Mute]
Singles: Chains of Love, Ship of Fools, A Little Respect

25. Duran Duran- Big Thing [Capitol / EMI]
Singles: I Don't Want Your Love, All She Wants Is

26. Jane's Addiction- Nothing's Shocking [Warner Bros]
Singles: Had a Dad, Jane Says

27. Black- Comedy [A&M]
Singles: The Big One, You Are a Big Girl Now

28. The Legendary Pink Dots- Any Day Now [PIAS / Play It Again Sam USA]
 No single releases

29. For Against- December [Independent Project]
 No single releases

30. Camouflage- Voices & Images [Atlantic Records]
Singles: The Great Commandment, Stranger Thoughts, Neighbours, That Smiling Face


Anonymous said...

1.Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation
2.Talk Talk- Spirit of Eden
3.Pixies- Surfer Rosa
4.My Bloody Valentine- Isn't Anything
5.Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Tender Prey
6.The Pogues- If I Should Fall from Grace with God
7.The Go Betweens- 16 Lovers Lane
8.Galaxie 500- Today
9.Dead Can Dance- The Serpent's Egg
10.Dinosaur Jr.- Bug


Graham Needham said...

FYI we have a useful electronic music "in the year" list/feature over on CyberNoise

Bori B. said...

Thanks Graham, very nice indeed! Could be very useful resource wise. Will try to update our list.

fancy_footwork said...

1.The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
2.Boy Meets Girl - Reel Life
3.R.E.M. - Green
4.Prefab Sprout - From Langley Park To Memphis
5.For Against - December
6.The Church - Starfish
7.Pixies - Surfer Rosa
8.Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
9.The Railway Children - Recurrence
10.Morrissey - Viva Hate

Anonymous said...

01.Sonic Youth- Daydream Nation
02.Pixies - Surfer Rosa
03.Tracey Chapman- s/t
04.My Bloody Valentine- Isn't Anything
05.Jane's Addiction- Nothing's Shocking
06.R.E.M.- Green
07.Leonard Cohen- I'm Your Man
08.The Pogues- If I Should Fall from Grace with God
09.U2 Rattle and Hum
10.The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane

cagliostro said...

Bori' I cant believe ( in shame ) that you forgot Duran Duran s Big thing. Maybe it wasnt big enough ?

Bori B. said...

Thanks for your comment! Added!
Look forward to receiving your list.

Bori B. said...

1.Pet Shop Boys- Introspective
2.Psyche- Mystery Hotel
3.Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
4.Black- Comedy
5.Legendary Pink Dots, The- Any Day Now
6.The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
7.Prefab Sprout- From Langley Park to Memphis
8.'Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now
9.Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
10.Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden

Anonymous said...

The Pixies- Surfer Rosa
Galaxie 500- Today
Dinosaur Jr- Bug
The Go Betweens- 16 Lover Line
Morrisey- Viva Hate
Leonard Cohen- I'm Your Man
The Church- Starfish
The Dream Syndicate- Ghost Stories
Tanita Tikaram- Ancient Heart
Wild Swans, The - Bringing Home The Ashes

cagliostro said...

Not a very brilliant year in music for me , in 1988 I was searching second hand records from the first years of the 1980's JAPAN, ULTRAVOX, OMd, THE HUMAN LEAGUE etc... (I was too young when they were issued) there's a lot of bands or lps I don't know from this list and I had difficulties to select even 10.
This is my list, Sandra at 10 proves how desesperate I was :-)

1 Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
2 Mylène Farmer - Ainsi soit je...
3 Duran Duran- Big Thing
4 Prefab Sprout- From Langley Park to Memphis
5 Pet Shop Boys- Introspective
6 Act- Laughter, Tears and Rage
7 Enya - Watermark
8 Marc Almond - The Stars We Are
9 House of Love – House of love
10 Sandra- Into a Secret Land

11 bonus : Eric Serra – Le grand bleu