Flashback: 1987 (Part 1)

Prince – “Sign “☮” the Times”*
Paisley Park 0-20648 (12-inch single)
1987

U2 – The Joshua Tree
Island 7 90581-2 (CD)
1987

Amidst all the anxiety and pathos swirling around inside my head, these two records were released. Prince’s new single, “Sign “☮” the Times”, came out in February (the album of the same name wouldn’t hit the shops until the end of March); The Joshua Tree came out in March, one week before my birthday. Continue reading

Flashback: 1987 (Prelude)

1987 will undoubtedly be the subject of a lot of posts on this blog. It was, simply, that kind of year for me—in as many different ways as you can interpret “that“. In nearly every respect possible—physically, geographically, emotionally, and a few other “-ly”s—I was in a different place at the end of the year than I was at the beginning.

Flashback: Elton John—Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Part 2)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
MCA MCA2-10003 (double LP)
1973

Since I bought this album in the spring of 1974, a couple of the things I remember about the time are lots of sunny days, and the introduction of Mr. Pibb, Coca-Cola’s Dr. Pepper wannabe soda. Continue reading

Flashback: David Bowie—Pin-Ups (8-track edition)

Because I haven’t posted anything new for a couple of years now, I’m going to delete my other blog (The Lifelong Mixtape) soon. I don’t want to lose everything, though, so I’m going to re-post some of the entries here. First up: my reminiscences around David Bowie’s 1973 album Pin-Ups. Continue reading