Episode 46 – 1987 Year in Review Part 1


After much demand (ie. a couple of e-mails) we’re taking the time machine back to 1987 for 2 weeks as we discuss the Year in Review.

Before we get into the Delorean, a couple of notes. Our Geek of the Week is Jimi Betterton who left a very nice comment on the facebook fan page about last week’s Riki Rachtman episode. Thanks Jimi and please spread the word!

Welcome to all new listeners and those of you that have discovered the show through our syndicated version on Maximum Threshold Radio on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. EST. Thanks to Dominic and the crew for giving us another platform to spout our babble.

Our good friend Dick Wagner has released the hardcover version of his autobiography, Not Only Women Bleed and we were thrilled to receive our copies this week in the mail. Go HERE to get your copy of this fascinating look into the inner-workings of the rock and roll business and some hilarious anecdotes as well.

1987 was a special time in the adolescence of a young Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak; being aged 13 and 11 respectively. This was an interesting time in American pop culture with tv shows like The Cosby Show and Cheers leading in the ratings while edgier upstart FOX Network was providing more reality-based programming that would go on to dominate the next decade.

Popular movies in 1987 included Three Men and a Baby, Lethal Weapon, RoboCop, and Wall Street; which included one of the enduring quotes of the decade in “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

We discuss all of that and spin some of our favorite music from January through July of 1987 in part 1 of this 2 part special. The “hair band” movement was in full force in 1987 as bands such as Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi were ruling the charts and filling arenas. But a glimpse of a grittier future in rock was given with Guns N Roses landmark debut album, Appetite for Destruction. Taking the world by storm with a no-frills, attitude-filled song list, AFD ran counter to the image-based culture that was on top at the time; relying more on substance and swagger and becoming one of the premier live shows in all of music.

We also touch on how hindsight is definitely 20/20 when it comes to looking back on songs/albums that were revered in those early days of puberty and how are outlook on them has either changed or stayed the same. Some things definitely have held up over the years while others certainly sound more like they are fixtures in this Cold War-era that we are remembering.

There’s lots of discussion, good tunes, and LOTS more music ahead in part 2. We hope you enjoy our trip back to 1987.

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