(My) Top 5 Tapes from ’88
1988 was probably one of the last great years for audio cassette sales.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, when it comes to 1988 releases in my collection, I have more tapes than CDs/LPs.
Somewhat more surprisingly however, four of the tapes featured today were purchased within the last four years!
5. Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Victory Day
Last year I called Big League one of the Top 5 Hockey Songs. No revision needed this year.
4. Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
Alas, the double LP managed to fit on a single cassette.
When I want to read about the rest of an artist’s discography, I’m glad Rich Kamerman is so thorough in his full catalogue re-visitations. Here’s what he said to say about the k.d. discography.
2. R.E.M., Green
Should we talk about the weather? Should we talk about the government? We should talk about the impressive run R.E.M. had through the 80s & 90s, including this everGreen 1988 release.
I enjoy ranking entire catalogues and I enjoyed FreeCitySound’s R.E.M. Albums Ranked Post. Though Green would be higher than 8th for me!
1. The Waterboys, Fisherman’s Blues
There’s a common misconception that the 80s sucked. One listen to this album should help disprove such nonsense.
Failing that, check out Ian’s Fisherman’s Blues review, or any of his other 499 misconception-shattering reasons, and that should be even more persuasive!
1988 is in the #2 spot on my Top 5 Duplicate Digit Years.
Living Colour & The Waterboys are on deck for this week, enjoy!