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November 5, 2021


[Album 975/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 25 are from the year 1988.

I’ve reviewed all but one of them already (Dagmar Krause – Tank Battles).

Which 1988 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 25 albums, enjoy!



25. Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good. That would be a nice problem to have!

24. Dinosaur Jr. – Bug. Their second of two on the list.

23. Mudhoney- Superfuzz Bigmuff. Their first of two on the list.

22. Dagmar Krause – Tank Battles. Listened in the spring, to borrow a Metallica line, ‘I can’t remember anything’ particularly polarizing about it.

21. Metallica – …and Justice for All. Speaking of whom, One of their four albums on the list.

20. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation.

19. Happy Mondays – Bummed.

18. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything.

For some reason, with these highly acclaimed albums (which I do not dislike), I always expect to like them even more than I do.

And for those mismanaged expectations (for which I am entirely responsible!) and subsequent slight disappointment, that will likely hurt their chances of re-visitation.



17. Everything But The Girl – Idlewild. These Early Days, great track.

16. Dwight Yoakam – Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room. Probably more likely to revisit his performance in Wedding Crashers.

15. Living Colour – Vivid. I appreciate the ‘colour’ with a ‘u’

14. American Music Club – California. Any club that features pedal steels sounds alright to me.

13. Pixies – Surfer Rosa. Their first of three.

12. The Go-Betweens – 16 Lovers Lane. On my eventual musical travel destination tour.

11. Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking. Their first of two.

10. kd Lang – Shadowland. CanCon! Her first of two, and what a voice!

9. Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session. Also CanCon! Also fabulous Margo Timmins vocals.

8. Morrissey – Viva Hate. I’m more likely to revisit the compilation Bona Drag (which has the best tracks from here as well).

7. Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man. That he is.

6. The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues. It didn’t take them long to reel me in, all of about 12 seconds!



5. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman. Love her voice & Fast Car‘s song structure.

4. Fishbone – Truth & Soul. Bonin’ in the Boneyard, what a track!

3. R.E.M. – Green. Their 3rd of 4 on the list.

2. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Their first of three (and their others could easily end up in the Top three of their release years as well)

1. The Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God. Fairytale of New York is too good to only bring out once a year!



Verbalize the Positive

Ozma’s In Search of 1988, what an album closer!

From → 1980s

  1. I think somewhere there’s a book waiting to be written 1001 albums that never made the list but should have.

  2. And Justice and Green are the two that stand out to me here Geoff. Orange Crush what a track. Got my spine….

  3. I don’t have any of these and only a few I like. Where is the Rock!! Other than Metallica and Living Color there isn’t much. Some bands on here I didn’t realize went this far back

    • It seems to be feast or famine with the Rock – either lots like in ’87 or missing in action!

  4. jprobichaud permalink

    A lot of excellent work in 1988 and most of the albums from my list of favourites for the year are represented here. My number one was your mostly likely to revisit. Also, as much as I love MBV’s “Loveless” and their self-titled comeback album, I wasn’t in love with their debut so I don’t blame your or your lofty expectations.

    • I’d like to think our #1s were a case of great minds thinking alike rather than fools seldom differing!

      • jprobichaud permalink

        It’s definitely the former.

  5. I meant to add if you don’t have the Cowboy junkies album you are perhaps making a big mistake.

  6. ‘…And Justice For All’ and ‘Load’ were the first two Metallica albums I ever bought.

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