“Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack (1987)

Paul Carrack; you recognize the voice, may not recognize the name. Unless you’re a hardcore music nerd which is probably the only reason you’re reading this entry unless you randomly stumbled upon it. Squeeze’s “Tempted”? That’s him. Ace’s “How Long”? That’s also him. Mike & The Mechanics’ “The Living Years”? Yep, it’s him. I believe… Read More “Don’t Shed A Tear” by Paul Carrack (1987)

“Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System (1987)

“Don’t Disturb This Groove” is so great at creating a mood; a laid back pocket of pure joy. The song’s about when something is so good you don’t want it to end. Mic Murphy is singing about his lady, but he just as easily could be singing about “Don’t Disturb This Groove”, itself. The System were… Read More “Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System (1987)

“Devotion” by Ten City (1987)

Sylvester was still alive at the end of 1987, when Ten City’s “Devotion” broke out of the burgeoning Chicago house scene and became an international hit. The disco legend’s spirit is all over these grooves, through. Sylvester’s best work successfully merged spiritual ecstasy with sensual release, topped off by that otherworldly falsetto. Ten City’s Byron Stingily was… Read More “Devotion” by Ten City (1987)

“Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

Donald Glover did a stand up bit about old school hip-hop and how simplistic it sounds when compared to newer stuff. I can’t really argue with the guy. Even as I sit and listen to “Criminal Minded”, it’s pretty basic. I mean, not “throw your hands in the air/and wave ‘em like you just don’t care” basic. But,… Read More “Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

“Bring The Noise” by Public Enemy (1987)/”Bring Tha Noize” by Public Enemy with Anthrax (1991)

Chuck D’s voice has been compared to many things over the years. While his vocal technique has evolved into something of a preacher’s cadence, it was more comparable to a foghorn or an air raid siren during Public Enemy’s salad days in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. It’s safe to say that Chuck’s early beginnings as… Read More “Bring The Noise” by Public Enemy (1987)/”Bring Tha Noize” by Public Enemy with Anthrax (1991)

“The Bridge Is Over” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

I didn’t know about the Queensbridge/Bronx hip-hop wars because a) I lived in suburban Detroit from 1984-1987 and b) even though I spent summers in NYC, I lived in Brooklyn, not Queens or The Bronx. I barely knew people outside my block, let alone my borough. I feel like this particular battle didn’t register with… Read More “The Bridge Is Over” by Boogie Down Productions (1987)

“The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker” by Prince (1987)

“The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker” would have been a better movie than Graffiti Bridge. Taken from the Purple Yoda’s magnum opus, 1987’s Sign o’ The Times, “Dorothy” is a woozy, lo-fi pop/funk jam that sounds like it was recorded underwater (thanks at least partially to an electrical glitch in the studio equipment that produced an… Read More “The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker” by Prince (1987)