Yeah, I’m pretty sure y’all saw this coming some time ago. My unhealthy obsession with the music of 1988 deems it necessary that I do the occasional thirty-years-on post this year. But hey! This time I’ll focus only on the music and spare you the personal stories you’ve heard enough times already. This’ll be like my Blogging the Beatles posts from a few years back, taking my favorite music from my favorite year specifically from a listener’s point of view. I don’t have any set schedule or plan for this series , so it’ll most likely be sporadic, depending on the release dates and so on.
I decided to use the classic Guns n’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (or as my friend Chris once call it back then, “Welcome to my Uncle’s”) as my header video for this introduction for a few reasons. Even though the track had been released back in July of 1987, it was still getting heavy airplay alongside their other classic single “Sweet Child o’ Mine”. Originally I was not a GnR fan at all, lumping them in with all the other hair metal bands of the day. But on the same token, they were essentially the hardest-sounding band out there at the time. A quick look at the early January pop charts and you’ll notice that pop music was leaning perilously towards the ‘lite’ side. It was refreshingly inclusive and included multiple genres and performers, sure, but you’ve got to admit that there wasn’t much of a spine to many of those songs. GnR was the much-needed exception to that rule.
It was time to look a bit deeper into the independents if I was going to satiate my need for exciting music.