1989 is considered a bit of a dead zone for music. The year came and went without new music from heavy hitters like Def Leppard, Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston. Even the surging thrash metal scene only saw an EP of mostly covers from one of it's Big 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) with Anthrax's Penikufesin EP. It was also the year Milli Vanilli released their now infamous debut record of music recorded by not them. The New Kids were starting to peak, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany were making music for shopping, Michael Bolton was taking over the world with his neutored soul singing, Prince went instrumental for the Batman Soundtrack, Aerosmith continued down the path of mediocrity with Pump while Madonna released one of the most masturbated to music video's for her song Like A Prayer. So there is reason to loathe the music of 1989
But it was also a year of resurgence for artists like Alice Cooper who released the career resurrecting Trash and Cher was suddenly topical again with her album Heart of Stone and the song Turn Back Time (Another spank heavy video.) The Rolling Stones came back to tour stadiums on their Steel Wheels Tour. Underground artists like the B-52's and Red Hot Chili Peppers saw their first mainstream success with their songs Love Shack and Higher Ground respectively. Paving the way for a future major shift in music from bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden who both released groundbreaking records in 1989. Mother Love Bone, the band that would largely become Pearl Jam, released their debut ep Shine in 1989. All of which would create a path for huge success for bands like Green Day and the Offspring. Both of which released their debut albums in 1989.
It also featured debut releases from the hair metal bands like Warrant, Dangerous Toys, Skid Row and Enuff Z'Nuff just a couple years before the sunset strip 80's metal scene became irrelevant.
Even suburban white boys had something to champion with releases from Tone Loc, Young MC and for those 18 and older 2 Live Crew.
It also was the year of an album that is at least in the top 10 of most influential alums of all time with the debut from Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine.
So I made a list. Below are 25 albums that everyone should have. They all turn 25 this year meaning they can rent a car. The list is in no order and I only used one criteria. They must be in my album collection. I have over 50 records released in 1989 so I figured if I don't own it. How good could it be. So I give you...
25 Albums You Must Own Or You Are An Idiot!!! (In no particular order.)
|White Zombie - Make Them Die Slowly|
|Accept - Eat The Heat|
|Ace Frehley - Trouble Walkin'|
|Badlands - Badlands|
|Black Sabbath - Headless Cross|
|Blue Murder - Blue Murder|
|Dangerous Toys - Dangerous Toys|
|Extreme - Extreme|
|Faster Pussycat - Wake Me When It's Over|
|Faith No More - The Real Thing|
|KISS - Hot In The Shade|
|L.A. Guns - Cocked & Loaded|
|Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule|
|Loudness - Soldier Of Fortune|
|Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise|
|Mother Love Bone - Shine|
|Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood|
|Nine Inch Nail - Pretty Hate Machine|
|Primus - Suck On This|
|Sepultura - Beneath The Remains|
|Skid Row - Skid Row|
|Soundgarden - Louder Than Love|
|Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy|
|Testament - Practice What You Preach|
|W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children|