‘Straight Outta Compton’, the incendiary 1988 debut album by N.W.A, has defined 30 years of hip-hop in a way that no other album or artist has.
One of hip-hop’s most enduring masterpieces, and sadly still as relevant in 2018 as it was in 1988, we look at Public Enemy’s second album ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’.
With its singularly weird and shockingly new vision for underground music at the end of the ’80s, Pixies’ debut album ‘Surfer Rosa’ is a unique kind of classic album.
Making a revolutionary impact on the American underground scene in the late 1980s, Dinosaur Jr.’s second album ‘You’re Living All Over Me’ is an indie landmark.
The Smiths’ fourth and final album ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ is the sound of Morrissey and Marr trying very hard not to repeat themselves, and succeeding handsomely.
A dimension jump in artistic terms, Hüsker Dü’s second album ‘Zen Arcade’ was one of the defining releases of the underground in America in the 1980s.
Guns N’ Roses first album ‘Appetite For Destruction’ is still the highest-selling debut in American history, and caused an upheaval in rock and youth culture.
‘Bleach’ is a snapshot of a band totally unaware of, and not even seeking, the massive and destructive fame that would come their way just two years later.
After the tentative first steps of ‘Movement’, New Order’s second album ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ saw them truly begin their post-Joy Division journey.
Prince’s 1987 masterpiece ‘Sign O’ The Times’ was arguably the last of its kind – the four-sided vinyl blowout.