The Great 80s Project: 1987

After three years of brilliant pop frivolity, 1987 has a huge contrast in mood with albums and singles that seem far more thoughtful and downbeat. U2 turned in a career best with ‘The Joshua Tree’; Pink Floyd made a huge comeback with the moody ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ and from a more alternative perspective, Sisters of Mercy and The Jesus & Mary Chain made huge waves with epic goth sounds.

It was an amazing year for albums, with debuts from Jane’s Addiction, Indigo Girls and The Lemonheads and career bests from INXS and Marc Jordan. There were also some top drawer singles from Suzanne Vega, Chris Isaak and Pet Shop Boys.

Real Gone’s voyage through 1987 is a great reminder of all of these, alongside deep album cuts from Van Morrison, Marillion, Dinosaur Jr. and lots more… The whole thing can be streamed below. As always, we hope it awakens old memories and reconnects you with old favourites…but, most importantly, gives you a new discovery or two along the way.