Melody Maker top 30 albums of the year, 1988

Good to see the back of 1987.

And skipping forward 12 months here’s the end of 1988 too. All these end of year lists are available in text form at Rocklist although you don’t get the little capsule reviews.

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Melody Maker singles of the year 1988

Melody Maker singles of the year 1988.

Got lots to say but no time right now. A few points on the above.

You Made Me Realise should be No.1 and Freak Scene should be No.2

Although you’re most likely to hear Crash as the soundtrack to a compilation of home movies it is a *great* pop single and should be higher.

The Young Gods inexplicably make the charts. I never got them and I know I wasn’t the only one. Someone commented a while back about how they seemed like an elaborate practical joke, as if Stubbs and co. had had a pub bet between themselves that they could break even the most difficult, avant-nonsense group. I think bovine masses got it right on this occasion.

Thanks again to the Idolator for the traffic spike. Thanks to everyone that emailed too – it’s really nice to hear from everyone.

I have to get ready for a 40th birthday party now, not mine quite yet, but fucking hell….40!

The Vinyl Curtain. Melody Makers best albums of 1987

Apologies again for the missing part of the page, which met with some sort of nasty incident with a scalpel. No idea why.

For the completeists the missing records from 1987 were

28. Squirrel and g-man… – Happy Mondays
29. Oh! tears baby – Win
30. At my window – Townes Van Zandt

I know this because of this great link that lists all the end of year charts from the Melody Maker from 1979 to 2000 when it died.

Link thanks to Hieronymus of Hesselink over at the When Saturday Comes message board

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Melody Maker Staff Choices Part One 24th - 31st December 1988

Melody Maker Staff Picks, 24th – 31st December, 1988 (part one)

It was 20 years ago today…well almost – time is indeed a cruel mistress.

One of the biggest impressions you’re left with looking back on these earlier issues, is just how much bloody copy they contain. I’m guessing wildly but I reckon there’s as many words in this single issue as 6 months worth of “copy” from the NME now. Not that I read the NME now but y’know…is this what’s called progress?

I’m going to put up some of the tracks mentioned in the coming part 2 and 3 posts. Interesting to speculate if Stubbs would still stand by that Joe le Taxi inclusion? As for Carol…what was she thinking?

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