I really like 16 albums from 1988, for some reason

In their ongoing series of celebrating the world’s favorite media as it turns 30, my friends over at Geek Salad Radio are tackling the music of 1988 this month.

They’re collecting personal Top Five lists to construct their final run-down for an upcoming ‘cast, so I went Inter-searching to put together my own list. I found my top five, but started with a longer list and whittled down, after a fairly exhaustive search*. That said, the uncut version adds up to the awkward total of 16, but there you go. It certainly isn’t the only thing awkward about 1988.

1

Delicate Sound of Thunder

Pink Floyd

For a band known for its live performances, it might be surprising to some that Delicate Sound of Thunder was Pink Floyd’s first live album release. It was recorded over five nights, ’embellished’ in the studio post-performance (i.e. new guitar solos and sound effects), and reached number 11 on the U.S. Billboard chart. When I owned it in physical form, it was a double cassette set, and therefore a prized possession.

2

Rattle and Hum

U2

Fun Fact: the album peaked at 172 on the Billboard 200, and that was in 2014. Another live/studio hybrid, Rattle and Hum was released as both a record and a documentary in 1988 — one could say that started a trend — so it’s technically a soundtrack. A lot of critics hated it, but it includes, arguably, some of U2’s best tracks — Desire, All I Want is You, and Angel of Harlem among them. Ironically, many R n H tracks reached more ears in the nineties and later than in ’88, after the band had taken a ‘new direction.’

3

Starfish

The Church

Reaching 41 on the U.S. Billboard 200, this was Australia-based The Church’s biggest commercial success in any country, featuring one of my all-time favorite songs, Under the Milky Way. It’s poppy and melancholy at the same time, kind of like me.

4

Watermark

Enya

I’d say this was my entree into ambient music, but my parents were really into Vangelis when I was a kid, so I’ll say this was the first ambient music I liked. The album is also a big part of the soundtrack to the film L.A. Story, starring Steve Martin, released in 1991.

5

She’s Having a Baby Soundtrack

Various

I’ve had this album in rotation pretty much since 1988; it’s a great mix of alternative and new wave with a decidedly British bent, including Kirsty MacColl, Gene Loves Jezebel, and Bryan Ferry.


6 The Raw and the Cooked, Fine Young Cannibals

7 Vivid, Living Colour

8 Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians

9 Beetlejuice Soundtrack, Danny Elfman/Harry Belefonte

10 Roll With It, Steve Winwood

11 The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, The Traveling Wilburys

12 Short Sharp Shocked, Michelle Shocked

13 Slow Turning, John Hiatt

14 Folkways, Various

15 See the Light, The Jeff Healey Band

16 Never Die Young, James Taylor

* – It’s tough to find a complete list of all ’88 albums out there. Thanks to some of my resources who did the work already, including Rate Your Music and the awesomely named Slicing Up Eyeballs.

But wait, there’s more! The Spotify List:

Oscars Fashion 2018: Jennifer Garner and everyone else

The biggest Red Carpet event of the year (arguably) brings me great, escapist joy. I do, in fact, care ‘what you’re wearing,’ and more importantly, who created it.

Happily, this was a very colorful Oscars in terms of fashion, giving us a lot to review. So let’s.

First, let me say this: I generally look at the dress, the accessories, the shoes, etc., an attendee is wearing as a fashion package, displaying the work of creative professionals. It’s about ‘who’s wearing who’ too a little, of course, but I tend to look at the clothes as art, not the clothed as hot-or-not.

It was hard to not just basically gasp in Jennifer Garner’s general direction this year, though. Woman slayed in every way in Atelier Versace, jewels by Piaget, shoes by Versace, flawless makeup, and oh-that-hair. Stop it.

I don’t know if Emma Stone was particularly comfortable at the Oscars, but she looked it – as well as polished, vibrant, and age-appropriate (Emily Blunt, take note) in Louis Vuitton.

Paz Vega may have brought some well-deserved western attention to eastern designer Christopher Bu. This is Met Gala Amazing.

A lot of people tried the gauzy, opaque look on the carpet this year, but only a few got it right. Leslie Bibb was the standard to meet in J. Mendel couture, with (Bachelor alert!) Neil Lane jewelry.

Points for flapper chic go to Gal Gadot – who also, incidentally, is rocking the still-hot warm metals trend in Givenchy.

What say you, fellow couch critics? Leave your faves in the comments!

Olympic Superlatives: Fashion Edition

I’ve always been a sucker for a parade, and for themed outfits.

It stands to reason, then, that one of my favorite aspects of the Olympics is the unveiling of each country’s official uniform at the opening ceremony, be they good, bad, or downright ugly. Plus, the parade of nations is every athletes’ moment to shine; not all will go on to medal in the games, but they can rock their designer puffy coats all. Night. Long, and even again at the closing ceremony if they so choose.

So, let’s throw a little more pomp and circumstance at the ‘Games, and assign some superlatives to the world’s best ambassadors of winter wear.

Most Likely to be a Cadre of Stone Cold Assassins: New Zealand

Least Likely to be Mistaken for any Other Country: Canada

Most Likely to be Craving Fried Chicken, for Some Reason: Kyrgyzstan

Coming up later tonight #ontheblog – Olympic fashion choices, including these guys.

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Most Likely to be Filled with Delicious, Buttered Corn Ready for Popping: Australia

Most Likely to …I’m sorry, what were we talking about? Tonga

VDay Weirdness 2018: The Round-up!

For that Ken and Barbie couple

Oh Etsy, you veritable trove of odd and unexpected. Only you could offer up this disturbing show of affection.

Spotted at: Babble

McLovin’ on a New Level

There’s something to be said for getting your loved one something they truly love for V-Day. And if your partner is super into McDonald’s hamburgers, yes, Virginia: there is a gift for that.

Fossil, for some reason, made a designer McDonald’s-themed watch — sorry, timepiece –at one time and you can still score one online for about $170.

Spotted at: Crafts n Clocks

Filled with Candy and Sadness

This one I love: the anti-Valentine Piñata. Festive, accurate, and appropriate for anger-management, if not slightly dangerous, depending on the bat.

Spotted at: Amazon

The Gift of Truth

When you still care enough to buy a gift but you just want them to stop it already.

Spotted at: Zazzle

Pillow Talk

Grab these, and whose is whose is up to you. You can go all-out with an entire bed set though, too, if you so choose.

Spotted at: DefineDesign

Cover Image: Eggplant Earrings for the emoji-lover in your world.

Spotted at: sucresucre