NME Top Singles of 1987

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Prince - Sign O' the Times
13
19%
Eric B and Rakim - Paid in Full
7
10%
That Petrol Emotion - Big Decision
5
7%
Public Enemy - Rebel Without a Pause
10
14%
M/A/R/R/S - Pump up the Volume
8
12%
Eric B and Rakim - I Know You Got Soul
6
9%
The Fall - Hit the North
6
9%
The Sugarcubes - Birthday
5
7%
New Order - True Faith
9
13%
Cookie Crew - Females
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NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Darkness_Fish » 06 Jul 2018, 14:15

Now we're talking, after a pretty bad couple of years there's plenty to approve of here. Eric B, Rakim, and Chuck D take hip-hop to a higher plane, M/A/R/R/S release one of the greatest dance singles ever recorded, and New Order wring out their last drips of quality with "True Faith", whose b-side, "1963", was also bloody lovely. Never heard of Cookie Crew before but even hearing that James Brown wooh-yay sample once again didn't dampen it's liveliness. Only the NME-core dullness of That Petrol Emotion really soils that top 10, I can even find a bit of room in my heart for The Fall.

1. Prince - Sign O' the Times


2. Eric B and Rakim - Paid in Full


3. That Petrol Emotion - Big Decision


4. Public Enemy - Rebel Without a Pause
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5. M/A/R/R/S - Pump up the Volume


6. Eric B and Rakim - I Know You Got Soul


7. The Fall - Hit the North


8. The Sugarcubes - Birthday


9. New Order - True Faith


10. Cookie Crew - Females
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Darkness_Fish » 06 Jul 2018, 14:29

Almost forgot the longlist:

11. Girlfriend In A Coma - The Smiths
12. Hey Love - King Sun D Moet
13. Rent - Pet Shop Boys
14. Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
15. If I Was Your Girlfriend - Prince
16. Get Down - Derek B
17. Fairy Tale Of New York - The Pogues
18. Boops(Here To Go) - Sly And Robbie
19. Birth School Work Death - The Godfathers
20. He's A Whore/The Model - Big Black
21. The Albums Of Jack - The Bachelor Pad
22. First We Take Manhattan - Jennifer Warnes
23. This Brutal House - Nitro Deluxe
24. April Skies - The Jesus And Mary Chain
25. You're Gonna Get Yours - Public Enemy
26. Someday - Ce Ce Rogers
27. My Favourite Dress - The Wedding Present
28. Saturday Night - Schoolly D
29. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
30. It's A Sin - Pet Shop Boys
31. Alex Chilton - The Replacements
32. The Godfather - Spoonie Gee
33. New Mind - Swans
34. Downtown - Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu
35. I Am The Law - Anthrax
36. Beaver Patrol - Pop Will Eat Itself
37. Letter From America - The Proclaimers
38. All You Need Is Love - Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu
39. There’s A Ghost In My House - The Fall
40. It’s Not Heaven - Blind Mice
41. Beats And Pieces - Cold Cut
42. Rock Da House - Cookie Crew
43. What Have I Done To Deserve This - Pet Shop Boys
44. There Ain’t Nothin’ Like Shaggin’ - The Tams
45. Chasin A Dream - Tashan
46. Indians - Anthrax
47. Lolita - Ar Kane
48. What’s My Scene? - The Hoodoo Gurus
49. La Isla Bonita - Madonna
50. The Kray Twins - Renegade Sound Wave
51. Brilliant Disguise - Bruce Springsteen
52. Sho’ You Right - Barry White
53. Jump Start - Natalie Cole
54. Mary’s Prayer - Danny Wilson
55. Shoplifters Of The World Unite - The Smiths
56. Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Noise - Age Of Chance
57. Walk Away - Surf Drums
58. Build - The Housemartins
59. Touch Of Grey - The Grateful Dead
60. If You Let Me Stay - Terence Trent D’arby
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Eddie Shah environment » 06 Jul 2018, 15:25

Ah! That Petrol Emotion's moment in the sun! Great single that, still have the 7".

Everything else is at least good apart from the dreadful New Ordure - as usual featuring the worst vocal this side of David 'Dave' Gilmour, and that jerky gimmicky Prince bollocks.

'Hit The North' is only second-tier Fall even tho' I suppose it's one of their most well-known efforts. The B-side 'Australians in Europe' is an absolute peach, however. Wild, funny, fabulous tune.
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Eddie Shah environment » 06 Jul 2018, 15:29

and from the rest of the list:

*****
21. The Albums Of Jack - The Bachelor Pad
37. Letter From America - The Proclaimers
59. Touch Of Grey - The Grateful Dead
43. What Have I Done To Deserve This - Pet Shop Boys


****
17. Fairy Tale Of New York - The Pogues
19. Birth School Work Death - The Godfathers
31. Alex Chilton - The Replacements
55. Shoplifters Of The World Unite - The Smiths
60. If You Let Me Stay - Terence Trent D’arby


***
14. Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys
27. My Favourite Dress - The Wedding Present
30. It's A Sin - Pet Shop Boys
36. Beaver Patrol - Pop Will Eat Itself
52. Sho’ You Right - Barry White
54. Mary’s Prayer - Danny Wilson
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Jumper K » 06 Jul 2018, 15:31

Derek B and Renegade Soundwave are the bomb!

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Count Machuki » 06 Jul 2018, 17:11

the two Eric Bs and the Prince

the long list looks rough...who knew Barry White was still having hits in 1987?!
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby sloopjohnc » 06 Jul 2018, 17:42

Prince
Pump Up the Volume
Public Enemy

Prince nudged out Paid in Full.

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Postby Goat Boy » 06 Jul 2018, 17:49

sloopjohnc wrote:Prince
Pump Up the Volume
Public Enemy

Prince nudged out Paid in Full.


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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby sloopjohnc » 06 Jul 2018, 18:15

Goat Boy wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:Prince
Pump Up the Volume
Public Enemy

Prince nudged out Paid in Full.


Holy shit, we agree!

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Dayodead » 06 Jul 2018, 19:53

"Birthday","New Faith","Paid in Full"

Best of the long list:
Girlfriend In A Coma - The Smiths
If I Was Your Girlfriend - Prince
He's A Whore/The Model - Big Black
April Skies - The Jesus And Mary Chain
You're Gonna Get Yours - Public Enemy
Alex Chilton - The Replacements
There’s A Ghost In My House - The Fall
Shoplifters Of The World Unite - The Smiths
If You Let Me Stay - Terence Trent D’arby

My Top 20 for 1987:
1. The Jesus and Mary Chain- April Skies
2. REM- The one I love
3. The Smiths- Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me
4. The Sugarcubes- Birthday
5. The Cure- Just like heaven
6. Pink Industry- Don't let go
7. New Order- New Faith
8. The Smiths- Shoplifters of the world unite
9. Depeche Mode- Never let me down, again
10. Eric B. & Rakim- paid in full
11. Siouxsie and the Banshees- The Passenger
12. Public Image Limited- Seattle
13. Prince- Sign o the times
14. Love and Rockets- No new tale to tell
15. Happy Mondays- 24 hour party people
16. X- 4th of July
17. Public Enemy- You're gonna get yours
18. Talulah Gosh- Talulah Gosh
19. The Sisters of Mercy- This Corrosion
20. The Residents- Hit the road jack

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby toomanyhatz » 06 Jul 2018, 20:09

PE and the 2nd EB&R way over and above the rest.

Prince's irrepressible groove is enough to overcome the sophomoric, preachy lyrics and TPE's moment in the sun (it helps that the "rap" part is pretty embarrassing).

Pogues and 'Mats from the long list, but you knew I'd say that...
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Postby Phenomenal Cat » 06 Jul 2018, 20:15

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Postby Polishgirl » 06 Jul 2018, 20:30

Prince
Paid In Full
New Order
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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Fonz » 06 Jul 2018, 22:09

Got to get to 46 before you get to anything I’d willingly listen to now.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby Ranking Ted » 06 Jul 2018, 23:16

I was 17 at the time, so I’m pre-conditioned to like a lot of this stuff but that’s a pretty bloody terrific 10, all 8/10 or higher. The rest of the list is stuffed with aceness too. I’m thinking of this as a playlist for the car right now.

Anyway - M/A/R/R/S, Public Enemy and Paid in Full today. Big Decision and True Faith just behind.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby borofan » 07 Jul 2018, 18:43

I'll take New Order and The Fall. The rest - not remotely my thing.
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Postby the masked man » 07 Jul 2018, 21:13

Mighty year, I went for Sign o the Times, Paid In Full and True Faith, but almost any of the other choices deserved to be there. Good stuff all round!

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Postby Pansy Puff » 07 Jul 2018, 21:19

The top 8 are great (apart from that fucking awful That Patrol Emotion bollocks). Anyone who doesn't like the Prince track is dead from the feet up.

I'll probably go Prince, PE and MARRS. But maybe one of the Eric B tracks will sneak in.
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Postby The Modernist » 07 Jul 2018, 22:08

Much better than the 86 list, music was getting exciting again.

I went for Sign, I Know You Got Soul and Pump Up The Volume.

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Re: NME Top Singles of 1987

Postby pcqgod » 09 Jul 2018, 18:53

Big Decision, True Faith, Paid in Full
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