1987; the rebirth of Arsenal Football Club under George Graham came to fruition on 5th April at Wembley when Barry Davies exclaimed, “It’s Charlie!!” much like many of Howard Marks’ mates at the time.
The final was a salutary lesson, kids. We decided, in the time-honoured Wembley fashion, to take a home-made banner. White bedsheet procured, black paint retrieved and witty banner message decided upon, we set about our work.
I honestly can’t remember what witticism emerged from the white background but I recall that we seemed to think that our hard work – as of yet unfinished – deserved a pint. We’d have a quick one and then return to finish our labours.
Which we did, three sheets to the wind at about 11pm that evening. The following morning, the lovingly stencilled endeavours stood out compared to the wonky slapdash work of our post-libation efforts. Suffice to say, the following morning at 7am, it was duly deposited in the dustbin as we headed for a fry-up in central London.
Other than Arsenal’s glory, I thought the year unremarkable. Certainly I can’t recall any momentous events in my own life worth reporting here. There were, of course, but such things have no need to be aired here.
Instead I recall things such as the ‘Great Storm’ which made a mockery of Michael Fish, even if Ian McGaskill later admitted he was the true culprit having given the Fishmeister his reports that day.
I didn’t know that, for instance, it was the year golliwogs were banned; I thought that happened far sooner than ’87. Margaret Thatcher went to the Soviet Union and rather inconsiderately, they let her leave as well.
Trawling through the deluge of data which is now available for the year, I was for some reason, struck by the descritpion of Holly Glynn as an “Unidentified decedent”. Jane Doe in American cop TV parlance, it turned out. She did apparently unlock one of the mysteries of life:
Anyhoo, enough of the frippery and on with today’s playlist. 1987 wasn’t the best year musically, I have to say. The bright spot was one of the finest debut albums of my lifetime, George Best by The Wedding Present. It was an lp worn out through use many years ago and one of the first cd’s I bought in 1990 which tells you how late I came to that particular game.
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|Lips Like Sugar||Echo & the Bunnymen|
|Kuff Dam||Happy Mondays|
|Birth, School, Work, Death||The Godfathers|
|Angry Young Man||Steve Earle and The Dukes|
|Paper In Fire||John Mellencamp|
|Dancing With Peter Pan’s Shadow||The Faith Brothers|
|I Couldn’t Believe It||David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks|
|Breakout||Swing Out Sister|
|Don’t Argue||Cabaret Voltaire|
|My Favourite Dress||The Wedding Present|
|These Important Years||Hüsker Dü|
|Boom Boom Mancini||Warren Zevon|
|Between the Wars||Billy Bragg|
|Same Song||The Higsons|
|Bounty Hunter||The Men They Couldn’t Hang|
|Hey Jack Kerouac||10,000 Maniacs|
|Harriet Tubman’s Gonna Carry Me Home||The Long Ryders|
|I Wanna Be A Flinstone||The Screaming Blue Messiahs|
|Five Get Over Excited||The Housemartins|
|Hit the North Part 1||The Fall|
|Ever Fallen In Love||Fine Young Cannibals|
|I Say Nothing||Voice Of The Beehive|
|Bo Diddley Is Jesus||The Jesus and Mary Chain|
|Trust In Me||Siouxsie and the Banshees|
|Shiny Cage||The Dukes Of Stratosphear|
|Angel in Her Kiss||Marc Almond & The Willing Sinners|
|Pale Spectre||The Wake|
|When It All Comes Down||Miaow|
|Touched By The Hand Of God||New Order|
|Another Town||The Railway Children|
|In God’s Country||U2|
|Fairy Tales||The Style Council|
|Pain in the Neck||The Larks U.K.|