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30 Years Ago: Pet Shop Boys Subversively Get Their Point Across on ‘Actually’

Parlophone Records
Parlophone Records

Pet Shop Boys' second album subtly mixed social commentary in with electronic dance grooves.

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30 Years Ago: Mr. Mister Take on Weightier Issues With ‘Go On…,’ Then Disappear

RCA
RCA

After the breakout success of 1985's 'Welcome to the Real World,' Mr. Mister made the mistake of getting serious.

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M. Embark on Work Tour

R.E.M. Work Tour
YouTube

A couple of weeks after releasing 'Document,' R.E.M. hit the road in September 1987 to promote their new LP, which would be their most successful yet.

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20 Years Ago: Duran Duran Make Music History by Selling ‘Electric Barbarella’ as a Digital Single

duran duran simon lebon electric barbarella video
Capitol

Duran Duran were pioneers in e-commerce by selling "Electric Barbarella" online. But retailers were not happy.

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30 Years Ago: Remixes Prove ‘Vital’ for Billy Idol

Vital Idol Billy Idol
Chrysalis

To capitalize on Billy Idol's fame in September 1987, Chrysalis compiled eight of the singer's remixes for release in the U.S.

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25 Years Ago: Tom Waits Gets Apocalyptic and Dark on ‘Bone Machine’

Island
Island

Tom Waits always sounded like he was getting ready for the end of the world, even when he was doing that jazzy beatnik thing in the '70s.

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25 Years Ago: Bob Mould Finally Finds Deserved Commercial Success With Sugar’s ‘Copper Blue’

Rykodisc
Rykodisc

Nirvana arrived and Bob Mould said he knew, right then, that guitar records were back.

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30 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Document’ Drags College Rock Into the Mainstream

Document R.E.M.
I.R.S.

A Top 10 hit and a platinum album marked the end of their world as an underground sensation, but R.E.M. felt fine.

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30 Years Ago: The Jesus and Mary Chain Switch Gears on ‘Darklands’

Darklands

After the swirling feedback of their debut, the Jesus and Mary Chain focused on lyrics and melodies on 1987's 'Darklands.'

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R.E.M. Ponder Earthquakes and Artistry on ‘King of Birds’: The Story Behind Every ‘Document’ Song

Spencer Platt, Getty Images
Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Michael Stipe's earthquake phobia came to the forefront on this 'Document' track, set to a martial beat.

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