Purple College Days And The Music We Played (Part 2) – The Class of ’88 Playlist

While focused almost solely on music now, there is a reason this blog was once about food, wine AND music.  Those are all things we often enjoy with other human beings, they create common and shared experiences… and while what is actually being digested through our senses is key; who is with us, the circumstances and relationships surrounding the event, and the moments created are equally, if not more, important.

I can tell you exactly what I ate at my favorite meals, but also who was with me, where we were and what we discussed.  And I will never forget listening to Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell, because it was with the girl I first uttered the words “I love you” to.

This is the power of music.  This is what makes it special.  This what creates our most vivid and lasting memories.

People shape us… friendships and loves, study partners and partners in crime… Not serious crime… Relax.  Late night munchie runs and pranks… Youthful indiscretions.

Music is always there playing in the background… or in front of us at a concert or show.  Comforting us after a breakup or getting us to dance at a social or frat party.  Filling the halls of a dorm or a house.  Becoming a part of our memory and our makeup.

Music defines us and we define the music we love.

On a reunion weekend we reunite, reconnect and reestablish… and we rock.  We groove to it… move to it… and at NU, we paint it.  The Rock, that is.

This is the music of that time.  Special thanks to the classmates who responded with their recollections and musical requests…

I know we are missing a ton of music… but hopefully not my contributors/co-conspirators…

With special thanks to:  Margaret, Beth, Catherine, Jenny, Stephanie, Amy, Laura, Elizabeth (Liz), Mark, Kris, Donna, Victoria (Vicky), Charlene, Paul, Holly, Gina, Michele, Tom, Dave C, Dave C (the other one), Gwen, Joseph, Emily, Raghu, Leslie, Barbara, Wendy, Peggy (Ayla Peggy), Miriam, Trudy, Andrew (Andy), Cindy…

I give you the…

The Class of ’88 Playlist

The Bands
Pretty much ANY Classic Rock band… too many to list…


Jimmy Buffet – In addition to getting me into Doctor Who and smoking pipes while we watched the show (easy, just pipe tobacco), I owe Brother Dave for getting me to be a Parrot Head.

Kate Bush

Cheap Trick

China Crisis

Phil Collins

The Cure

Depeche Mode


Fleetwood Mac

Peter Gabriel – I still believe I will get a woman to fall in love with me with the song “In Your Eyes” and a boom box.

Genesis – Another college (Rosemont Horizons) concert.  But “Throwing It All Away” was playing on the frat stereo when my first love called me on the public/house phone to dump me.

Grateful Dead – First and only time I saw them was with Dylan on a college summer break.  Yet another musical regret.  Should have seen them ten times!

Al Jarreau – If I knew then… my room’s soundtrack would have been very, very different!

Kenny G

The Knack

Loverboy – Though the Get Lucky album came out in 1981… this played all the time on my boom box!  So did 1983’s Keep It Up… Easy… easy…


Material Issue – Okay… had to go back to rediscover this Chicago Power Pop trio… but this is great.  Thanks, Spotify!

Midnight Oil

Alison Moyet

New Order

Sinead O’Connor

Pet Shop Boys


REM – About as college radio as you can get!

The Replacements

David Sandborn

Simple Minds – Seeing them in LA tomorrow night!!!  And of course, ANYTHING from any John Hughes film… EVER!

The Smiths – Funny… took me falling in love with Trashcan Sinatras to really go back and appreciate The Smiths.

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band – Like I’m not gonna put Bruuuuuuccceee!

Squeeze – Still love ‘em… A lot!  One of my all-time faves.

Steely Dan – Brother Roger told me that there was a drug reference in every, single Steely Dan song… To this day, I have tried to find them all.  Just saw them a few weeks ago in LA.

The Style Council

Talking Heads – Yeah, we all loved “Burning Down The House”.  That was kind of a frat anthem.

Tears For Fears – Yeah, Sigma Nu’s liked “Shout” but this was my go to band when I was feeling down… “The Hurting” may be the most depressing song ever.

U2 – Saw them and The Waterboys at the Aragon Ballroom freshman year… Sigh… Missed seeing The Waterboys the other night… Too tired from partying with the Class of ’88!  To rub salt in the wound… I was shopping in my Trader Joe’s yesterday when “Whole Of The Moon” came on the stereo!  Really?  Really???!!!

Urge Overkill – Apparently they were practicing on campus!

George Winston – How many studied to his records???  Or used them to help relax and go to sleep?  And we did a piece in the Mime Show to“Colors/Dance”.

Steve Winwood

The Albums
Appetite for Destruction  – Guns N’ Roses

Graceland  – Paul Simon

Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush

The Joshua Tree – U2

Licensed To Ill – Beastie Boys

Material Girl – Madonna

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

Purple Rain – Prince

Reckoning – R.E.M.

So – Peter Gabriel

The Songs
“Beds Are Burning”  (Midnight Oil)

“Big Love”  (Fleetwood Mac)

“Big Time”  (Peter Gabriel)

“Blue Monday”  (New Order)

“Burning Down The House”  (Talking Heads)

“Crazy For You” (Madonna) – The guys seem to have better, slow dancing memories of this song.  Sorry gals.  Sounds like this one is still bittersweet for you.

“Cruel Summer”  (Bananarama)

“Dixie Chicken”  (Little Feat) – Came out in 1973… but I am sure this was on our stereos!

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”  (Simple Minds)  – This is like a defining song of the ’80s… maybe THE song… Hmmm…

“End Of The World” (R.E.M.) – Can anyone sing ALL the words???

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World”  (Tears For Fears)  – We did… maybe still do!

“Fall On Me”  (R.E.M.) 

“Gone Daddy Gone”  (Violent Femmes)

“Higher Love”  (Steve Winwood)

“I Melt With You” (Modern English) – ‘80s romance at its best!

“Jungle Love” – Morris Day And The Time

“Just Like Heaven”  (The Cure) – A defining song for sure… and more ’80s romance… #40 in 1988!

“Kiss”  (Prince And The Revolution)

“Let’s Go Crazy”  (Prince And The Revolution)

“Let’s Go To Bed”  (The Cure) – Did not work for me… Dang it!

“Lucky Star”  (Madonna)

“Mirror In The Bathroom”  (The English Beat) – 1980… but a big carryover.

“Move Out” (Yaz)

“Once In A Lifetime”  (Talking Heads)

“Radio Free Europe”  (R.E.M.)

“Romeo And Juliet”  (Dire Straits) – Came out in 1981… but a killer song and one I still love.

“The Roof Is On Fire” (Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three) – This rap/disco mash-up kept us all dancing and screaming…

“The Search Is Over” – Survivor

“Take On Me” – Uh huh… and a-ha

“Tenderness”  (General Public)

“Walk Like An Egyptian” – The Bangles

Campus (or Pivotal Local) Concerts
The BoDeans
Echo & The Bunnymen (McGaw)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Fishbone (Orrington)
General Public
Jason and the Scorchers
B.B. King
Path Metheny (with Ornette Coleman, Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette) – This show blew me away and was like a two-hour orgasm.  Remind me to tell you about talking to Charlie Haden after the show… great story.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Paul Simon – Graceland Tour
Simple Minds
The Smithereens
Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes
Koko Taylor
U2 (The Waterboys) – Aragon Ballroom

And… Rock Alike!

Campus Bands
Big Picture
Doctor Bob and the Fakakta Blues Band
Ice Nine
Johnny Mucous And The Membranes
Lost Luggage
Niteskool Project
Randy and Brent (?)
Scotia Nova

So there you go… relive your youth… burn a CD… dance around the house.  The ’80s were a great time for so many things.

Go U, NU!


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One response to “Purple College Days And The Music We Played (Part 2) – The Class of ’88 Playlist

  1. Beth

    Loved both parts. Thanks for the memories.

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