Andre Gardner

Minnesota Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound and suspended for 10 games, the Dow Jones hits 2,500 for the first time (it’s over 35,000 today) and these were MGK’s top 10 rock albums from August 3, 1987.

  • 10. Back In The Highlife - Steve Winwood

    Unlike his previous two albums, Steve Winwood actually worked with other musicians on his fourth album – over two dozen in fact. People like Joe Walsh, Nile Rodgers and James Taylor all contributed to Back In The highlife. Over a year after its release, it’s #10 on this week’s countdown, and it’s Chaka Khan who makes a guest appearance on “Higher Love.”

  • 9. Invisible Touch - Genesis

    Genesis had an interesting approach to making albums in the 80s.  They’d basically show up at their studio, in the lovely village of Chiddingfold, England, and start making up ideas until a song was born out of those jams.  This gave them yet another huge album called Invisible Touch,. It was #9 on August 3, 1987 and, like Winwood’s, still in the top 10 after being out for over a year.

  • 8. Tango In The Night - Fleetwood Mac

    Looking back, it’s hard to believe that this was the last Fleetwood Mac studio album that featured the legendary lineup: Fleetwood, McVie, McVie, Nicks and Buckingham.  Tango In The Night peaked at #7 and drops one here to #8 on MGK’s Thursday Top 10 Countdown.

  • 7. In The Dark - Grateful Dead

    The title of this next album describes how the album was recorded. The Grateful Dead setup onstage at what is now the Marin County Civic Center, without an audience and, with the lights down low and setup like they’d be when they were onstage, they recorded In The Dark. It was an interesting experiment, with both Jerry Garcia and Billy Kreutzmann remarking how pleasant the experience was. The fans found it pleasant, too, as it became the band’s only top 10 album. Can you believe it? It was #7 on August 3, 1987.

  • 6. Beverly Hills Cop II - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Not only was Bob Seger’s first and only #1 single not written by him but, at the time, it wasn’t even on a Bob Seger album!  “Shakedown” was available only on the soundtrack album from Beverly Hills Cop II, which happened to peak here at #6.

  • 5. Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

    If you’ve ever seen the cover for the single of this song, it was actually one of the ideas for the cover of the album, back when it was going to be called Wanted: Dead Or Alive. Instead, it’s one of the standout tracks off of Slippery When Wet, #5 on the countdown.

  • 4. Girls, Girls, Girls - Mötley Crüe

    Next up on the countdown is Girls, Girls, Girls. Not the 1962 Elvis movie, the fourth album by Mötley Crüe, which peaked at #2 and on August 3, 1987, it was #4.

  • 3. The Joshua Tree - U2

    Quite possibly the pinnacle of their incredible career, The Joshua Tree stands as U2’s biggest album, going Diamond (10,000,000 copies) in the U.S. and cementing at #1 for nine weeks.  After that fantastic run, it drops a bit to #3 on our Thursday Top 10 Countdown.

  • 2. Whitesnake - Whitesnake

    Count Whitesnake as another band in the countdown with a breakthrough album.  Though the band formed in 1978, their self-titled seventh album made them household names.  Whitesnake peaked here at #2 on August 3, 1987.

    Did you ever hear the original recording of this?  Coverdale and Whitesnake tried it once in 1982, and it doesn’t sound that different than the ‘hit’ version:


  • 1. Bad Animals - Heart

    The #1 rock album this week is the ninth studio album by one of Classic Rock’s most rocking bands.  The title came from the lead singer’s dog being thrown out of a hotel they were staying in while on the road (the band manager kept him company with until they checked out!)  In fact, they liked the name so much, they also used it to name their brand new state of the art recording studio in Seattle! The number #1 rock album on August 3, 1987 was Bad Animals by Heart.

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