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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Top-10 of My 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time

The TOP-10 Of My 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time

* means I bought the album right when it was released or at the latest a few months 

# means I discovered it later

10) Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates of Dawn (1967, E.M.I.) - Except for Ummagumma or Atom Heart Mother, and the Roger Waters-less albums, Piper at the Gates of Dawn may be one of the Pink Floyd albums I listen to the least. Most of the other albums have gotten more spins from me over the years because they can be listened to anywhere. To get the full experience of Piper at the Gates of Dawn it needs to be listened to where it gets your undivided attention. Preferably with a really good pair of headphones too. This way you can hear all the various sounds and nuances in songs like “Astronomy Domine”, “Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk”, and especially the nearly 10-minute “Interstellar Overdrive”. Plus, no knock on Roger Waters or David Gilmour (who would join for the next album) but Syd Barret’s vocals on songs like "Gnome" and "Scarecrow" are just extraordinary. Except for a few singles and a song on the next album, this is all the Syd Barrett you get so I would recommend checking out his solo albums Madcap Laughs and Barrett. (#)

9) Bad Brains - S/T (1982, Reach Out International) - Nothing can really prepare someone for
the first time they hear the Bad Brains, especially if it's this debut they hear first. I have enjoyed watching many people's facial expressions when the play button is hit. The blazing guitars of Dr. Know on 1-2-3 tracks of  "Sailin' On", "Don't Need It", and "Attitude", the leadoff bass by Daryl Jennifer on "The Regulator" into the stomp of "Banned In DC", all with singer H.R. leading the way. Unlike other Bad Brains albums where I would skip most the reggae songs, here at Track 6 "Jah Calling" you appreciate a second to catch your breath before they kick it in again with "Supertouch/Shitfit". After one more reggae song, you get five more Bad Brains classics including "Big Take Over", their first single "Pay to cum", and my favorite, "Right Brigade". A few of these songs would appear on their next album Rock for Light but they so much more primal here. (#)

8) Slint - Spiderland (1991, Touch and G0) -
I was listening to Slint's second album Spiderland when my wife started asking me a question. I asked her to hold on a minute because my favorite part of the song "Breadcrumb Trail", the last little "solo" by guitarist Dave Pajo at the 4:36 mark, was about to come on. When the song was over she said, "Song? I thought it was just a band tuning up". This is actually a good description of the band, especially for their misunderstood previous album Tweez, On Spiderland it works. None of the six songs contain a "verse chorus verse" structure.  Instead rely on the guitar, bass, and drum harmonics. Still, vocalist Brian McMahon still manages to relay characters and stories, some even with subplots. Track 5 "For Dinner" is instrumental. It is also amazing the band could record such an incredible album, it literally created a new genre ("Math Rock"), at such a young age. The band is most known from incredible "Good Morning, Captain" is included on the soundtrack to the 1995 movie "Kids". It's an intense 7-minute song that will keep you on your toes the whole time. (*)

7) Ramones – Leave Home (1977, Sire)  – I have to say I probably like the first three Ramones albums almost equally, with Road to Ruin and End of the Century right behind them. Leave Home gets a few more spins because the songs just sound a little more varied than the self-titled debut and Rocket to Russia. Besides the “1-2-3 Hey Ho, let’s go” numbers like “Glad to See You Go” and  “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” there are also some tracks that throw in some different elements. The slower tempo of “I Remember You” and “What’s Your Game", the revved-up guitar before the choruses of “Suzy is a Headbanger”, and the built-up lead in first verse on “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl” keep Leave Home just a tad more interesting than the albums before it and the one after.(#)

6) The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966, Capital) - It
may be a little cliche to include this album so high on the list but it really is one I listen to a lot since I rediscovered it around 2000. (I wrote more  in-depth about it here). It is especially in heavy rotation this time a year when the weather is warming up and we start spending more time outside. Of course when it gets really warm the earlier more sunshine-filled Beach Boys gets slipped into the rotation. Except for "Good Vibrations" of the next album and "Darlin'" a few albums down no post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys really get played in my rotation. On a side note, I recommend checking out the live album Graduation Day 1966 where you get a good mix of older Beach Boys songs and the newer Pet Sounds. The second more inebriated show on the album is particularly entertaining. (#)

5) The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle (1968, CBS) - Not going to get too deep into the album because I wrote about it here but to this day it still amazes me that is 1966 a band could get away being named after an undead being whose only purpose is to seak out brains for eating. But is you think about it The Beatles are kind of named after a bug. Then to have the track "She's Coming Home" about a female prison inmate getting released as their opening song. Just like the Pink Floyd album at #10 this album demands to be listened to in completion with a good pair of headphones It contains so many almost nut important sound coming from all directions. It also contains so many perfect harmonies to rival that band more known for them at #6.

4) Husker Du - Zen Arcade (1984, SST) - Another album I wrote more in-depth about here.
 On some of these past entries, I would instead say something about my second favorite album by the artist. With Husker Du I would probably rate all the others equal behind this masterpiece. Each one has pluses and minus I could point out. This one is perfect. (*)

3) Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (1984, SST) - My memory may be mistaken but I am pretty sure I bought Zen Arcade at the same time I picked up Double Nickels On The Dime so they are pretty much neck in neck as a favorite. The Minutemen's album gets just a slight nod. Right down to the cover image and insert images of guitarist D Boon, bassist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley individually driving cars, Double Nickles is essentially a road album and the first album I grab for a long trip. Even the first song is called "D's Road Jam/Anxious Mofo" and its final track called "Three Car Jam". In between, there are 38 tracks of original short songs filled with Boon's signature guitar and smart mostly socio-political lyrics, Watts's all over the place bass, and Hurley's pounding drums. The album also contains two awesome covers. One of a band  I like in CCR's "Don't Look Now" and the other of a band I really do not in Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu". In my opinion, both are done far better by The Minutemen. Side Note: One thing I also always loved about this album is that it was originally supposed to be a single album. When the band found out Zen Arcade was going to be a double they went back in the studio and recorded a few more songs to match it. In the middle of the lyric sheet, it even says " Take that Huskers!" (*)

2) Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1988, Enigma) - I explored this album very in-depth in the first post to this blog here 9 years ago so I won't go into too much again. Let's just say this album means so much to me and important to all sorts of alternative music in general that I pretty much built a New York City Tour around the album, Sonic Youth, the No Wave scene they were influenced by as well as bands and venues they went on to influence themselves. Read all about the tour here.

1) Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me (1987, SST) - Are there any albums out there where after over 30
years of listening you can still be amazed and left wondering how in the world did they come up with this? That is how  J Mascis's wall of noise filled lead-off track  "Little Fury Things", sludge guitar filled "Sludgefest" (Track 3), driving guitars of "Raisins" (Track 5), tidal waves of guitar on "Tarpit" (Track 6), and all the great songs in between on You're Living All Over Me leave me with, even with at least a weekly listen. Somehow at Track 7, they manage to fit in what is essentially a pop song with "In a Jar" at Track 7 before the bassist Lou Barlow pounds it home with his sole lead vocal album appearance on what you think is the closing track "Lose". And it's not just the music which blows my mind. Certain lyrics are just incredible too. Not one note is out of place over the entire 36 minutes, right down to the 2-second drum fill by Murph halfway through "Raisins". I've always had the SST Records original CD version, so for after the true closer of the weird tape loop acoustic recording of Lou Barlow's "Poledo", I get Dinosaur's (as they were still known at the time of the album's release) awesome cover of Peter Frampton's "Show Me the Way". The last few releases on other labels replace it with their equally awesome cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven", which originally appeared a couple years later. (#)

A couple Honorable Mentions or Albums I forgot about

Soul Asylum - Hang Time (1988, A&M)
Faith No More - The Real Thing (1990, Slash)
Naked Raygun - Jettison (1988, Homestead)
Tar - Jackson (1991, Amphetamine Reptile)
Corrosion of Conformity - Eye for an Eye (1984, No Core)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Numbers 29 - 20 of My Top 100 All-Time Favorite Albums

Numbers 29 - 20 of My Top 100 

All-Time Favorite Albums

* means I bought the album right when it was released or at the latest a few months

# means I discovered it later 

29 - Agnostic Front (1984, Rat Cage)- Agnostic Front wasn't included on my list of best punk/hardcore releases here because that was for more overlooked releases that don't get as much attention as they deserve. I do consider Victim in Pain to be the best hardcore album of all time. Eleven short, fast, urgent songs, and one slower one, in just fifteen minutes. All of them crammed with good lyrics about unity within the musical scenes, getting stabbed in the back, and the usual hardcore subjects. Agnostic Front would take a real turn towards metal on their next album never really returning to the fast hardcore style but live you can safely assume they will play all the songs from Victim in Pain. (The cover shown is the Combat Records cover because I never really liked the original) (#)

28) The Wedding Present - Seamonsters (1991,
RCA) - On Seamonsters, The Wedding Present took a darker sound than on their last few albums with much shorter song titles too. They also added tidal waves of still melodic guitars framing singer/guitarist David Gedges thick Leeds accent resulting in a lot of seriously intensive moments. Seamonsters is also hands down one of the most perfectly recorded albums. Every instrument can be heard perfectly. Just like he did on The Jesus Lizard's Goat album earlier on this list, Steve Albini's production brings the album louder and quieter in just the right moments so you don't have to. (*)

27) Killdozer - 12 Point Buck (1989, Touch and Go) - In the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last" where banker Henry Bemis reads in the bank vault only to come out and find the world has been wiped out by nuclear war. I always thought Killdozer's loud heavy sludgy music would have been the perfect soundtrack for the smoldering world Henry finds as he walks around exploring the damage. Add Michels Gerald's growly singing stories of pop culture and local twisted events which occurred in their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin makes up one of the most perfect albums out there. Hearing this album was also the reason Billy Corgin and Kirk Cobain picked Butch Vig, who recorded most of Killdozer's work, to produce their upcoming albums Gish and Nevermind. (*)

26) Subhumans - Incorrect Thoughts
(1980,Friends/CD Presents) - The Canadian band, not the British one of the same name. I posted a whole entry on this album here so I am not going to into it. Let's just say these guys were one of the first bands which showed punk rock can also be filled with tons of driving melodic guitars and hooks. If you check it out make sure its the CD Presents version which includes one probably my third or fourth all-time favorite song ( a list too hard to make) "Behind My Smile", which wasn't included on the original Friends Records release.(#)

25) Suicidal Tendencies - S/T (1983, Frontier) - This is another album I won't get to into because I wrote about it here. However I have to add it was an album that changed my life when someone gave me a third-generation tape of it sometime in 7th grade. Hardcore punk rock but with metal guitars here and production greater than almost any other album of its genre. It's also the only real punk album the band released. Like Agnostic Front and so many other bands of the time, they moved a more metal sound after this. I also have to add while I write this I am drinking a Pepsi. (#)

24) The Clash - London Calling (1979, CBS)May make some enemies but I consider The Clash our generations Beatles and  London Calling our Sgt Pepper. Up until this point The Clash had released some awesome albums filled angry punk rock albums before exploring other types of music on London Calling, just like The Beatles did with timeless rock and roll albums before they recorded their masterpiece. Whether it the band's originals or songs they are covering, every note on every song is perfect and in just the right order for the London Calling to always be listened to straight through. The iconic cover photo seals the deal.(#)

23) The Replacements - Let it be (1984, Twin
Tone) - Whereas London Calling is our generations Sgt Pepper,
The Replacement's Let it Be would be our Exile On Main Street. Like the Rolling Stone's masterpiece, Let it Be is where The 'Mats perfected their sound but still kept the songs varied and gritty before cleaning them up on their next album, the almost equally as great Tim. The cover photo of the band sitting on the roof of guitarists and bassist brothers Bob and Tommy Stinson's mother's house has become almost as iconic as the one of Paul Simonon smashing his bass on the cover of London Calling. (#)

22) Fugazi - In On The Kill Taker (1993, Dischord) - 1990's Repeater would normally be in this slot but since I wrote about it here I'll add my second favorite Fugazi album. In On The Kill Taker is the last album that still contained a few anthems Fugazi was known for before moving in more of an experimental phase which was hinted on their previous album Steady Diet of Nothing and will go full force on the follow-up Red Medicine, my least favorite Fugazi album. In On the Kill Taker was produced by Ted Nicely, who had previously worked with the band, but it was originally recorded by Steve Albini. Those recordings were shelved because both the band and Steve were not thrilled with the outcome. A few of those mixes can be heard on Youtube. (*)

21) The Cure - The Head on the Door (1985,
Fiction)  - I would probably include the 1980 "album" Boys Don't Cry as my favorite release because it includes so many of my favorite songs but technically it is a compilation of singles not available in the States at the time. Instead The Head on the Door takes the place. Just like U2's Unforgettable Fire this was the ultimate Cure album. From the poppy opening track "Inbetween Days" to the closing darker  "Sinking" at the end, this is what I feel The Cure was supposed to sound like. This also pertains to an album by another band that will be appearing about ten more down the list. (*)

20) The Descendents - Milo Goes to College (1982, New Alliance) - The Descendents (and ALL) are my all-time favorite band(s) and I like almost all their albums equally. As far as a favorite though I have to go with the debut. Each song on the album shows the individual musical personality of each band member who wrote them, The album also includes so many of their awesome classics in "Hope", Bikeage", and "Suburban Home" but also has a few that have been forgotten over the years like "M-16", "Parents", "Statue of Liberty", and "Marriage".(#)

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Numbers 39 to 30 My 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time

(Once Again, for those who still may be interested)

Numbers 39 - 30 of My Top 100 

All-Time Favorite Albums

* means I bought the album right when it was released or at the latest a few months

# means I discovered it later 

39 - Hard- Ons - Love is a Battlefield of Wounded Hearts (1989, Taang!) - One thing Australias Hard-Ons could do that almost no other band can do is combine heavy metal thrashy guitars with melodic pop hooks. To this day they still manage to pull it off successfully. Also the drummer Kiesh sang most of the songs which is a plus in my book. Some of the later albums lean more towards the metal side but Love is a Battlefield is a pop/metal/thrash masterpiece and one of the most listened to albums in my collection. (*)

38) Love and Rockets - Earth, Sun, Moon (1987, Beggars Banquet)I was a big Bauhaus fan early on but was never "goth". In fact I would inadvertently piss of the goth crew at the Mall by wearing my Bauhaus t-shirt with a bright pair Jams. So when that band's Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins formed the, less dark Love and Rockets I was very excited. Their second album Express was very good but I couldn't locate a copy of their first album Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven until a year or so later. Earth, Sun, Moon is perfect. It rockin', poppy in some places, and just the right amount of darkness leftover from the Bauhaus days. it was also psychedelic in spots, which prepared me for bands like Pink Floyd which would be discovering in the not too distant future. (*)

37) Circle Jerks - Group Sex (1980, Frontier)- Group Sex was one of the first true hardcore/punk albums I owned when I won a copy of the cassette at a boardwalk game in Ocean City. It had the whole album on both sides and I would play it, flip it over, play it again. Repeat over and over again. I was enamored by how fast the music was and still have so many hooks. How in such a short 15-minute long album they could fit perfectly 14 songs. Years later I would own a CD with Group Sex and its following album Wild In The Streets. Both albums combined were only 40 minutes.(#)

36) U2 - Unforgettable Fire (1984, Island) - The Penultimate U2 album. The band took all the aspects they were working on the previous three albums to absolute perfection. This is what I thought U2 was supposed to sound like. The band took a major turn in direction for their next album, and even harder for the next one, losing me after that. (*)

35) Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971, Vertigo) - I like the first 5 Black Sabbath albums almost equally so picking one of them for this list wasn’t easy. Master of Reality gets the nod because every song is classic. From the cough that starts off "Sweet Leaf", to the instrumental interludes of "Orchid" and "Embryo", to "Into the Void" at the very end, the album is perfect. Plus my favorite song by the band in “After Forever” is on this album.(#)

34) Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks (1977, Virgin) - Up until six or seventh grade I was mostly listening to stuff like Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Smiths, Joy Division, or New Order. Then someone gave me a copy of Never Mind the Bollocks. After I pressed play on the tape player and heard the music I was excited and a little scared, But I immediately knew my life was changed forever. Side story: One day the album jacket was leaning against my stereo while I listened to it. My cairn terrier walked up and peed on it. Somehow I think the band would have approved. (#)

33) Gorilla Biscuits - Start Today (1989, Revelation) - One thing that Gorilla Biscuits taught us is that it was ok to throw some melody into the New York Hardcore mix. After a decent debut EP, they perfected it. For me Start Today still remains the highwater mark for pulling this off. It also must say something that every one of the titles of the thirteen original songs on the album has been taken as names for many bands out there. There is even a also a Buzzcocks cover at the end. (#)

32) Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1979, Factory) Joy Division is a band that if you took Unknown
Pleasures and their second album Closer and put them together they would go a lot higher on this list. Possibly Top-5. Unknown Pleasures gets the nod because I can listen to the whole thing where the "Atrocity Exhibition" might get a skip on Closer. Coming off first listening to the band's later incarnation, New Order I was originally caught off guard by and loved the starkness and somberness of the music and Ian Curtis's vocals. It was also great when the band picked it up a bit, and it was just a bit, on songs like "She's Lost Control" or "Interzone".  These would be the only two albums Joy Division released but they are both in regular rotation, more than those by their later group who is missing from this list. Maybe Lowlife would be #101. (*)

31) Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (1980, Alternative Tentacles )
- The Dead Kennedys really weren't a hardcore band but Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables was probably the hardest and fastest album I had heard so far when a friend of my sisters gave me a tape with this on one side. (The Violent Femmes debut was on the other side). Every song is just bang bang bang. One after another fast and short songs with singer Jello Biafra's sarcastic sociopolitical lyrics. East Bay Ray's guitar at the beginning of “Holiday in Cambodia” at the end of the album still gives me chills every time I hear it.(*)

30) Lemonheads - Hate Your Freinds (1987, Taang!) - Like 1988's Creator and 1989's Lick, Hate Your Friends had two singers. Although I do love everything the band has done and consider them my second favorite band, I think they were most interesting with two singers. Even at such an early stage  Evan Dando has a smooth voice while Ben Deily's was more on the raspy end. Both have a pretty even amount of songs written and sung on the album. Plus they duet on "So I Fucked Up..". There is a even a revved-up cover of "Amazing Grace" right in the middle. (Ideally Lick would be my favorite album by The Lemonheads but I already wrote about that album here (#)

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Numbers 49 - 40 of My 100 All-Time Favorite Albums

(Once Again, for those who still may be interested)

Numbers 49 - 40 of My Top 100 All-Time Favorite Albums

* means I bought the album right when it was released or at the latest a few months

# means I discovered it later 

49) Ministry - The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste (1989, Sire) - When I first saw the video for Ministry's "Stigmata" it was a life-changing moment for me. Up to that point I thought of Ministry as a new wave danceable band that put out the very good album With Sympathy. Over the five years something had changed. They have become louder, noisier and tons more aggressive. Land of Rape and Honey, the album "Stigmata" was on contains a lot of filler. The Mind is perfect. For a good mix of even better versions of songs off both albums check out Ministry's live album In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up. (*)

48 - Galaxie 500 On Fire (1989, Rough Trade) - Spent my early adolescent years learning about bands could speed it up. Around 16 or so I learned it was okay for bands to slow it down too. Boston's Galaxie 500 was one of the first to show none of the intensity would be lost in the process. (*)

47 - Face to Face - Don’t Turn Away (1991, Dr. Strange) - Supposedly the guys in Face to Face were metal guys who just one day decides to play punk rock. A lot of people didn’t like them because of this. I always thought if they did it this good who cares wah they were playing before. Don’t Turn away has thirteen awesome tracks of anthemic melodic punk music I am still singing along to 29 years later. (*)

46 - ALL - Allroy’s Revenge (1989, Cruz) - The ALL song “Just Perfect” may have been on their debut album but on this second album, every song is just that, Later singer Chad Price may have the strongest voice but Scott Reynolds who makes his first appearance on Allroy's Revenge has the most range. (*)

45 - Mudhoney- Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (1991, Sub Pop)- Before this album was released I was a little scared what it would sound like. Mudhoney had said they recorded in hopes of getting a major label deal. When I bought it it was nice to not hear much of a difference than their debut album only better. Songs sounded more varied and not as dreary but still had all the fuzz and grime which made the band so great. (*)

44- Nirvana - Bleach (1989, Sub Pop) - Nevermind might have beaten Bleach to make this list but I think "Come As You Are" brings that album down a bit. Bleach is perfect primal heavy rock and roll all the way through. You can also hear Krist Novoselic's bass a lot better than on Nevermind. No offense to future drummer Dave Grohl, but Chad Channing's drumming is just totally out of control.(*)

43- Government Issue - Joyride (1984, Fountain of Youth) - Washington D.C.'s Government Issue started very hardcore with an ep on Dischord, ending up as kind of a dark rock band on their last album Crash. In the middle for their second full album they unleashed Joy Ride consisting of thick punk rock guitar riffs and anthemic urgent singalong lyrics courtesy of the awesome legendary frontman John Stabb. I finally got to see G.I. in 2015 and John made sure to take the time to chat with anyone who wanted to talk to him. And believe me, everyone did. (#)

42- Duran Duran - Rio (1982, E.M.I.) - We all know this awsome album by Duran Duran so I will not get too into it. You can read more about what I think of a few of the songs from a review I did of their Decade album here. Let's just say I sing along and play air drums tracks "Hungry Like the Wolf", "My Way", and the title track at 46 just as much as I did when I first picked it up at age 10.(*)

41) Jesus Lizard - Goat (1991, Touch and Go) - The three musicians making up the Chicago band Jesus Lizard were at the top of their profession. Guitarist Duane Denison plays winding intricate guitar lines, David Wm. Sims pound his bass better than almost anyone out there while drummer Mac McNeilly plays along perfectly with it. Probably the most unlikely singer out there David Yow fits perfectly. Just like an album which will appear later on this list, the Steve Albini production makes the album louder in just the right places so you don't have too. (*)

40) Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (1986, Mute) - For a long time Depeche Mode was one of my favorite bands. Up until Black Celebration a lot of their songs and albums had a sort of cheesy flair to them. Part of what made me like them so much. On Black Celebration they got a little serious, a little darker, and every song was perfect. Surprisingly my favorite song on the album "But Not Tonight" is not loved by the band and almost didn't make it on the album. Depeche Mode began to lose me when they became a little too dark on the 1990's Violator but I still listen to the older albums constantly. (*)

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Numbers 59 - 50 of My Top-100 Favorite Albums of All-Time

Numbers 59 - 50 of My Top-100 Favorite Albums of All-Time

* means I bought the album right when it was released or at the latest a few months

# means I discovered it later 

59) Young Fresh Fellows - Electric Bird Digest
(1991, Frontier) - Young Fresh Fellows were a very good fun band before the Fastbacks' Kurt Bloch joined them on the 1989 album This One's for the Ladies. Kurt’s thick buzzing guitar hooks really brought the band to a new level. On Electric Bird Digest they really hit their mark. Pre-Nirvana thick Butch Vig production really makes the music shine too. (*)

58) Teenage Fanclub - A Catholic Education (1990, Matador)- When A Catholic Education was released Scotland's Teenage Fanclub was compared to Dionsaur Jr. Although I can hear some similarities in Gerard Love's bass player to Lou Barlow's on early Dinosaur jr albums, I think they end there. On this album the band has a lot more sloppy noise and distortion going on with slightly buried vocals then their next album 1991's Bandwagonesue (I like to ignore the 1991 contract filler The King)but you can still hear the melodies emerging through. (*) 

57) The Connells - Fun and Games (1989, TVT)
- North Carolina's Connells were another band I discovered through the College Record Store chart on the last page of Rolling Stone Magazine when Fun and Games was released. On this album the band dropped the post/punk sound and faux British accents of the first album that often had them compared to The Smiths, and the Irish folk influence of the second album for more of a full rock sound. This often got them compared to their fellow southerners R.E.M. I never really heard the resemblance. (*)

56) Jets To Brazil - Orange Rhyming Dictionary (1998, Jade Tree) - I feel bad liking an album that was written out of a struggles drug addiction, and pretty much every on Orange Rhyming Dictionary is. But songs by Ex- Jawbreaker Blake Schwarzenbach's new bands debut are just so good. The vocals are definitely cleaner than with Jawbreaker and the music more rockin' which brought different opinions from fans of Blake's former fans. I loved the album, as well as Jets to Brazil's next two albums, immediately. (*)

55) Ned's Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder (1991, Columbia) - A band and album that at the time really sounded like no one else. They may have been the first band I ever heard with two bass players. One playing normal bass parts while the other plays it like a second guitar. Jessica Corcoran's production really adds a nice 3-D sound to the twelve songs. Unlike many people I like their next two albums. Still neither one comes close to the perfection of God Fodder. (*)

54) Helmet - Strap it On (1990, Amphetamine Reptile) - On Helmet's next album 1992's Meantime the band began to become too technical for me. By the time they put out Betty in 1994 I could not really get into them anymore. On  1990's Strap It On the band was at their most primal. So much urgent chaos, noise, and shouted vocals. Even the slower song "Sinatra" is very intense. Producer Wharton Tiers somehow manages to contain just enough of the madness for the band to record a very good debut album. (*)

53) Leatherface - Mush (1991, Roughneck)
Leatherface singer Frankie Stubb's scratchy voice may be a turn off to some. When I first heard the band when WNYU played “Dead Industrial Atmosphere” I was instantly hooked. A few days later I picked up Mush, then on Seed Records in the States, and found twelve more fast melodic songs with great riffs and hooks. There is even an awesome cover of The Police's "Message in a Bottle" at the end. (*)

52) Big Drill Car - Album/Tape/CD Type Things (1989, Cruz) - All along this list I have used the word "hooks" repeatedly. if for some reason you are not sure exactly that this is make sure to check out this Big Drill Car. Album/Tape/CD Type Thing contains for than any album of my collection. Along with Frank Daly's clean vocals make this one of the most fun punk albums out there.  Like Public Image Ltd.'s 1983 album the actual title depends on which format you own it on. (#)

51) Propagandhi - How To Clean Everything (1993, Fat Wreck) - How to Clean Everything may be the only album I can sing all the way through without it playing. Including the Cheap Trick cover at the end. Twelve fast tracks with sarcastic sociopolitical lyrics, a few self-admittedly stolen riffs and an "anti-ska" ska song in the middle. (*)

50) The Smiths - The Queen is Dead (1986, Rough Trade) -If this list was for the band's whole career The
Smiths would be much higher. Possibly even Top - 20. For complete albums, though the Queen is Dead falls right in the middle. So many great classics on this album. It along with the almost equally great and classic albums have all stayed in my rotation for the past 30 plus years. (*)

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