The Best Punk Albums
What people don’t realize about punk is that it’s not all about righteous anger and the inability to play one’s instruments. There’s virtuosity there, intelligence and, perhaps most importantly, humor in the best of the genre.
Nothing released after 1985 was punk, in my humble opinionated opinion. It died after the Dead Kennedys released Frankenchrist which spawned that whole stupid PMRC, Tipper Gore HR Geiger poster (Penis Landscape) trial/controversy/bullshit in late ’85.
Nothing against Green Day (who I tolerate) or Rancid (who I love), or The Offspring (who I despise), but they never, ever came close to the angst and originality of the pioneers of punk. Post ’85 still birthed some classic thrash and hardcore, though. As allmusic so aptly states, “Punk Rock returned rock & roll to the basics — three chords and a simple melody. It just did it louder and faster and more abrasively than any other rock & roll in the past.”
Ok, so maybe there have been some albums worthy of making this list post ’85, now that I think about it. I’ll break it down into 3 sections: 1969-1975, 1976-1985 and 86 to current.
Nazz, Thom, etc, LET ME HAVE IT!
PUNK Pre-1975, or “Proto-Punk
The Stooges, The Stooges/Fun House/Raw Power.
The Velvet Underground, The VU and Nico.
New York Dolls, New York Dolls.
The Dictators, Go Girl Crazy!
The Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks.
The Ramones, The Ramones/Rocket To Russia.
SNFU, And No One Else Wanted To Play
Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables/Plastic Surgery Disasters/Frankenchrist
Black Flag, Damaged/My Way/Slip It In/In My Head.
Buzzcocks, Singles Going Steady.
The Clash, The Clash.
DOA, War On 45 (Expanded Edition).
Minutemen, Double Nickels On The Dime.
The Misfits, Legacy Of Brutality.
The Damned, Damned Damned Damned.
The Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus.
Television, Marquee Moon
Richard Hell, Blank Generation
The Exploited, Let’s Start A War
S.O.D., Speak English Or Die
Corrosion Of Conformity, Blind
Suicidal Tendencies, Suicidal Tendencies
Rancid, And Out Came The Wolves