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Television was one of the mainstay acts that emerged from the CBGB scene in New York City. This album features the elliptical lyrics of Tom Verlaine set against the sparse yet complex guitar work of Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, and the rhythm section of Fred Smith (bass) and Billy Ficca (drums). The introspective mood of the album, and the careful, instrumental virtuosity of Verlaine and his band were arguably one of the first manifestations of the post punk movement. Despite critical acclaim, the album never achieved more than a cult following in the United States at the time of its release, but rose to #28 in Britain, partly because of a lengthy rave review by Nick Kent in the New Musical Express.
|Devo||Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!||1978||
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! is the debut album by the American new wave band Devo. Produced by Brian Eno, it was primarily recorded in Cologne, Germany and released in the U.S. on Warner Bros. Records in 1978.
The album received somewhat mixed reviews from critics and peaked at number 12 on the U.K. album charts and number 78 on the U.S. Billboard charts. Recent reviews of the album have been more uniformly positive, with the album charting on several retrospective "best of" lists from publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media and Spin.
Although it shares a punk-derived "outsider" voice with the band's debut, Pink Flag, it features more developed song structure (taking some cues from 70's prog-rock, psychedelia and art rock) and a broader palette of emotional and intellectual subject matter. The album was produced by Mike Thorne, who added keyboard and synthesizer elements (compare the versions of "Outdoor Miner"; with and without the piano accompaniment), which were later expanded upon by the band members on their later releases. These contributions add to the album's identification as the release in which the band largely transcended and abandoned the punk genre. The pop sensibilities that would come to the fore in their later incarnation of 1985 are evident in songs such as "Outdoor Miner" and "I Am the Fly".
|Joy Division||Unknown Pleasures||1979||
In 2000 Q magazine placed Unknown Pleasures at number nineteen in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. Pitchfork Media placed ninth out of the its 100 Greatest Albums of the 1970s while the 2007 re-release received the rare accolade of 10.0/10. In his 1995 book, "The Alternative Music Almanac", Alan Cross placed the album in the eighth spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'. Ned Raggett of Allmusic guide describes it as "all visceral, all emotional, all theatrical, all perfect -- one of the best albums ever."
|Devo||Duty Now For The Future||1979||
A seminal New Wave synthpop album, Duty Now for the Future was eventually heralded as one of the first pop/rock or AOR releases of a major record label to rely almost entirely on synthesizers, which went on to be widely used in the subsequent, heavily–synthesized New Wave genre of the 1980s. As an offshoot of Punk Rock, New Wave music had consisted primarily of guitar-based songs derived from traditional Rock and Roll and Blues scales and riffs, as represented by Devo's punk contemporaries The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash.
|Gang Of Four||Entertainment!||1979||
The music on the first album shows clearly the influence of punk, yet also incorporates funk and less-obvious influences of reggae and dub, similar to other bands at the time such as Public Image Ltd., Pere Ubu, and The Pop Group. As with these other influential post-punk bands, the bass is mixed much more prominently than it typically is in rock or punk.
The album has attracted praise from rock musicians. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers stated that the first time he heard the record, "It completely changed the way I looked at rock music and sent me on my trip as a bass player." In 2003, the album was ranked number 490 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In March 2005, Q magazine placed the track "At Home He's a Tourist" at number 52 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
The album has been highly acclaimed, making countless best-of lists; for example, it was ranked 10th on Pitchfork Medias "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s" and 72nd on NME's "100 Greatest British Albums Ever". A reviewer from Pitchfork Media remarked "Closer is even more austere, more claustrophobic, more inventive, more beautiful, and more haunting than its predecessor. It's also Joy Division's start-to-finish masterpiece, a flawless encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve", and gave the album a perfect 10.0. It is often cited as being Joy Division's finest work. In 2003 the album was ranked at number 157 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
|Devo||Freedom of Choice||1980||The third album, and commercial breakthrough by Devo, finds them moving in a more electronic direction, hinted at in "Duty Now for the Future". Contains their best known song, "Whip It", but other fan favorites like "Girl U Want", "Gates of Steel", "Planet Earth", and the title track.||Download|
|Talking Heads||Remain in Light||1980||
|Josef K||The Only Fun In Town||1981||Semi-obscure post-punk that's somewhat moody. Resembles the revivial acts of the 200s to a degree.||Download|
|Minutemen||Double Nickels on the Dime||1984||
Double Nickels on the Dime is the third studio album by American punk trio the Minutemen, released on the Californian independent record label SST Records in 1984. A double album containing forty-five songs, Double Nickels on the Dime combines elements of punk rock, funk, country, spoken word and jazz, and references a variety of themes, from the Vietnam War and racism in America, to working class experience and linguistics.
Double Nickels on the Dime is often seen not only as the Minutemen's crowning achievement, but, as critic Mark Deming notes, "one of the very best American rock albums of the 1980s." The album now appears on many professional lists of the all-time best rock albums, including Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
|The Fall||This Nation's Saving Grace||1985||Download|
|The Smiths||The Queen is Dead||1986||
Rolling Stone gave the album a five star rating. Reviewer Mark Coleman remarked on Morrissey's sense of humour and singled out the singer's performance on "Cemetry Gates" as a highlight. Coleman concluded, "Like it or not, this guy's going to be around for a while." Pitchfork Media ranked the album as the sixth best of the 1980s. In 2000, Mojo magazine placed "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" at number 25 on their list of the 100 greatest songs of all time, while VH2 placed it top of their Top 500 Indie Songs chart. In 2003, The Queen Is Dead was ranked number 216 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006 it was named the second greatest British album of all time by NME.
|The Cure||Disintegration||1989||Melancholy post-punk. This is The Cure before their plummet into their radio-friendly tunes of the 90s and 00s.||Download|
|Concrete Blonde||Bloodletting||1990||Lazy-sounding alternative/post-punk. Lyrics are p cash.|