20 Greatest Alternative/Punk/New Wave Albums Ever Made.
Submitted by jblack on Tue, 04/03/2001 - 03:40
- 1. Frank Black Teenager Of The Year : This album has no weaknesses. It is filled with squeeky punk anthems, melodic and hypnotizing. A masterpiece.
- 2. Depeche Mode Music For The Masses : Truly a wonderful album. Deeply intricate synth work with the darkness and melancholic mood that makes M.L. Gore a songwriting genius.
- 3. The Smiths Louder Than Bombs : Twenty four classic new wave songs from the Morrissey/Marr collection. "Panic", "Ask", "Half A Person", and the untouchable "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" are some of the great songs on this delicious work.
- 4. U2 Achtung Baby : This selection might stir a few debates with my colleagues here at Listolgy, and I welcome that. U2 had many great records, but this one is at the peak of their songwriting. A great album.
- 5. The Pixies Doolittle : The continuaty of this album is precise, and the raw energy of Black Francis' voice and the hypnotic squeals from Joey Stantiago's guitar, make this an unforgettable album.
- 6. The Cure Disentegration : This album is to The Cure what Achtung Baby is to U2. They just had it all working here.
- 7. Guided By Voices Alien Lanes : This album represents to me what songwriting and melodies are supposed to be like. Twent eight non stop alternative classics.
- 8. Butterglory Downed : I dont know if there is a better album to have been released. The vocals of Matt and Debby are emphasized by the amazing music behind them.
- 9. The Police Zenyatta Mendatta : This is, no doubt the best thing this trio evr did. I cant tell you how many copies of this I've owned in the past.
- 10. Guided By Voices Bee Thousand : This twenty four track classic is filled with power pop anthems that sound like modernized Beatles songs. Don't believe me? Go buy it.
- 11. The Pixies Surfer Rosa and Trompe Le Monde : Two uniquely different recordings that produce the same result. Flight to a new level of understanding and being. Gems.
- 12. Depeche Mode Black Celebration : This CD is appearing at number twelve when it could be the best one of the lot. That should tell you exactly how hard it is to make a list like this. some of the most hauntingly beautiful songs in the history of sound recordings.
- 13. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses : This is one of those albums that when you hear it for the first time, it slaps you around like a step child. Brilliant musicians with brilliant music.
- 14. Morrissey Bona Drag : Everyone of his classic solo radio releases is on here. This is so good.
- 15. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead : The first song which is the title track, sets us up for what is to follow. A bunch of great songs. "There Is A Light There Never Goes Out" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again" are two of many wonderful songs here.
- 16. Janes Addiction Nothing Shocking : This album is one that should be put in a time capsule and released 100 years from now, so the new aged youth can be educated on music. Summertime Rolls...need I say more?
- 17. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream : They went down hill fast after this one, but this one is solid through and through. Great emotional songs with powerful vocals and guitar riffs.
- 18. Joy Division Still : here are some of Joy Division's best live performances of their great classic punk songs. This album makes me want to mosh in a pit from hell.
- 19. X Wild Gift : Filled with punk classics. This one rocks. Twice as good as Los Angeles.
- 20. R.E.M. Green : My favorite from these guys. Pop Song 89' and Stand are two prime examples of this highly artful and creative work. Songwriting at high on this album.
Honorable mentions: Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bullocks, Meat Puppets II, Sonic Youth Goo, Dirty, Experimental Jetset Trash and No Star, REM Life's Rich Pageant and Pixies Come On Pilgrim.