Henry Rollins' 20 favorite punk albums

At LA Weekly, Henry Rollins listed his top 20 punk albums:

The Clash – The Clash
Generation X – Generation X
The Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea
X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents
Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks
The Ramones – The Ramones
Eater – The Album
The Damned – Damned Damned Damned
The Fall – Hex Enduction Hour
The Buzzcocks – Another Music In A Different Kitchen
The Saints – (I’m) Stranded
UK Subs – Another Kind of Blues
Wire – Pink Flag
The Lurkers – Fulham Fallout
Alternative TV – The Image Has Cracked
The Ruts – The Crack
The Germs – GI
X – Los Angeles
The Minutemen – The Punchline
Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material

I would swap out Alternative TV and add the Dead Kennedys. And Hüsker Dü and Richard Hell and the Voidoids deserve a spot, but otherwise this is a great list.

Henry Rollins' 20 Favorite Punk Albums

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  1. I know you got to give Henry his props, but it's also hard to take any list of this sort seriously if it doesn't include the Minor Threat tie up album. And where's Flipper Generic? Love "Suspect Device" and "Alternative Ulster" (and 78 Revolutions, sorta) but the rest of Inflammable Material ain't all that great

    I always figured Buzzcocks and X-Ray Spex for singles bands, am I missing that much?

  2. m_a_t says:

    Yeah, what did I expect...? It's like: Punk basics 101 wink

  3. For example, my list (just off the top of my head, so I expect "duh"-like omissions)

    Clash-London Calling
    Ramones-Ramones (Road to Ruin is my favorite, but the S/T release stands out in importance)
    X-Los Angeles
    Bad Brains - I and I
    Minor Threat - Out of Step
    DK - Fresh Fruit...
    Black Flag - Damanged
    Off! - 4 EPs
    Agent Orange - Living in Darkness
    Social Distortion - S/T
    Replacements - Sorry Ma...
    Husker Du - Zen Arcade
    Wire - Pink Flag
    Avengers - S/T
    Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
    Nirvana - Nevermind (go ahead and say it)
    Buzzcocks - Another Music
    Clash - S/T
    Circle Jerks - Group Sex
    Descendents - Milo Goes to College

    Ok, can't help myself, of course, now I remember

    Bad Religion - Suffer
    NOFX - Punk in Drublic

  4. It's a good album, but if it you remove the mystique of it being hidden for decades the music doesn't stand on its own as being classic. And it's debatable whether Death was actually a punk band.

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