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If you haven’t noticed, Henry Rollins likes to talk a lot. It seems like he has an opinion on just about everything. We love his sense of humor, but sometimes we have to give one of our patented “ok, what now…” eye rolls. However, top 20 punk albums of all-time? Now, that’s some Rollins commentary we can truly get behind. Via LA Weekly:

This list is in no particular order. Lists like these often get confusing because they beg the question, what is Punk? Could Wire, also be considered Post Punk? Where do you put bands like PIL, Joy Division, Television, Patti Smith, Suicide, and Killing Joke? What about Gang of Four, 999 and the Banshees?

For me, as a lean definition, I go by the classic UK 1977 graduating class, Pistols, Clash, etc., and go from there. Beyond that, there were a lot of great Punk Rock bands who never made full albums. The Machines, The Killjoys, Some Chicken, and countless others. So many great bands and great records in this genre and the surrounding/resulting genres. Best bet is just to get the music playing for as long as possible.

Without further ado, here are Henry Rollins’ favorite punk albums:

The Clash
The Clash (1977)

Generation X
Generation X (1977)

The Adverts
Crossing the Red Sea (1978)

X Ray Spex
Germ Free Adolescents (1978)

The Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bullocks (1977)

The Ramones
The Ramones (1976)

Eater
The Album (1977)

The Damned
Damned Damned Damned (1977)

The Fall
Hex Enduction Hour (1982)

The Buzzcocks
Another Music In A Different Kitchen (1978)

List continued here – and since we can’t help but play favorites, here’s “New Rose” by the Damned.




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