Henry Rollins gives his top 20 punk albums

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  1. Nightclub Dwight

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    Yeah, and green day!

    I thought Henry Rollins was supposed to be hardcore or something.
     
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    I dunno, there's good competition for 'worst'. I recently saw the Murder Junkies. They're still floggin GG's stinky banana infused dead corpse for cash (I shamelessly bought one of their "I hate everyone" bumper stickers, so I guess we're all sell outs, or old, or something).
     
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    It’s definitely more punk than the previous list. I’m also surprised no Dead Kennedys and perhaps Henry himself in Black Flag.*
    Nice to see The Ruts ( a major omission fro the RS list) although as Rollins did a film about them and performed with them I thought they might be higher up.

    The Ruts has a fairly short lived career as singer Malcolm Owen died of a heroin overdose in 1980. They carried on as Ruts DC and Rollins took part in a final gig for guitarist Paul Fox who had cancer in 2007. There is still a version of The Ruts DC still treading the boards.


    * because you would wouldn’t you.
     
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    I was listening to the first Mission of Burma album online a week or two ago, as I'm not really familiar with them, and it sounded very early Clash influenced. Not the later albums though. Post-punk or whatever later.

    I'm not a Black Flag fan, but I thought Henry's list was very good, in fact I would pick the same ones for the top positions.
     
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    Agreed. I was buying Gen X vinyl in the 80s and wondering why no one else seemed to know about them

    Also, lots of you guys apparently missed where Henry said the list was in no particular order
     
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    I would have put the Heartbreakers' L.A.M.F (or possibly D.T.K) in the list.

    Whenever I put on compilation albums from the early years, Gen X usually sticks out. Still I tend to more or less forget them until next time I hear them. I don't know why.
     
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    I think Rollins is a better storyteller than a singer. I like hearing him talk about his life, growing up in DC, joining a band, touring, etc. more than I like listening to him sing. Like him or not, he knows punk music. It still amazes me that he and Ian were best friends.
     
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    good to see SLF in there. hugely under rated band imo
     
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    being where i live punk was so dismissed by radio...and i didnt know about college radio until the 80s maybe mid 80s...cant remember

    being exposed to black flag from the song tv party...i would call that song boring...making a point with humor isnt boring in this songs case...i like rollins in bf...solo...spoken word
     
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    Here is Henry Rollins top 20 punk albums of all time:

    1. The ClashThe Clash, 1977.
    2. Generation X – Generation X, 1977.
    3. The Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea, 1978.
    4. X Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents, 1978.
    5. The Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks, 1977.
    6. The RamonesThe Ramones, 1976.
    7. Eater – The Album, 1977.
    8. The Damned – Damned Damned Damned,1977.
    9. The FallHex Enduction Hour, 1982.
    10. The Buzzcocks – Another Music In A Different Kitchen, 1978.
    11. The Saints – (I’m) Stranded, 1977.
    12. UK Subs – Another Kind of Blues, 1979.
    13. WirePink Flag, 1977.
    14. The Lurkers – Fulham Fallout, 1978.
    15. Alternative TV – The Image Has Cracked, 1978.
    16. The Ruts – The Crack, 1979.
    17. The Germs – GI, 1979.
    18. X – Los Angeles, 1980.
    19. The Minutemen – The Punchline, 1981.
    20. Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material, 1979.
    love the list

    im not familiar with eater at all...ive heard of alternative tv and the lurkers...but not their music...just a couple weeks ago i found the toy dolls...still cool discovering new music and bands from that era!
     
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    Glad to see The Germs on there but, like others, can't believe Minor Threat is not on that list.

    I would have put Husker Du on the list as well, but I am biased having been in MPLS as they were starting out.

     
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    that is odd since ian mackay is henrys best friend...i know because he always says so when the relevance of the topic comes up :lol:
     
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    I think he was deliberately avoiding hardcore punk. That's the primary reason to explain excluding Dead Kennedys, Husker Du, and Minor Threat. Especially since the whole DC scene was quite a thing in the early 80s. The bands listed were nominally still rolling when hardcore blew up, but these are the solid punk acts, after "proto punk" before hardcore. I wouldn't say you can have a definitive list of punk without issues, but there is a them to this list.
     
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    100 punks rule
     
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    Obvious quibbles (as with any list), like "no DKs?", but overall, I wouldn't argue terribly much. Given that it's all personal, I might replace about a quarter or third of them, but it's a reasonable list by pretty much any measure.
     
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    My list:
    1.Never mind the bollocks
    2. London calling...the song
    3. Nothing

    I never considered Ramones as a punk band back then. I thought they always had was a big slice of pop in there formula. Now i see them as punk but didn't back then.
    I bought a lot of records I don't understand today (being a poor teenager) like sham 69.

    USA got a lot of intresting punk in the 90's

    Who cares about Rollins? The same people that buys all those signature fenders.
     
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    Ahh, I missed the no order bit. It’s a fair cop.
     
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    I saw them a couple of years ago with The Buzzcocks. SLF were great, I wasn’t very familiar with their back catalogue but great live band.
     
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