As in no bum songs. Solid from front to back. I’ll go first, and I wonder how long we can keep it going?
The Cars – The Cars
The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols
The Ramones – Ramones
The Replacements – Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
The Jam – In the City
Of course, you might disagree with these. That’s fine too.
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The Cars – The Cars
R.E.M. – Murmur
Waxwings – Low to the Ground
Libertines – Up the Bracket
Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground & Nico
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
I get two extra because you stole The Cars from my mind (I was just thinking about how good it was this week) and because some pedant will point out that Chronictown EP was sort of R.E.M.’s first album.
Solid choices! I need to revisit those Waxwings and Libertines records.
OK, I’ve scrolled past previous comments in case I have duplicates.
1. The Velvet Underground & Nico
2. The Clash
3. The Damned: Damned Damned Damned
4. The Libertines: Up The Bracket
5. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: L.A.M.F.
Bonus: The Rolling Stones (or slightly different US version: England’s Newest Hitmakers). All covers, but I don’t care. Very strong debut that doesn’t sound like it’s struggling to fill space, unlike most albums of its time.
Looking back, Monkeystador shot first with the VU and Libertines. I added one extra, so I’m one short. I’ll go with The New Pornographers: Mass Romantic.
Not familiar with Waxwings at all. I’ll check it out.
Waxwings are glorious harmonious jangly dreamy pop.
Sometimes I get in a mood.
Enjoyed it, thanks!
If this list were read by more Memphians, Makerbot and I might find our homes surrounded by angry mobs bearing torches, clubs and pitchforks for not listing Big Star, #1 Record. I can’t speak for Makerbot, but I think it has its not-so-great moments.
While I’m provoking imaginary locals, I’ll add that Hattie B’s is better than Gus’s. But Memphis BBQ is still king.
I might have included #1 just because I love it so much, but would have to concede that it’s not quite perfect.
“The India Song” is the turd in the punchbowl for me. It’s awful, and a Joni Mitchell ripoff if I remember correctly.
You bastards took mine. I’ll try and find five you haven’t named
Elvis Costello – My Aim is True
Uncle Tupelo – No Depression
Son Volt – Trace
GnR – Appetite for Destruction
Bash n Pop – Friday Night is Killing Me
Do we have to stop at five? Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool.
Nope! As many as we’ve got.
And I’ll add The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses and The Strokes – Is This It (With the naked ass and glove cover, of course.)
Weezer – Weezer (Blue)
Are We Not Men?
I knew you guys would have some good ones. I concur with the #1 Record consensus. Stone Roses was on my short list, and I need to listen to more Uncle Tupelo. Also would add:
Jane’s Addiction – Jane’s Addiction
Dire Straits – Dire Straits
Jane’s Addiction was an incredible live album that came out before their first studio LP Nothing’s Shocking.
Also no objection to anyone putting Len Zefflin I on this list.
The Hives: Veni Vidi Vicious.
It makes sense that a band who couldn’t get haircuts without the others’ permission would make at least two perfect albums.
The Police – Outlandos d’Amour
Dave Attell – Skanks for the Memories
I know I know. But it was a first album and it ruled.