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50 Vital Alternative, Punk And Rock Records For The Beginner's Collection

By Michael Henningsen

SEPTEMBER 15, 1997: 

A Tribe Called Quest Low End Theory (Jive)
American Music Club California (Frontier)
B-52's The B-52's (Warner Bros.)
Big Black Atomizer (Touch 'n' Go)
Big Star Radio City (Fantasy)
Black Flag Damaged (SST)
Blondie Parallel Lines (Chrysalis)
David Bowie Changesonebowie (Ryko)
Breeders Last Splash (Elektra)
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady (Capitol/I.R.S.)
Clash The Clash (Columbia)
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy)
Descendants Milo Goes to College (SST)
Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (Warner Bros.)
English Beat I Just Can't Stop It (I.R.S.)
Brian Eno Another Green World (Caroline)
Feelies Crazy Rhythms (A&M)
Funkadelic Maggot Brain (Westbound)
Galaxie 500 On Fire (Ryko)
Gang of Four Entertainment! (Warner Bors.)
Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat (I.R.S.)
Hole Live Through This (DGC)
Hüsker Dü New Day Rising (SST)
Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade(SST)
Freedy Johnston Can You Fly? (Bar None)
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime (SST)
Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers (Rhino)
New Order Substance (Warner Bros.)
New York Dolls New York Dolls (Polygram)
Nirvana Nevermind (Geffen)
PJ Harvey Rid of Me (Island)
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted (Matador)
Pixies Surfer Rosa (4 A.D.)
Pretenders Pretenders (Warner Bros.)
Prince Sign "O" the Times (Paisley Park/Warner)
R.E.M. Murmur (I.R.S./Warner)
Ramones Ramones (Slash/Warner)
Ramones Rocket to Russia (Slash/Warner)
Replacements Let It Be (Twin Tone)
Roxy Music Roxy Music/Brian Ferry 20 Greatest Hits (EG/Warner)
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Warner Bros.)
Smashing Pumpkins Gish (Caroline)
Patti Smith Horses (Arista)
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (Geffen)
Stooges Fun House (Elektra)
Televison Marquee Moon (Elektra)
U2 The Joshua Tree (Island)
Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico (Polygram)
X Wild Gift (Warner Bros.)
Neil Young Tonight's The Night (Reprise/Warner)

--compiled by Michael Henningsen

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