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The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

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The Cure - Boys Don't Cry        Chris True: 'Falling somewhere between official release and compilation, Boys Don't Cry was released in February 1980 in hopes of increasing the band's exposure outside of the U.K. It...

Wire – Pink Flag

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Wire - Pink Flag Steve Huey: 'Perhaps the most original debut album to come out of the first wave of British punk, Wire's Pink Flag plays like The Ramones Go to Art School -- song after song careens past in a gloriou...

Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

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Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!       Steve Huey: 'Produced by Brian Eno, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was a seminal touchstone in the development of American new wave. It was one of the first pop alb...

Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady

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      'Ned Raggett': If Never Mind the Bollocks and London Calling are held up as punk masterpieces, then there's no question that Singles Going Steady belongs alongside them. In fact, the slew of astonishing seven-in...

The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers

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The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers is the first album recorded by the Boston-based band the Modern Lovers. It was released on Beserkley Records in 1976, although the original nine tracks had been...

Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

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Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes AMG Review: One of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic, Violent Femmes weds the geeky, child-man persona of Jonathan Richman and...

Blondie – Atomic – The Very Best Of Blondie

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Blondie - Atomic - The Very Best Of Blondie       Andy Kellman: 'Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie is a two-disc compilation with a spotty best-of on one disc and a collection of remixes on another. Disc one is a sati...

Suicide – Suicide

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Suicide - Suicide AMG Review: Proof that punk was more about attitude than a raw, guitar-driven sound, Suicide's self-titled debut set the duo apart from the rest of the style's self-proclaimed outsiders. Over the co...

The Cars – Candy-O

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The Cars - Candy-O       Greg Prato: ' Since the Cars had created a perfect album with their 1978 self-titled debut, it would be nearly impossible to top it. Instead of laboring long and hard over a follow-up like ma...

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Juju

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Siouxsie and the Banshees - Juju AMG Review: One of the band's masterworks, Juju sees Siouxsie and the Banshees operating in a squalid wall of sound dominated by tribal drums, swirling and piercing guitars, and Sioux...

The Specials – The Specials

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The Specials - The Specials AMG Review: A perfect moment in time captured on vinyl forever, such is the Specials' eponymous debut album; it arrived in shops in the middle of October 1979 and soared into the U.K. Top ...

Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance

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Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance AMG Review: There isn't a Pere Ubu recording you can imagine living without. The Modern Dance remains the essential Ubu purchase (as does the follow-up, Dub Housing). For sure, Mercury had...

Magazine – Real Life

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Magazine - Real Life AMG Review : Howard Devoto had the foresight to promote two infamous Sex Pistols concerts in Manchester, and his vision was no less acute when he left Buzzcocks after recording Spiral Scratch. Po...

Iggy Pop – The Idiot

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Iggy Pop - The Idiot       The Idiot is the debut solo album by American rock singer Iggy Pop. It was the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie. The album is...

Killing Joke – Killing Joke

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Killing Joke - Killing Joke AMG review: Since 1980, there have been a hundred bands who sound like this; but before Steve Albini and Al Jourgensen made it hip, the cold metallic throb of Killing Joke was exciting and...

Television – Marquee Moon

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Television - Marquee Moon Marquee Moon is the debut album by American punk rock band Television. It was released on February 8, 1977, by Elektra Records. While often considered a seminal work to emerge from the New Y...