Frank Black, Teenager Of The Year
The Cars, Shake It Up
My headphones just broke!!!
Marquee Moon - I don't think of it as a punk album but I do think of it as a really cool late 70s rock & roll album that evokes dirty New York City imagery. Hell when I think of NYC rock ablums this is the first that comes to mind (for some reason, Sonic Youth never make me think of New York City even though they're from there.) Title track is the best cut. Verlaine's vocals are miserable but I wouldn't edit or change them for the life of me.
The Queen Is Dead - It has my two favorite Smiths songs on it ("There Is A Light..." and "Bigmouth Strikes Again") but I've always thought it was a bit overrated, the rest of it. I always hated "Vicar In A Tutu," "Never Had No One Ever" and some of the other songs like "I Know It's Over" sort of make you squint to see the irony in them (the original Rolling Stone review called it "one of the funniest rock albums of all time.")
As for Morrissey himself he wasn't really the primary reason I liked the band, that would be Johnny Marr and the melodies. Regarding his "douchiness," well if you don't like him here you won't like ANY of the Smiths because they did quasi-ironic teen angst melodrama on ALL their songs and albums. His lyrics could be relatively sophisticated for something that was popular with "teenagers," but that mope-rock factor is a make or break thing with the band and always has been. I'd tell you to go listen to the debut album or Louder Than Bombs before giving up on them, but The Smiths are The Smiths, save possibly for their final album which had horns and strings and keyboards splattered all over it and is bizarrely considered by all four band members to be the best time they ever had in a studio.
And, of course, liking Morrissey in 2021 is a little cringey considering his open racism.