Undertones-s/t; pop punk goodness, but "Teenage Kicks" is by a million miles the best song, which isn't surprising, since it's the best song ever in the history of recorded music.
also listened to their second album "Hypnotised," which is an okayish power pop album with pretty lazy hooks, but also their third album "Positive Touch," which RULES. Oh man it's the sound of a punk band mellowing wayyyy out and doing all these super catchy '60s styles songs. I love it. Joe H. check it out. Prindle gave it a ten too!
Blank Generation-mentioned this below, but I wasn't that into it based on one listen. I hate his vocals! It's definitely not punk in the traditional sense; these songs aren't speedy at all! Yes, there'a Sinatra cover in the bonus tracks, BD, but also a CCR cover on the album itself! Walking on the Water!
The Heartbreakers-LAMF-better than Blank Generation. sounds like The New York Dolls, of all bands. one-album wonders!
The Saints-(I'm) Stranded-more like "(I'm) a Good Album," if you ask me!
Radio Birdman-Radios Appear-it's good, Stooges-esque quasi-punk stuff. not a classic, I'd wager.
Dead Boys-Young, Loud and Snotty-indeed. the songs are good, but your enjoyment will depend on how you deal with those sleazy vocals. they don't seem very charming!
Stiff Little Fingers-Inflammable Material-great! except for that eight minute Bob Marley cover!
Stiff Little Fingers-Nobody's Heroes-better! except for that dub crap in the middle!
U.K. Subs-Another Kind of Blues-so formulaic I don't remember a single thing about it
TSOL-Dance With Me-cool! horror punk. check out the necrophiliac anthem "Code Blue"
The Damned-Damned Damned Damned and Machine Gun Etiquette-thought the latter was better, though the former's got the rock-ass "New Rose" on it.
The Advert-Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts-on one listen I thought this was pretty amazing, tbh.
X-Ray Spex-Germfree Adolescents-it's fine; not as good as The People say, though! Pitchfork gave it a 10/10!
Sham 69-That's Life-it's like a punk version of Quadrophenia! With dialogue between all the songs! Shame the songs themselves aren't very good!
Lurkers-Fulham Fallout-it's a punk album
Buzzcocks-first three proper albums-all good, so don't think only Singles Going Steady is worth your time. A Different Kind of Tension is half punk/half post-punk, but really pretty cool.
Pere Ubu-Dub Housing-maybe better than The Modern Dance, idk. Goofy vocals!
The Dictators-Bloodbrothers-half punk/half hard rock, but cool band. "Stay With Me" is adorable and great. Wanna hear more.
The Raincoats-s/t-it's good, but I question the decision to cover "Lola," as it just makes it seem like Ray Davies is a better songwriter than these chicks. It might be a grower.
The Slit-Cut-dub! it's cool, but after the whoa what is THIS? factor wears off after the first song I'm not sure how it holds up as an album
Swell Maps-A Trip to Marineville-really cool songs mixed with lots of experimental crap. good enough that I'm looking forward to hearing the followup tomorrow, though.
ABC-The Lexicon of Love. godlike.
Duran Duran-Rio-man, nobody ever told me these guys had such a hot rhythm section. the bass player tears it up! the singles are the best songs. I probably went 25 years in between hearing "Save a Prayer," and I still remembered the chorus.
A-Ha-Hunting High and Low-the singer is great. "Take On Me" is way better than the rest, of course, but it's pretty strong, and not all synth-pop all the time.
Erasure-The Innocents-really catchy, obv, though the style's a bit limited. "A Little Respect" is a perfect pop song. For some reason there's an instrumental on here.
Yaz (Yazoo)-Upstairs at Eric's-two absolute dance-banger singles and the gorgeous "Only You" are the highlights by far, but it's all good except for a bizarre experimental song.
OMD (not spelling it out, bros)-Architecture & Morality-cool! like what the next Joy Division album could've sounded like (if Ian could sing). Not sure about "Sealand," but the rest is moody goodness. Their other albums got good reviews too, but I don't wanna hear more right now.
Depeche Mode-Black Celebration-really good; feels more like an album than most of the stuff I'm listing.
Depeche Mode-Music for the Masses-not as good, but great opener. These albums are clangers. Makes me wonder what would've happened if Vince Clarke came back and there was a battle between light and dark.
Depeche Mode-Violator-total eargasm
Soft Cell-Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret-better than I was expecting; really sleazy and funny (Sex Dwarf!). The last song is great, I think!
The Go-Go's-Beauty and the Beat-massive singles, but not really any bad songs on here. Power-poppy. I always thought Belinda Carlisle was involved in the songwriting.
Squeeze-Cool for Cats-it's got the perfect "Up the Junction" and not much worse "Goodbye Girl" and a bunch of well-written New Wave charmers. Perhaps one too many Difford spoken numbers, though.
Squeeze-Argybargy-best one-two punch of my life. the rest seemed good.
Squeeze-East Side Story-lol@Carrack leaving after "Tempted" to try for solo glory. This is good, btw.
Nick Lowe-Jesus of Cool-good! sounds like My Aim Is True, which certainly makes sense.
Nick Lowe-Labour of Lust-good! doesn't sound very New Wave to me! Pub rock? As melodic as that first Marshall Crenshaw album.
Adam and The Ants-Kings of the Wild Frontier-really good melodies and cool percussion style. Burundi beat!
Guided By Voices-Bee Thousand-lo-fi wonder! hey, the guitar dropped out completely there! lol, this is cool.
Guided By Voices-Alien Lanes-this is great too, but I can see myself tiring of these guys fast.
Guided By Voices-Under the Bushes Under the Stars-I'm tired of these guys now
Sleater-Kinney-main singer chick has an awesome voice. first album is tolerable Riot Grrl stuff; second album seems a lot better. Dig Me Out even more so. "One More Hour" is a great little song. The Hot Rock is good too! And kinda weird in spots! Do these chicks ever get worse? Ok, All Hands on the Bad One is a bit of a miss, it seems. More on the rest later!
Bob Seger-Night Moves-ok I ventured into some more general Rock stuff too. This is good. Sweet 16's turned 31! The title track kills (the "woke last night to the sound of thunder" part is the best Seger thing ever), but nothing seemed weak. I'd imagine the followup is strong too, since it's got "Hollywood Nights" and "Still the Same" on it.