33 Reasons why the unique is always better than the mainstream

A Listmania! list by Debaser 0 (Pittsburgh, PA)
The list author says: "When you turn on (rock) radio, you usually hear a bunch of 90's alternative or nu-metal or a mixture between the two. However, when you listen to the obscure or creative that doesn't get radio play, you get to hear music that the artist really put their heart and mind into rather than an artist like Hootie and the Blowfish or The Clarks that just create simple, blueprinted song structures about the same boring topics. It's almost like mainstream pop and rock is created just for people that don't want to think and feel. These are bands that do just that."
Mule Variations
1.  Mule Variations by Tom Waits
The list author says:
  "the most brilliant and creative artist in music. definitely a masterpiece."
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The Fragile
2.  The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails
The list author says:
  "you can hear the feeling in his voice. fits perfectly with the music. another masterpiece."
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Crystal Castles
3.  Crystal Castles by Crystal Castles
The list author says:
  "very different type of electronica. more intense than usual."
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Tohuvabohu
4.  Tohuvabohu by KMFDM
The list author says:
  "godfathers of industrial. ultra heavy beat is the perfect term to describe it."
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You Are Free
5.  You Are Free by Cat Power
The list author says:
  "beautiful and sad. another example of an artist not caring about the mainstream and just speaking about true feelings."
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Miss Machine
6.  Miss Machine by The Dillinger Escape Plan
The list author says:
  "the original mathcore. very intense and not just about anger like most heavier bands."
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Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
7.  Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By by Lovage
The list author says:
  "a different type of r&b that isn't just about catchy hooks and meaningless catchphrases."
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XX
8.  XX by The xx
The list author says:
  "something new and lo-fi without the pretentiousness of most indie bands. unbelievable that they're only 19.."
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Danzig 2: Lucifuge
9.  Danzig 2: Lucifuge by Danzig
The list author says:
  "melodic and dark. not your typical metal. better."
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Walk Among Us
10.  Walk Among Us by Misfits
The list author says:
  "extremely original. the best type of punk in my opinion."
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Sainthood
11.  Sainthood by Tegan & Sara
The list author says:
  "it's poppy and mostly love songs. but they do it in a way that gives it more of an edge. their best in my opinion."
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Sing Sing Death House
12.  Sing Sing Death House by Distillers
The list author says:
  "brought back intense punk music. the genre kinda fell off a bit when bands like fall out boy started being called punk."
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Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)
13.  Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death) by Marilyn Manson
The list author says:
  "so intelligent and aggressive it's scary. look past the shock that's in your head and listen to what he has to say."
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When The Pawn
14.  When The Pawn by Fiona Apple
The list author says:
  "anger overtop beautiful piano melodies. effing amazing."
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It's All Happening
15.  It's All Happening by Iwrestledabearonce
The list author says:
  "insane mathcore with humor. very perfect mix. incredible voice too."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

In The Flat Field (Reis)
16.  In The Flat Field (Reis) by Bauhaus
The list author says:
  "one of the very first goth bands to incorporate heaviness. the instruments blend perfectly with his amazing voice."
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Mit Gas
17.  Mit Gas by Tomahawk
The list author says:
  "one of patton's best projects. very similar to dillinger but not as crazy."
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Songs the Lord Taught Us
18.  Songs the Lord Taught Us by Cramps
The list author says:
  "garage rock mixed with horror. it sounds so vintage it blows your mind. before they stuck strictly with sexual topics."
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Surfer Rosa
19.  Surfer Rosa by Pixies
The list author says:
  "soft verses and heavy choruses. another brilliant work of originality."
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Enter The Vaselines
20.  Enter The Vaselines by The Vaselines
The list author says:
  "80s indie rock with perverse and twisted humor. again, minus the pretentiousness. awesome."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Nothing & Nowhere
21.  Nothing & Nowhere by The Birthday Massacre
The list author says:
  "successfully incorporating synth and dance pop in the 21st century. it was only a matter of time."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy
22.  Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy by Mindless Self Indulgence
The list author says:
  "gross, immature, politically incorrect. it doesn't take itself seriously and that's what makes it great."
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Zen Arcade [Vinyl]
23.  Zen Arcade [Vinyl] by Hüsker Dü
The list author says:
  "punk and indie mixed together. very good."
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The Woods
24.  The Woods by Sleater-Kinney
The list author says:
  "their best and sadly, their last. more intensity than most indie. most unique voice of all time."
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Future Perfect
25.  Future Perfect by Autolux
The list author says:
  "lush indie rock. this is actually my definition of the perfect indie band."
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Power Move
26.  Power Move by Screaming Females
The list author says:
  "awesome voice over insane rock. the girl can really shred live too."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Yes Virginia
27.  Yes Virginia by The Dresden Dolls
The list author says:
  "another band that created something so unique and different. her words are brilliant."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Murmur [Deluxe Edition]
28.  Murmur [Deluxe Edition] by R.E.M.
The list author says:
  "i can't even describe how great their first album was. and still is."
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Nico Vega
29.  Nico Vega by Nico Vega
The list author says:
  "the voice and the music are perfect together."
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Midnight Boom
30.  Midnight Boom by The Kills
The list author says:
  "very blusey. if that's how you spell it. the guitars compliment the structure immensely."
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Adolescents / Welcome To Reality
31.  Adolescents / Welcome To Reality by Adolescents
The list author says:
  "this"
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MIA: The Complete Anthology
32.  MIA: The Complete Anthology by The Germs
The list author says:
  "is"
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Milo Goes to College
33.  Milo Goes to College by Descendents
The list author says:
  "punk"
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