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Peter Urban "Council Communist"
 
Horses
Horses
"Both of the Patti Smith Band's first two albums were brilliant. Indispensible for any punk collection."
Radio Ethiopia
Radio Ethiopia
"Pissing in a River and Strange, with Land and Birdland from the first album are among the best songs in rock period. Not just punk rock, all rock."
Modern Lovers
Modern Lovers
"Really kinda proto-punk, but most of us didn't find out about them until we were already punks."
Live at CBGB's
Live at CBGB's
"Really only worth buying for the Mink DeVille songs, which are among the best ever recorded by them."
Ramones
Ramones
"I confess, I wasn't a huge Ramones fan. They were fun the first three or four times you saw them, then the joke wore thin."
Blank Generation
Blank Generation
"Blank Generation was a genuine anthem of the punk rock nation, such as we were. It was life changing stuff."
Talking Heads '77
Talking Heads '77
"Hard to think of the Talking Heads as punk rock now, but they were among the firsts. Psycho Killer was one of my first (US) punk singles."
Live At Max's Kansas City - Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Live At Max's Kansas City - Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
"Could there have been punk rock without Chinese Rock? Actually, maybe there would have been more living punks without chinese rocks."
Marquee Moon
Marquee Moon
"I don't think this album really did early Television justice, especially since it was recorded post-Hell, but Television was, again, one of the firsts."
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
"It is impossible to talk British punk rock and not start with the Pistols. The one album recorded while they survived is the only worth buying."
Give 'em Enough Rope
Give 'em Enough Rope
"I know I should have included the first album, but I let the Singles stand in for the 1977 version of the Class, because I love Guns on the Roof."
Singles
Singles
"Remote Control, Complete Control, White Man in Hammersmith P., the Prisoner--all better than anything post 2nd album."
Spiral Scratch
Spiral Scratch
"Boredom is why this is here, it was my first UK punk single, after Anarchy and 1977."
Once Upon A Time/The Singles
Once Upon A Time/The Singles
"This is here for Hong Kong Garden, which sounds nothing like Souixie ever sounded again."
Scream
Scream
"So, this one's here for the other side of Souixie--the dark, proto-goth side."
The Punk Singles Collection: '77-'80
The Punk Singles Collection: '77-'80
"I wish I could have found Gene October doing Right to Work as well, but Sham's early singles is going to have to stand in for a whole lot of early Brit punk of its genre."
Image Has Cracked-Punk Singles Collection
Image Has Cracked-Punk Singles Collection
"People tend to forget that Mark P.'s fanzine Sniffin' Glue was nearly as important to Brit punk as the Pistols. My Love Lies Limp is one of the best punk songs ever written."
Damned Damned Damned
Damned Damned Damned
"I more or less hated the Damned (after there was more to choose from), but they were among the pioneers and good on 'em."
Entertainment!
Entertainment!
"Gang of Four were really late-comers, but I don't care. They were my favorite Brit punk band. Anthrax was among the best punk singles ever done and this album among the best albums."
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
"An amazing album, by LA's best punk band. I think I liked the Dangerhouse single best though."
Class War
Class War
"It's a shame that there really aren't any really good Dils records, because they were, without a doubt, the West Coast's best punk band. I am proud to have managed them in their early days."
Died for Your Sins
Died for Your Sins
"The Nuns and Crime beat them out as San Francisco's first punk bands, but the Avengers were probably (with the Dils) the City's best loved punk band. The album doesn't do them justice."
Don't Push Me Around
Don't Push Me Around
"Though I'm not sure I knew it at the time, the Zeros were the most fun and the purest of heart of any punk band I knew on the West Coast. Great, great stuff. Real 17 yr old punk stuff."
MIA: The Complete Anthology
MIA: The Complete Anthology
"For $1.05 I would have killed Darby at times, I think. But looking back, I've gotta say that Forming was a punk classic and Pat Smear was a really sweet person."
Q: Are We Not Men
Q: Are We Not Men
"Mongoloid-period-forget everything else the ever did. Instead of talking about them, I'll plug Negative Trend. If you can find their recordings, buy them!"