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30 Post Punk Classics

Brian Sniatkowski "BrianSnat"
The list author says: "Post punk was a popular alternative musical style that started at the tail end of the punk movement in the late 70's and reached its peak in the early through mid 80's. It was rooted in the punk movement, and in fact many post punk artists started out as punk rockers.

Post punk usually kept the edginess of punk, but introduced studio experimentation, synthesizers, heavy base, drum machines, horns and other instruments. It often combined elements of funk, krautrock, reggae and disco style dance beats.

Post punk branched into goth rock, techno and industrial music and was the precursor to the 90's alternative scene."
Marquee Moon
Marquee Moon
"Because they were smack in the middle of the vanguard of the punk movement, they are usually considered a punk band, but their intricate guitar solos, long songs and heady lyrics made them the antithesis of punk. I guess we can call them the first post punk band or pre-post-punk.  I think this may be one of the greatest albums ever made."
More Songs About Buildings & Food
More Songs About Buildings & Food
"Because like Television they were there in the early days of CBGB they are often lumped with the punks, but the Head's music was too  intricate and not angry enough to be real punk.  Many Heads fans will disagree with this choice, but I think its their best album."
Closer
Closer
"Dark, haunting and often beautiful album that seems to portend lead singer Ian Curtis' suicide shortly after its release."
Psychedelic Furs
Psychedelic Furs
"The Furs were one of the finest of the post punk bands. Their first release is a bit darker than their later albums and has some great tunes like India, Susan's Strange. Influential to say the least"
Crocodiles (Expanded & Remastered)
Crocodiles (Expanded & Remastered)
"They were part of the early 80's psychedelic revival which included bands like Teardrop Explodes."
Odyshape
Odyshape
"Base, drums and off key vocals made for an infectious sound."
Real Life [Remastered & Expanded]
Real Life [Remastered & Expanded]
"Howard Devoto left the Buzzcocks and formed Magazine. With Real Life there was still a hint of the Buzzcocks sound, which was gone in their later releases."
Sound on Sound
Sound on Sound
"Bill Nelson's post Be Bop Deluxe band, Red Noise, was quite a departure from the guitar heavy prog/art rock of Be Bop.  Nelson's guitar playing is always outstanding, but it's much more concise and compact than with Be Bop. The outstanding drum work of Dave Mattacks really makes this album shine.   Too bad it was one record and out for Red Noise."
154
154
"With Pink Flag, Wire was solidly a punk band. By the time 154 came out they had left punk behind for far more intricate and melodic, yet still unconventional music."
The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
"No list of post punk artists is complete without The Smiths.  I don't think they ever made a bad album, but The Queen Is Dead is their best."
The Modern Dance
The Modern Dance
"Quirky, yet satisfying.  Not sure who told David Thomas he could sing, but I'm glad he tries - well sort of."
Unknown Pleasures (Collector's Edition)
Unknown Pleasures (Collector's Edition)
"Harder and not quite as dark as Closer."
Secondhand Daylight [Remastered]
Secondhand Daylight [Remastered]
"The Buzzcocks influences are gone by the time this came out.  Panned by some critics at the time for being too "prog rockish", but the songwriting and musicianship are outstanding"
Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe
Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe
"Came along well after the post punk era, but they certainly had the sound down."
Second Edition
Second Edition
"John Lydon's post, Sex Pistol's band, which alone makes it a post punk essential"
Eligible Bachelors
Eligible Bachelors
"Some excellent, catchy tunes that could have been major hits if anybody would have given this band a chance."
Talk Talk Talk
Talk Talk Talk
"Their biggest hit, Pretty in Pink, came from this album but there are far better songs like "Dumbwaiters", "Into You Like a Train" and "She is Mine"."
Low Life
Low Life
"After Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis bumped himself off, the remaining band members changed their name to New Order. As New Order they found far more commercial success than they probably would have has Joy Division continued.   This is my favorite release of theirs."
Goo
Goo
"Great band who is still putting out great music. Goo is their most underrated release and my favorite.  Call me a heretic, but I really don't care for Daydream Nation."
White Music
White Music
"Most XTC fans will disagree with this selection, but its my favorite XTC album, so tough."
The Correct Use Of Soap [Remastered]
The Correct Use Of Soap [Remastered]
"Magazine gets even further from their punk roots with this outstanding release."
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
"Possibly the most commercially successful post punk artist. This is my favorite record of theirs."
Porcupine
Porcupine
"McCullough and gang had 4 outstanding records coming out of the box. This one was a close second to Crocodiles"
Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
"Very underrated and very influential band."
Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry
"Some great songs on their first US release."
Killing Joke
Killing Joke
"If they had the big hair and studded leather outfits, Killing Joke might have even passed for a metal band. Hard, good rock."
Entertainment!
Entertainment!
"They certainly had a punk attitude, but their music had a little too much soul to be  real punk."
Systems Of Romance
Systems Of Romance
"The John Foxx led Ultravox was far better than the Euro-pop outfit they became after his departure."
Freedom of Choice
Freedom of Choice
"More than just a novelty act, Devo put out 3 quirky, but excellent albums.  This one makes the list on the strength of Gates of Steel and the title track."
Turn On the Bright Lights
Turn On the Bright Lights
"Like Pavement, Interpol came along way after the post punk movement, but their music fits solidly in the category. Let's call them a post punk tribute band, or a post post punk band."