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The 100 Most Influential Alternative Releases of All Time

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:32 pm
by pauldrach
I found it here. Apparently it's originally from this book:

1966: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, "Freak Out"
1966: 13th Floor Elevators, "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators"
1967: The Velvet Underground, "The Velvet Underground and Nico"
1968: Leonard Cohen, "Songs of Leonard Cohen"
1969: The MC5, "Kick Out the Jams"
1969: Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, "Trout Mask Replica"
1969: The Shaggs, "Philosophy of the World"
1970: The Stooges, "Funhouse"
1970: Syd Barrett, "The Madcap Laughs"
1971: Can, "Tago Mago"
1971: Funkadelic, "Maggot Brain"
1972: Neu, "Neu!"
1972: Roxy Music, "Roxy Music"
1973: Faust, "The Faust Tapes"
1973: New York Dolls, "New York Dolls"
1974: Big Star, "Radio City"
1975: Henry Cow, "Unrest"
1975: Patti Smith, "Horses"
1975: Tom Waits, "Nighthawks at the Diner"
1975: Brain Eno, "Another Green World"
1975: Lou Reed, "Metal Machine Music"
1976: Ramones, "Ramones"
1976: Blondie, "Blondie"
1976: The Modern Lovers, "The Modern Lovers"
1976: The Runaways, "The Runaways"
1976: Radio Birdman, "Burn My Eye"
1976: The Residents, "Third Reich & Roll"
1977: Richard Hell and the Voidoids, "Blank Generation"
1977: Television, "Marquee Moon"
1977: Talking Heads, "Talking Heads 77"
1977: Suicide, "Suicide"
1977: Kraftwerk, "Trans-Europe Express"
1977: The Sex Pistols, "Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols"
1977: Elvis Costello, "My Aim is True"
1977: The Jam, "In the City"
1977: Wire, "Pink Flag"
1978: Throbbing Gristle, "Second Annual Report"
1978: Pere Ubu, "The Modern Dance"
1978: Various Artists, "No New York"
1978: Devo, "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo"
1978: X-Ray Spex, "Germ Free Adolescents"
1978: Chrome, "Alien Soundtracks"
1979: Buzzcocks, "Singles Going Steady"
1979: XTC, "Drums and Wires"
1979: The Heartbreakers, "Live at Max's Kansas City"
1979: The Specials, "The Specials"
1979: The Raincoats, "The Raincoats"
1979: The Slits, "Cut"
1979: The B=52's, "The B-52's"
1979: Public Image Ltd., "Metal Box"
1979: The Clash, "London Calling"
1979: Gang of Four, "Entertainment!"
1979: Marianne Faithfull, "Broken English"
1979: The Sugar Hill Gang, "Rapper's Delight"
1980: Echo and the Bunnymen, "Crocodiles"
1980: Joy Division, "Unknown Pleasures"
1980: Young Marble Giants, "Colossal Youth"
1980: Half Japanese, "1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts"
1980: Bauhaus, "In the Flat Field"
1980: The Cure, "Boys Don't Cry"
1980: The Soft Boys, "Underwater Moonlight"
1980: Dead Kennedys, "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables"
1980: The Pretenders, "The Pretenders"
1981: Black Flag, "Damaged"
1981: The Birthday Party, "Prayers on Fire"
1981: Mission of Burma, "Signals, Calls, and Marches"
1982: The Fall, "Hex Enduction Hour"
1982: Dream Syndicate, "The Days of Wine and Roses"
1983: R.E.M., "Murmur"
1983: Minor Threat, "Out of Step"
1983: Meat Puppets, "Meat Puppets II"
1983: Violent Femmes, "Violent Femmes"
1984: Husker Du, "Zen Arcade"
1984: The Replacements, "Let It Be"
1984: Minutemen, "Double Nickels on the Dime"
1984: The Smiths, "The Smiths"
1984: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, "The Red Hot Chili Peppers"
1984: Soundtrack, "Repo Man"
1985: The Jesus and Mary Chain, "Psychocandy"
1986: Sonic Youth, "EVOL"
1986: Big Black, "Atomizer"
1986: Throwing Muses, "Throwing Muses"
1986: Bad Brains, "I Against I"
1987: Jane's Addiction, "Jane's Addiction"
1987: Dinosaur Jr., "You're Living All Over Me"
1987: Negativland, "Escape from Noise"
1987: The Melvins, "Gluey Porch Treatments"
1987: Green River, "Dry as a Bone"
1988: Beat Happening, "Jamboree"
1988: My Bloody Valentine, "My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything"
1988: The Pixies, "Surfer Rosa"
1989: Nine Inch Nails, "Pretty Hate Machine"
1989: Slint, "Tweez"
1990: Moby, "Moby"
1991: The Orb, "Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld"
1991: Sebadoh, "Gimmie Indie Rock" (7 inch single)
1991: Nirvana, "Nevermind"
1992: Pavement, "Slanted and Enchanted"
1992: Bikini Kill, "Bikini Kill EP"
1992: Liz Phair, "Exile in Guyville"

Re: The 100 Most Influential Alternative Releases of All Tim

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:34 am
by Nassim
That's a nice list, but have Philosophy of the World and Metal Machine Music been really influential ?

Anyway, I'm more surprised by the presence of the first Red Hot Chili Peppers album in here, any of their next 4 albums would have made more sense. If it's for the mix of funk and rock, Freaky Styley would have been a better pick I think.
And I also don't think Tweez had a tenth of the influence of Spiderland (but if it's a 96 book it's probably already a good call to name a Slint album)

Re: The 100 Most Influential Alternative Releases of All Tim

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:35 pm
by Henrik

Re: The 100 Most Influential Alternative Releases of All Tim

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:43 am
by Jackson
Isn't Anything but not Loveless? I think half of Pitchfork's 2010s albums reviews have compared the album in question to Loveless...

Re: The 100 Most Influential Alternative Releases of All Tim

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:13 pm
by Henrik
Neil Strauss's "100 Most Influential Alternative Albums"

A couple of months ago, I found something on the internet called "Neil Strauss' 100 Most Influential Alternative Albums" list. I think Strauss is the main rock reviewer for the New York Times. Unfortunately, the site may be defunct or else I just cannot find it anymore, so I do not know for sure where the list came from. However, I'm pretty sure that the list is from Rolling Stone, sometime after 1992 ('93, I believe).

Additional Information

"Neil Strauss's 100 Most Influential Alternative Albums"

It appeared in the book called "Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-A-Rama", credited to Scott Schinder & the Editors of Rolling Stone Press, published by Delta Trade Paperbacks in 1996. Neil Strauss writes for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Village Voice and Option, among other publications.