Loading...
Top 20 Greatest L.A. Punk Albums of All Time

Top 20 Greatest L.A. Punk Albums of All Time: The Complete List

Comments (0)

By

Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 4:00 AM
click to enlarge X
  • X

*Top 20 Worst Bands Ever: The Complete List

*Top 20 Musicians of All Time, in Any Genre: The Complete List

*Top 20 Sexiest Female Musicians of All Time: The Complete List

*Top 20 Sexiest Male Musicians of All Time: The Complete List

The history of Los Angeles punk is largely composed of a series of brief, but brilliant, flashes in the pan. Since its inception in the late '70s, the genre has been consistently livid, often funny, rarely commercial, but always socially relevant. From the British-influenced first wave, to the violently political hardcore scene that followed to the revival in the late '90s, the music remains irritated, youthfully temperamental and unmistakable for anything else. Without question, L.A. punk is an undeniable part of the story of American music. Now if only they would play it on the radio. --Kai Flanders

click to enlarge Angry_Samoans_Back_From_Samoa_515188.jpg

20. Angry Samoans

Back From Samoa

Normally, punk bands trying to be cute is a nonstarter, but it somehow works for Angry Samoans. Back From Samoa features blazing punk rock with titles like "They Saved Hitler's Cock," "Tuna Taco" and "My Old Man's a Fatso." Their secret? The emphasis is always on the rocking, not the mocking. They weren't trying to be funny, they just were. --Nicholas Pell

click to enlarge 51xuduIly1L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

19. The Minutemen

Double Nickels on the Dime

It's like someone sent descriptions of punk and funk music to Mars, the signals got jumbled and this is what the Martians perfected and beamed back. Fortunately, "Mars" was just San Pedro, and we get to call this album our own. At an average of two minutes apiece, the songs on Double Nickels run the gamut from Beefheartian absurdity to blue-collar alienation to literary pedantry to, uh, farts. The title flashes a big middle finger to the banal rebellion of pop rock. You say Hagar's going to break the speed limit? Well, we're going to go exactly 55 (double nickels) and save the rebellion for the music. --Paul Bradley

click to enlarge despise_you.jpg

18. Despise You

West Side Horizons

Despise You's stature keeps increasing, largely due to this career-spanning document incorporating early EPs and tracks from a previous abortive attempt at an album. In a sense, the record is something of a spiritual successor to Black Flag's Damaged; looking to metal as much as punk, both records are what happens when rage meets perfectionism and adds up to something more than the sum of its parts. For proof of its influence, just hit up a backyard powerviolence show some time and see what folks are into. --Nicholas Pell

See also: Our feature story on the band: Despise You Are More Hardcore Than Hardcore

Related Content

Now Trending

  • What Music Do Frat Guys Like?

    Frat guys were once thought to be the Neanderthals on campus, particularly when it came to their cultural tastes. But you'd be surprised the kind of music you hear at fraternity parties today - it's often more Low End Theory than fratstep.  To wrap our heads around what the bros are into, we...
  • The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

    So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures, and their breezy poses.  There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 most beautiful...
    8
  • The Best Acts at Coachella Weren't Even on the Bill

    Nate Jackson GZA destroying bros with his lyrics at the Heineken House Special guests at Coachella are commonplace at this point. It's just something you expect when you set foot on the Polo Fields. But on Saturday night things went to another level; it was a fantastic evening due to...

Slideshows

Los Angeles Event Tickets