Steve Moyer got this ball rolling with his all time list of top 20 albums. He added 30 more to create his Top 50, which he proudly points out is quite unlike any boring same old list of rock fuddy duddies. I don’t think he said “fuddy duddies.”
21. Fucked Up, David Comes To Life — Got this when my wife started playing head games with me and I can’t listen to it anymore. But you can. Hate to admit it, but a little like U2 gone hardcore.
22. Hellacopters, By The Grace Of God — The best of the more restrained post-Dregen Hellacopters.
23. Masters Of Reality, How High The Moon — Best live album of all-time. Several songs are better than the studio versions.
24. T. Rex, Electric Warrior — So tough to choose between this and “Slider.”
25. T. Rex, The Slider — Essential Remnant #33
26. The Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks — Essential Remnant #23.
27. Hellacopters, Rock & Roll Is Dead — The Hellacopters at their most poppy and Fender-y. And it’s great. Don’t come expecting Marshall Crenshaw though.
28. The Depressions, Self-Titled — Completely ignored and vastly underrated English punk. Trying-too-hard misanthropic lyrics may have done them in. Who needs lyrics anyway?
29. Mott The Hoople, All The Young Dudes — “Ready For Love/After Lights” is a clunker for me (good riddance Mick Ralphs) but most of the rest kicks.
30. Blue Oyster Cult, Tyranny & Mutation — Right behind “Secret Treaties” in the excellent black & white Cult period. Made umlauts cool.
31. Hellacopters, Payin’ The Dues — Crazy-wild Gibson/Marshall Dregen early Hellacopters. All-in-all the best kind of Hellacopters.
32. Wire, Pink Flag — So influential. So great. So unknown by your average musical moron.
33. The Queens of the Stone Age, Self-Titled — QOTSA was at their best with Nick Oliveri playing Charles Manson to Josh Homme’s suave pseudo-Bowie. The second-best Oliveri album.
34. MC5, Back In The USA — Terribly produced (no bass), but way more consistent than any other MC5 album. Rocky and actually quite poppy.
35. The Ramones, First Three Albums — Essential Remnants #11, 12, and 32.
36. Various: Soundtrack Rushmore — I even like the Cat Stevens and Yves Montand. Most of the soundtrack is very melancholy. The movie’s real good too.
37. Hellacopters, High Visibility — This is the album that turned me on to the Hellas (went berserk over it) and now it’s my fifth-favorite. It just goes to show ya.
38. The Vibrators, Pure Mania — What pop-punk should be. “Keep It Clean” is the only punk song I know about being good.
39. Turbonegro, Small Feces — An expensive comp and the pre-Hank stuff is throwaway. But the best stuff is as good as anything the Turbo’s have ever done.
40. Stiff Little Fingers, Inflammable Material — Political fury, loud guitars, abrasive catchy vocals and a great reggae cover. Sorry Clash fans, but I like this even better.
41. The Queens of the Stone Age, Songs For The Deaf — Everyone knows “No One Knows.” The last Oliveri album, for now at least.
42. The Rezillos, Can’t Stand The Rezillos — Crazy bubblegum punk. I dare you to find more manic bass playing anywhere.
43. ZZ Top, Tres Hombres — So cool before the silly beard electronic stuff. They have returned to their senses, thank God.
44. Deep Purple, Machine Head — Excellent from start to finish, from a band whose other albums are loaded with filler. A gem.
45. Black Sabbath, Master Of Reality — “Sweet Leaf”? “Children Of The Grave”? “Into The Void”? Are you kidding me?
46. Bryan Ferry, Dylanesque — A bunch of great Dylan songs without having to listen to him sing.
47. The Ruts, The Crack — Another way underrated and forgotten classic from the first wave of British punk.
48. Gang Of Four, Entertainment! — Boy, talk about influence. Another band most knuckleheads know nothing about.
49. Wolfmother, Self-Titled — Like all the best Sabbath and Zep compressed into one tight unit.
50. Iggy And The Stooges, Raw Power — Producer Bowie must have fallen asleep with the bass knob on zero. But James Williamson creates my favorite all-time guitar sound here.