10 Underrated Punk Albums That Should Be Considered Classics

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It's odd that people who have never met me want to punch me in the throat. Perhaps it's akin to what people like Sean Hannity and Joe Arpaio experience on a daily basis, although I would never want to be compared to them. Luckily, I feel safe in saying there is no comparison. All I've done is tell the story of how my bandmate once hit Danzig and then give my opinion on why a few albums that some people consider classics are really not that great. Again, key words, my opinion.

Anyhow, some of the people who wanted to punch me also suggested I write more positively about albums rather than put anybody down. A few even said I should write about "underrated" albums, and I thought it was a great idea. I'm sure you still might want to punch me, and that is okay. To be honest, there are people I'd like to punch, so I truly understand your frustration. The following albums are in no particular order, so please don't stalk my dog because I put your favorite of these at number four and you think it should be number one, dear reader. Some of them are by well-known bands, too, but I just don't think the records get the recognition they deserve.

So, without further delay, 10 underrated punk albums you should listen to again.

See also: 10 Classic Punk Records That Actually Kind of Suck
10 Years Ago, My Bandmate Knocked Danzig Out


1. Dead Kennedys, Frankenchrist

How can a great record from a classic band be underrated? It's pretty easy, actually. This album was not like its predecessors, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables or Plastic Surgery Disasters, whose attack was more sonically straightforward. "Frankenchrist" has some fairly long songs and a nice array of additional sounds brought in to the mix. Guitarist East Bay Ray even plays an acoustic guitar on "MTV Get Off the Air," which was just sacrilege to any card-totin' punk back in 1985.

For me, though, this is the Dead Kennedys firing on all cylinders. Not that there was any doubt about the musical ability of DH Peligro (drums), East Bay Ray, and Klaus Flouride (bass) prior to this release, but their playing on this record just about smokes every other punk rock band that put out a record that year. The high point, for me, is the last track, "The Stars and Stripes of Corruption" which just takes the piss out of 'Murica. Singer Jello Biafra's (whose current band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo Bay School of Medicine is amazing) opinionated rants are not for everybody, but so much of what he states in this killer song holds true today.

"Rednecks and bombs don't make us strong. We loot the world yet we can't even feed ourselves."

When you listen to Frankenchrist again (or for the very first time), I implore you to remember it is almost 30 years old. Sure some of the lyrics to "MTV Get Off the Air" are outdated, but the sentiment still rings true. Tracks like "This Could Be Anywhere (This Could Be Everywhere)" and "Soup Is Good Food" are still raw, haunting, and radical (in the true sense of the word).


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Michael James
Michael James

I would add Mothers With Chainsaws - I Dismember Mama.

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

World's Apart is one of the best Subhumans albums, His Hero is Gone is badass and I never really got into Born Against but I hear that's a great album.

Tim Callaway
Tim Callaway

Spot on. Wonderful and Frankenchrist were both gateway albums for me when I first got into punk, and Monuments to Thieves is in my all time top 10! All the rest are pretty good too.

Jim Fury Hesterman
Jim Fury Hesterman

I dunno... Punk rock is pretty crappy and that's what makes it good and good punk rock is crappy because it's too good. So... there you go. We'll just leave it to taste.

joe.distort
joe.distort

i can promise you that more than a small handful of us remember HHIG :)


especially since everyone jocks TRAGEDY so hard (HHIG was totally the better band)

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