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Here Are the Imperative Lists.  These are the CD's I believe are the most important and representative of each of the categories I have defined.  I have also taken a shot at defining an overall list of ten CD's that I feel would let you best experience the music of the entire punk era.  I have chosen the CD's I believe you will find most entertaining.  I have also attempted to balance out the different styles to lend the most diversity to the Imperative lists.  I have limited myself to 10 Punk CD's, and 5 CD's each from the New Wave, Pre Punk, and Post Punk categories.  However, I believe any of the bands and CD's I have mentioned on this site would make a great addition to your collection.

Punk Imperative:

  1. Sex Pistols - "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" (1979)
  2. The Clash - "London Calling" (1979)
  3. The Damned - "The Best of the Damned" (1980)
  4. Ramones - "Ramonesmania" (Best-of, 1988)
  5. Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Kaleidoscope" (1980)
  6. The Buzzcocks - "Singles Going Steady" (1979)
  7. Dead Kennedys - "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" (1980)
  8. Gang of Four - "Brief History of the 20th Century" (Best-of, 1990)
  9. Elvis Costello - "My Aim Is True" (1977)
  10. Talking Heads - "Talking Heads 77" (1977)

New Wave Imperative

  1. The B-52's - "The B-52's" (1979; also, "Wild Planet" if you like the B-52's)
  2. Devo - "Freedom of Choice" (1980)
  3. Psychedelic Furs - "Talk Talk Talk" (1981)
  4. Generation X - "Perfect Hits 75-81" (released 1997)
  5. The Dickies - "Dawn of the Dickies" (1979)

Pre Punk Imperative

  1. Stooges - "Raw Power" (1973)
  2. New York Dolls - "New York Dolls" (1973)
  3. Velvet Underground - "Velvet Underground and Nico" (1967)
  4. Patti Smith - "Radio Ethiopia" (1976)
  5. David Bowie - "Ziggy Stardust" (1972)

Post Punk Imperative

  1. Husker Du - "Zen Arcade" (1984)
  2. X - "Los Angeles/Wild Gift" (1980/1981, reisuued 1988)
  3. Violent Femmes - "Violent Femmes" (1982)
  4. The Replacements - "Let It Be" (1984)
  5. Decline of Western Civilization (Soundtrack/Compilation 1980; Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear, and X)

Total Imperative.  The ten most representative albums from the entire punk era.

  1. Sex Pistols - "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" (1979)
  2. The Clash - "London Calling" (1979)
  3. The Damned - "The Best of the Damned" (1980)
  4. Ramones - "Ramonesmania" (Best-of, 1988)
  5. Dead Kennedys - "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" (1980)
  6. The B-52's - "The B-52's" (1979)
  7. Husker Du - "Zen Arcade" (1984)
  8. Violent Femmes - "Violent Femmes" (1982)
  9. Decline of Western Civilization (Soundtrack/Compilation 1980)
  10. Stooges - "Raw Power" (1973)

Finally, here is a list of some of my personal favorites.  If I had to go to a bunker some day and I could only bring 13 CD's from the punk era with me, I would bring the following (in no specific order):

  • Husker Du - "Zen Arcade" (1984)
  • Sex Pistols - "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" (1977)
  • The Clash - "London Calling" (1979)
  • Gang of Four - "Brief History of the 20th Century" (Best-of, 1990)
  • Elvis Costello - "My Aim Is True" (1977)
  • The English Beat - "I Just Can't Stop It" (1980)
  • The B-52's - "The B-52's" (1979)
  • Psychedelic Furs - "Talk Talk Talk" (1981)
  • Violent Femmes - "Violent Femmes" (1982)
  • X - "Los Angeles/Wild Gift" (1980/1981, reissued 1988)
  • Bad Brains - "Rock For Light" (1983)
  • Angry Samoans - "Back From Samoa" (1982)
  • Echo and the Bunnymen - "Songs to Learn and Sing" (Best-of, 1985)
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