This list was compiled due to a friend’s request. It was not an easy list narrowing it down to 5 but I survived. I am listing the name of the band (of course), the year they formed and a short list of what I consider to be their essential albums (albums I would recommend to a non-listening of these bands). Here it is, by popular demand, sort of.
Formed in 1978.
Essential Albums: Milo Goes to College (1982), All (1987), Somery (1991), Everything Sucks (1996) and Cool To Be You (2004).
Formed in 1977
Essential Albums: Los Angeles (1980) and Beyond and Back: The X Anthology(1997).
Formed in 1976.
Essential Albums: Nervous Breakdown (1978), Damaged (1981), The First Four Years (1983) and Live ’84 (1984).
Formed in 1980.
Essential Albums: How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (1981), No Control (1989), Recipe for Hate (1993), Stranger Than Fiction (1994), and Tested (1997).
THE BEACH BOYS
Formed in 1961.
Essential Albums: Surfer Girl (1963), Pet Sounds (1966) and various compilations that have been released over the years.