40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

The riot-starters and two-chord wonders that blew rock wide open

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Bad Brains, 'Bad Brains' (1982)
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19. Bad Brains, 'Bad Brains' (1982)

The African-American Rastas in Bad Brains had roots in jazz and reggae, yet they helped found the D.C. hardcore scene with their self-proclaimed "P.M.A." — positive mental attitude. Named after a Ramones song, they were already local legends by the time they dropped their 1982 cassette-only debut, with its terrifyingly fast thrash-dervish attack "Pay to Cum."

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