40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

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

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X, 'Los Angeles' (1980)
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9. X, 'Los Angeles' (1980)

X were way too arty to fit in with the L.A. hardcore scene — married couple John Doe and Exene Cervenka sang about L.A. as a surreal nightmare full of psycho speed freaks and burned-out Hollywood directors, over Billy Zoom's junkshop rockabilly guitar. Their producer was the Doors' Ray Manzarek; they paid respects with a version of "Soul Kitchen" that would have scared Jim Morrison right out of town.

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