40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

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

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X-Ray Spex, 'Germfree Adolescents' (1978)
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20. X-Ray Spex, 'Germfree Adolescents' (1978)

Teenage multiracial London girl Poly Styrene had braces on her teeth and wore Day-Glo rags, screeching anthems like "Oh Bondage Up Yours!" over saxophone blasts, and chanting, "I am a poseur and I don't care! I like to make people stare!" X-Ray Spex's explosive debut went criminally unreleased in the U.S., but it became a word-of-mouth cult classic, influencing Sleater-Kinney, the Beastie Boys and many others.

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