40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

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

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Pere Ubu, 'Terminal Tower' (1985)
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23. Pere Ubu, 'Terminal Tower' (1985)

As punk was heating up in New York and London, it was also percolating in Cleveland, where Pere Ubu created an "industrial folk" that sounded post-punk in 1975. This archival set peaks with the chillingly anthemic heartland noir of "Final Solution," where singer David Thomas yowls over Peter Laughner's rustbelting guitar. The hard-living Laughner drank his way into an early grave by the time he was 24, but the band he co-founded is still at it today.

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