40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time

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

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The Germs, '(GI)' (1979)

28. The Germs, '(GI)' (1979)

The Germs only released one album before waste-case singer Darby Crash killed himself in December 1980. But the Joan Jett–produced (GI) set a standard for spoiled L.A. nihilism, masking surprisingly nuanced lyrics in a hilariously sloppy blur.

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