12. Jawbreaker, '24 Hour Revenge Therapy' (1994)
Home to luminaries like Green Day and Rancid, the Bay Area was the epicenter of underground punk in the early-to-mid-Nineties – and no band evoked the spirit of that time and place better than Jawbreaker. Their third album, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, captures the sense of rebellion that united different punk factions throughout Jawbreaker's adoptive hometown. Although formed at NYU, the trio made the ambitious move to California in 1987, where they were embraced as fiercely as any band born in Oakland. Listeners didn't need to know the scene politics of beloved nonprofit venue 924 Gilman Street to relate to the streetwise grit and melodic euphoria of timeless punk fight song "Boxcar" or the redemptive, surging "Condition Oakland," which, as singer-guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach told Pitchfork, encapsulated the album. "It addressed those ideas of loneliness and struggling to be an artist in a kind of rough environment," he said. "It has a lot of immediate truth to it." L.G.