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100 Best Debut Albums of All Time

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'Los Angeles'
Courtesy Slash Records50/100

50. 'Los Angeles'

Slash, 1980

Produced by Ray Manzarek of the Doors, this is the first great West Coast punk album. Searing songs fly off like sparks, including a zippy cover of the Doors' "Soul Kitchen," opener "Your Phones Off the Hook but You're not" and the torrid, William S.  Burroughs-influenced "Johnny Hit and Run Paulene," all propelled by guitarist Billy Zoom's rockabilly flash, D.J. Bonebrake's drums and John Doe and Exene Cervenka's cat-scratch harmonies and street-poet vibe. One song title perfectly sums up their scrawled message: "The World's A Mess, It's In My Kiss."

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