Greatest Album of 1979 - Preliminary Round 3

Which albums deserve to move on?

Poll ended at 15 May 2021, 8:52am

Blondie, Eat to the Beat
3
3%
The Clash, London Calling
12
13%
Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Armed Forces
6
7%
The Damned, Machine Gun Etiquette
3
3%
Gang of Four, Entertainment!
8
9%
The Germs, (GI)
3
3%
The Jam, Setting Sons
8
9%
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
5
6%
KISS, Dynasty
2
2%
Madness, One Step Beyond …
3
3%
Magazine, Secondhand Daylight
4
4%
The Ruts, The Crack
3
3%
The Skids, Scared to Dance
4
4%
The Slits, Cut
5
6%
The Specials, The Specials
11
12%
Stiff Little Fingers, Inflammable Material
9
10%
 
Total votes: 89

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Flex wrote:
14 May 2021, 8:37pm
The Germs' (GI) i sitting at three votes and I'd like to send out a plea for any stragglers to consider getting it through the preliminaries.

That album helped spawn the hardcore movement and it remains one of its finest exemplars. Every track on it is a classic. It's worth remembering that, when the hardcore bands started, Darby and the gang werent keeping up on whatever bullshit storylines NME was running. They had those class of 77 records and just thought this was the next logical step. The pure democratisation of punk rock. That old saw about how punk was something everyone could do? Fuck that, the common shithead couldn't put together NMTB or release a single like New Rose or whatever. But any alienated punk could get together and start a hardcore band. This album that documents the sound of Darby Crash bring punk rock, truly, to the people. And it still fucking slays to this very day.
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Wolter wrote:
14 May 2021, 9:16pm
Flex wrote:
14 May 2021, 8:37pm
The Germs' (GI) i sitting at three votes and I'd like to send out a plea for any stragglers to consider getting it through the preliminaries.

That album helped spawn the hardcore movement and it remains one of its finest exemplars. Every track on it is a classic. It's worth remembering that, when the hardcore bands started, Darby and the gang werent keeping up on whatever bullshit storylines NME was running. They had those class of 77 records and just thought this was the next logical step. The pure democratisation of punk rock. That old saw about how punk was something everyone could do? Fuck that, the common shithead couldn't put together NMTB or release a single like New Rose or whatever. But any alienated punk could get together and start a hardcore band. This album that documents the sound of Darby Crash bring punk rock, truly, to the people. And it still fucking slays to this very day.
Seconded.
So its just the 3 of us then huh.

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revbob wrote:
14 May 2021, 9:20pm
Wolter wrote:
14 May 2021, 9:16pm
Flex wrote:
14 May 2021, 8:37pm
The Germs' (GI) i sitting at three votes and I'd like to send out a plea for any stragglers to consider getting it through the preliminaries.

That album helped spawn the hardcore movement and it remains one of its finest exemplars. Every track on it is a classic. It's worth remembering that, when the hardcore bands started, Darby and the gang werent keeping up on whatever bullshit storylines NME was running. They had those class of 77 records and just thought this was the next logical step. The pure democratisation of punk rock. That old saw about how punk was something everyone could do? Fuck that, the common shithead couldn't put together NMTB or release a single like New Rose or whatever. But any alienated punk could get together and start a hardcore band. This album that documents the sound of Darby Crash bring punk rock, truly, to the people. And it still fucking slays to this very day.
Seconded.
So its just the 3 of us then huh.
If we were still going with 5 votes, I would have voted the Germs in, but since I only had 4 votes, I opted for the Damned "Machine Gun Etiquette" to round out my picks. Both are great albums, but I think MGE is a little bit stronger. I have both of albums on my iPod, songs I never hit "skip" when they come up on the shuffle rotation.

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Heston wrote:
14 May 2021, 9:12pm
Have they got any good tunes or is it just people shouting?
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to listen to the album from front to back, but here are three tasty tracks that represent Darby's version of David Bowie's apocalyptic visions filtered through a blender of class of 77 inspiration and punk rock democracy:





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Heston wrote:
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Tell me this isn't great rock and roll...

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Well, y'all got to ten albums, plus, however criminally belatedly, you consigned Dynasty to the KISS-branded dustpan of history (only $99.95 at the KISS Store). Along with every other American band.

We'll pick things up on Monday and in two weeks find out whether London Calling can somehow sneak its way to the final.
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Looks like you're back in the saddle again, Herr Doktor.

Glad to see the albums I voted for all made the cut.
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Olaf wrote:
15 May 2021, 10:18am
Looks like you're back in the saddle again, Herr Doktor.

Glad to see the albums I voted for all made the cut.
Only one technical hiccup that I can recall, and I was to blame for that. Things are much easier now at my end.
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Heston wrote:
14 May 2021, 9:12pm
Flex wrote:
14 May 2021, 8:37pm
The Germs' (GI) i sitting at three votes and I'd like to send out a plea for any stragglers to consider getting it through the preliminaries.

That album helped spawn the hardcore movement and it remains one of its finest exemplars. Every track on it is a classic. It's worth remembering that, when the hardcore bands started, Darby and the gang werent keeping up on whatever bullshit storylines NME was running. They had those class of 77 records and just thought this was the next logical step. The pure democratisation of punk rock. That old saw about how punk was something everyone could do? Fuck that, the common shithead couldn't put together NMTB or release a single like New Rose or whatever. But any alienated punk could get together and start a hardcore band. This album that documents the sound of Darby Crash bring punk rock, truly, to the people. And it still fucking slays to this very day.
Have they got any good tunes or is it just people shouting?
Flex posted a few really good ones, here's "Media Blitz". For a song written in the last 70's, it's spot on for all the social media etc. that people are so influenced by today.

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Another great track off of GI - "Richie Dagger's Crime"


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Heston wrote:
14 May 2021, 8:35pm
Tell me this isn't great rock and roll...

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Sparky wrote:
15 May 2021, 10:32am
Another great track off of GI - "Richie Dagger's Crime"

One of my favorites. That riff at the beginning...
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Wolter wrote:
15 May 2021, 12:02pm
Sparky wrote:
15 May 2021, 10:32am
Another great track off of GI - "Richie Dagger's Crime"

One of my favorites. That riff at the beginning...
Exactly! That's what hooked me on this one from the start 42 years ago!

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Sparky wrote:
15 May 2021, 12:22pm
Wolter wrote:
15 May 2021, 12:02pm
Sparky wrote:
15 May 2021, 10:32am
Another great track off of GI - "Richie Dagger's Crime"

One of my favorites. That riff at the beginning...
Exactly! That's what hooked me on this one from the start 42 years ago!
Id kind of forgotten how good this album is.

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Oh please please please vote for these albums I like please.
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