How to Get Into Punk; or, I Really Want to Like Bad Brains, But I Just Can’t

It sounds like you don’t have enough pent-up rage. Have a conversation with an extreme right-wing conservative and then play the following mix at maximum volume, preferably while reading the lyrics. Then you will understand punk.

01. Fugazi - “The Waiting Room” (13 Songs)
02. Dead Kennedys - “Holiday in Cambodia” (Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables)
03. Wire - “Three Girl Rhumba” (Pink Flag)
04. Minutemen - “Storm in My House” (Double Nickels On The Dime)
05. Gang of Four - “Natural’s Not In It” (Entertainment!)
06. Black Flag - “Rise Above” (Damaged)
07. The Clash - “I’m So Bored With The USA” (The Clash)
08. Ramones - “Judy Is A Punk” (Ramones)
09. The Sex Pistols - “Anarchy In The U.K.” (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols)
10. Crass - “Do They Owe Us A Living?” (The Feeding of the 5000)
11. Hüsker Dü - “Turn On The News” (Zen Arcade)
12. The Stooges - “1970” (Fun House)
13. D.O.A. - “General Strike” (Punk Rock Singles 1978-1999)
14. Sleater-Kinney - “I Wanne Be Your Joey Ramone” (Call The Doctor)
15. Minor Threat - “Minor Threat” (Minor Threat EP)
16. The Jam - “Going Underground” (B-side of Dreams of Children single)
17. OFF! - “Broken” (First Four EPs)
18. The Replacements - “Unsatisfied” (Let It Be)
19. Bad Brains - “Banned In D.C.” (Bad Brains)

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