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The Twenty Best Post-Punk Albums You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

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Two weeks ago SEM brought you “The Twenty Best Post-Punk Singles You Probably Never Heard” and now it’s time for albums to get their chance. Most of these bands/artists had singles as well, of course – 45s were a staple back then, like badges and beer and the import section at Tower Records – but their work was best appreciated in the long-playing format. A thousand classics were issued to far too little acclaim and attention, and this is our modest attempt to bring twenty of them into a spotlight as big as the internet. Listen up, and bear in mind, we just might have left the best for last:

Local Heroes SW9 – “Drip Dry Zone” (1980)

 

Certain General – “November’s Heat” (1984)

 

Associates – “Affectionate Punch” (1980)

 

The Walker Brothers – “Nite Flights” (1978)

 

Crispy Ambulance – “The Plateau Phase” (1982)

 

Human Switchboard – “Who’s Landing In My Hangar?” (1981)

 

The Stick Men – “This Is The Master Brew” (1982)

 

The Tapes – “Party” (1980)

 

Laughing Clowns – “Everything That Flies” (1982)

 

Polyrock – “Polyrock” (1980)

 

Minny Pops – “Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement” (1979)

 

Dif Juz – “Who Says So?” (1983)

 

Native Tongue – “Yowl” (1983)

 

The Individuals – “Field” (1982)

 

John Cooper Clarke – “Snap, Crackle & Bop” (1980)

 

Social Climbers – “Social Climbers” (1981)

 

Tin Huey – “Contents Dislodged During Shipment” (1979)

 

Love Tractor – “Love Tractor” (1982)

 

The Yachts – “S.O.S.” (1979)

 

Deaf School – “English Boys/Working Girls” (1978)