Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Top 5 Bands from Los Angeles

This list was compiled due to a friend's request. It was not an easy list narrowing it down to 5 but I survived. I am listing the name of the band (of course), the year they formed and a short list of what I consider to be their essential albums (albums I would recommend to a non-listening of these bands). Here it is, by popular demand, sort of.

DESCENDENTS
Formed in 1978.
Essential Albums: Milo Goes to College (1982), All (1987), Somery (1991) & Everything Sucks (1996).

X
Formed in 1977
Essential Albums: Los Angeles (1980) and Beyond and Back: The X Anthology(1997).

BLACK FLAG
Formed in 1976.
Essential Albums: Nervous Breakdown (1978), Damaged (1981), The First Four Years (1983) and Live ’84 (1984).

BAD RELIGION
Formed in 1980.
Essential Albums: How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (1981), No Control (1989), Recipe for Hate (1993), Stranger Than Fiction (1994), and Tested (1997).

THE BEACH BOYS
Formed in 1961.
Essential Albums: Surfer Girl (1963), Pet Sounds (1966) and various compilations that have been released over the years.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
THE DOORS
Formed in 1965. Essential Albums: The Doors (1967), People are Strange (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968) and L.A. Woman (1971).

VAN HALEN
Formed in 1978.
Essential Albums: Van Halen (1978), 1984 (1984) and 5150 (1986).

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