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Article by Jim Wirth

From Mojo, November 2005

As part of a "50 Greatest US Punk Tracks" feature, this from the 13 that make up a section covering 1984-2005:

Lemonheads
Second Chance
(Taang!!, 1987)

Soon to become the downtrodden Grant Hart to Evan Dando's monstrously gifted Bob Mould, on the Lemonheads' first album doe-eyed Ben Deily sounded the more likely man to drag a blow-dried approximation of punk rock into a million college dorm-rooms. On Second Chance the Harvard heart-throb's bitter tears crystallise into hormonal guitar rage as he snarls back at a former girlfriend. Listen and wonder how anyone so posh and so American could sound so much like Stiff Little Fingers' Jake Burns.

The list of tracks in full, divided into four periods:

1984-2005 - "Every Loser Wins"

Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick
Agnostic Front - Your Mistake
Minutemen - Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
Sonic Youth - Death Valley '69
Lemonheads - Second Chance
Bad Religion - You Are (The Government)
Nirvana - Sliver
NOFX - Don't Call Me White
Green Day - Basket Case
The Offspring - Come Out And Play
At The Drive-In - One Armed Scissor
The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
The Blood Brothers - Cecilia & The Silhouette Saloon

1978-1983 - "Going Underground"

Minor Threat - I Don't Wanna Hear It
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles
The Dickies - Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song)
Bad Brains - Pay To Cum
Adolescents - Amoeba
The Cramps - Garbage Man
The Gun Club - She's Like Heroin To Me
Flipper - Sex Bomb
Descendents - I'm Not A Loser
FEAR - Let's Have A War
Husker Du - Everything Falls Apart

1968-1978 - "Down On The Street"

The Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
The Stooges - 1969
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
The Dictators - The Next Big Thing
Television - Little Johnny Jewel
The Electric Eels - Agitated
Patti Smith - Gloria
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
Germs - Forming
The Misfits - Attitude
Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

1955-1967 - "Prehistoric Punks"

The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard
The Phantom - Love Me
Gene Maltais - The Raging Sea
Link Wray - Jack The Ripper
The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird
The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
Hasil Adkins - She Said
The Sonics - Psycho
Randy Alvey And The Green Fuz - Green Fuz
The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
The 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
Love - 7 And 7 Is
The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray

 

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