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12 Essential 1980s Alternative Rock Albums

PopMatters' '80s alt-rock primer spotlights the essential alternative rock albums from the broad genre's rich and diverse early years.

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This Is Not Your Bloody Valentine: 10 Essential Non-'Loveless' Shoegaze Albums

Despite all the criticism and perhaps unworthy purple praise, there remains virtually a whole movement people ignore outside of its pink, hazy zenith.

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Counterbalance No. 84: The Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Psychocandy'

Listen to the girl as she takes on half the world and listen to the 84th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1985 alt-rock staple is next in our ongoing series.

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The Submarines: The Shoelaces EP

Even when the Submarines try to strip their material down, they still sound fussy and slickly polished.

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Ringo Deathstarr: Shadow EP

Ringo Deathstarr shifts its shoegaze retro period of focus ahead by a year or two, maintaining the same striking, if now predictable, fidelity to its influences.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain: The Power of Negative Thinking

The forefathers of modern-day noise-rock release practically all of their odds-and-sods, which includes songs that are terrible, funny, exciting, bland, and utterly spectacular in equal measure.

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Chasing Honey Bees: The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Post-Masterpiece Struggle

Their first album, Psychocandy, was a classic. And as new reissues of the Jesus and Mary Chain's first five records are released, we see the story of a band proving there is life after a masterpiece.

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