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The Cars: self-titled

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New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

A band that is only one-third New York Dolls -- no matter how good their intentions -- still sounds like it.

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So Tough: The Boy Behind the Sid Vicious Myth

The punk rock version of James Dean, Sid Vicious solidified his fame by dying young, leaving behind memories of his notorious behavior and the mystery of girlfriend Nancy Spungen's murder.

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Blondie: Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision

Listening to all these songs in a row provides a reminder of what a great band Blondie was in its heyday, blessed with well-constructed songs, powerful vocals, concise playing, and great production.

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The Velvet Underground: Under Review [DVD]

Yes, it would have been nice if the Velvet Underground had made 10 million dollars, but it's even better that they made music that still influences people today.

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Buzzcocks: Flat-Pack Philosophy

The new record from the British pop-punk legends largely trades in the darkness and aggression of its predecessor for a poppier, more melodic approach.

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The Sugarcubes: The DVD [DVD] / Live Zabor [DVD]

With her pixie-like looks, dazzling vocal range, and mesmerizing stage presence, it was hard not to focus on Björk.

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The Cut-Out Bin #5: Genevieve Waite, Romance Is on the Rise (1974)

After the Mamas and the Papas, John Phillips found his muse in this South African model-actress and indulged her wish to become a singer. The result? This rarely heard record of campy cabaret.

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Genevieve Waite, Romance Is on the Rise (1974)

After the Mamas and the Papas, John Phillips found his muse in this South African model-actress and indulged her wish to become a singer. The result? This rarely heard record of campy cabaret.

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Buzzcocks: Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003 [DVD]

Shelley and Diggle themselves prove this point, portraying themselves as regular blokes who enjoy a night at the pub while making some of the finest music around.

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New York Dolls: All Dolled Up [DVD]

Bob Gruen and then-wife Nadya Beck logged over 40 hours of film of the Dolls, and from this footage comes this new documentary.

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Maximum Joy: Unlimited (1979-1983)

The group's use of complex percussion, horns, danceable bass lines, and overtly English female vocals built a bridge between the worlds of Afrobeat, reggae, avant-garde jazz, funk, and pop.

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The Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection

The DVD set reminds us that John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a significant role in these issues while producing art and maintaining a sense of humor.

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Thunders, Kane & Nolan: You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory [DVD]

It is a don't-miss DVD for fans of the Dolls or the Heartbreakers.

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Various Artists: Grlz: Women Ahead of Their Time

This is a fine collection that will shed light on many of post-punk's unjustly forgotten artists.

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Various Artists: The Motown Box

A testament to the label's great achievements, and an absolute joy to hear.

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Various Artists: Swinging Mademoiselles

The British certainly didn't have a monopoly on the vibrant youth culture of the 1960s. The French certainly played their part in the so-called youthquake.

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Various Artists: The Best of Shel Silverstein: His Words, His Songs, His Friends

Those who approach the material with an open mind and a sense of humor will find a treasure trove of great American storytelling here.

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Chelsea: Urban Kids: A Punk Rock Anthology

The band's music is competent, often fun, and likely laid the groundwork for more than a few oi bands to follow.

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Thee Shams: Sign the Line

Thee Shams have expanded their sound to include traces of psychedelia, Southern rock, the British invasion, Led Zeppelin, and '70s AM radio.

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The English Beat: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall [DVD]

Although usually lumped in with the ska revival bands, the English Beat's exhilarating blend of pop hooks, reggae rhythms, jazzy sax breaks, and punky attitude is difficult enough to categorize that they wouldn't stand a chance on today's genre-driven radio or MTV.

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Iggy Pop: A Million in Prizes: The Iggy Pop Anthology

Iggy Pop is the godfather of punk, the world's forgotten boy, a streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm, Bowie sidekick, and generally fucked-up rock 'n' roll lunatic who should have died in a gutter 30 years ago.

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Brian Setzer: Rockabilly Riot! Volume One: A Tribute to Sun Records

This album is a labor of love, plain and simple, that will appeal to fans of the artist and the material.

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