Today I'm pleased to bring you the latest in a growing list of top 10's, slightly different today though in that due to a communication breakdown and some shoddy arithmatic I was sent a top 12 albums list! Not to worry though as it's a very decent list and I'll just select a song from each lp as a means to highlight the album's greatness.
Roger Andreassen is a member of top Norwegian punk/hardcore band Danger!man. I posted a song by them and gave a little info a while back ( http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/dangerman-never-black-never-white.html ) and you can check out their music (free) here : http://www.dangerman.no/ If you like what you here then maybe consider tracking down the vinyl versions.
Anyway, onto Roger's top 10......
1) LEATHERFACE - Mush
Was an instant classic this one. When it came out we seriously considered to stop playing in bands. It just couldn't be done better. So inspiring songwriting. I even had to buy a second copy of MUSH, as the first one was played to death!
2) CIRCLE JERKS - Group Sex
The Circle Jerks was the first US hardcore band I ever saw live (in '83). They definitely set the standard! I had pretty much given up on punk at the time, but they inspired me to go home and start a band again!
3) SHAM 69 - That's Life
The first SHAM LP I bought, and it stayed on my turntable for a loooong time! All hits. Sounds just as great today as it did back when it came out.
4) TOXIC REASONS - Independance
Always an Oslo- party-favourite this one. Mercenary and Drunk & Disorderly on repeat!
5) FEAR - The Album
Their best album, and sounds like nothing else from that time. Controversial, unconventional and FUN!
6) ZERO BOYS - Vicious Circle
Anthem after anthem on this one. Seriously catchy, with that clean sharp guitarsound that really stands out.
7) LEWD - American Wino
These Americans really made an impact on the norwegian hardcore/punk scene with this album. It inspired so many early bands! So Much Hate covered "Dressed in black", and Turbonegro covered "Mobile home" on records. The record was SERIOUSLY hard to find for ages, and I'm glad to se that the recent re-print has made it available to punks again.
8) FALSE PROPHETS - False Prophets
Was lucky enough to see these guys live a couple of times. Amazing live-band! Their first LP almost manages to capture the bands punkrock/freakshow/circus/- live energy. 7 deadly sins!!!
9) CUTE LEPERS - Can't Stand Modern Music
Hit after hit. Super-catchy band! A modern powerpop classic! Very dancable! Amazing live-band!
10) Naked Raygun - All Rise
Definitely one of my favourites. Met these guys in Chicago in the mid 80s. Mindblowing! Really powerful record. Volume maxed every time!
11) BLACK MARKET BABY - Senseless Offering
Semi-obscure when it came out. Super catchy and underrated Washington D.C. punkband. Was later re-issued under different titles with different combinations of songs. A classic!
12) X - Los Angeles
Their first LP, produced by the DOORS' Ray Manzarek. He even plays keyboard on a few songs on this. All hits!