In accordance with our debut this week, we thought it would be appropriate if we gave LxL’s Top Ten Debuts of all time.
1. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin
Loud, rebellious and unbelievably bluesy; this is what rock n’ roll is supposed to sound like. It’s funny to think that in ’69 when this was released, that the critics ripped it apart. Shows how much they know.
2. The Band- Music from Big Pink
Far too often considered nothing more than Dylan’s backing band, The Band’s debut was in many ways the birth of roots rock and is irresistible for its earnest, organic sound.
At the birth of punk taking place at CBGB’s, Television released one of the most intelligent punk albums to date, with the title track being among the best guitar-bass interplay you will ever hear.
4. Notorious B.I.G.- Ready To Die
5.Arcade Fire- Funeral
Best thing to come out of Canada since the Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. A brave, sprawling adventure through the neighborhood.
6.Beastie Boys- License to Ill
There is about eight hits on this album coming from the most surprising of sources in 1986: three white kids rapping from Brooklyn. Also expertly produced by the one-and-only Rick Rubin.
7. Kanye West- College Dropout
The now polarizing big-headed rap star on College Dropout was just an up-and-coming producer-turned-rapper with an incredible candidness and an unparalleled capacity for hip hop production.
8.Talking Heads- Talking Heads ’77
One of the most unmistakable sounding bands in the world, on Talking Heads ’77, David Byrne and company released an incredible blend of afro-pop, funk,punk, and brains.
9.The Strokes- Is This It?
At the turn of the century, Is This It? served as a shock to the heart of rock n’ roll, waking it from its half-decade of hybernation. The Strokes brought more than their rebellious style, they also brought 11 timeless tunes.
10.The Black Keys- The Big Come Up
On their debut, The Black Keys branded raw minimalist blues that is as cool as the other side of the pillow. Now eight years later, they are just starting to get the love they deserve.
The album left off that crushed our heart-grapes:
Austin: Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures
Like a bad dream you just can’t shake, Ian Curtis’ Joy Division set a deep footprint into rock history.
Todd: Jimi Hendrix Experience- Are You Experienced?
No explanation needed.
Wes: Curtis Mayfield- Curtis
Empowering and uplifting soul music that remains so timeless that traces of it continually sprout up in hip hop samples today.
So there’s the list. Let us know what we unforgivably missed, got right, or just rip on us in general.