NoFX, "Dinosaurs Will Die"
By the time they reached 2000's Pump Up The Valuum, it was clear that NoFX were dedicated to never evolving for any reason. Which just makes them writing a song about the impending destruction of the music industry for, uh, not evolving just that much funnier. At any rate, this is where I got off the train with NoFX, I figured I had more than enough music from them.
Refused, "New Noise"
Meanwhile, two years earlier, Refused had thrown down the gauntlet for punk. They named this record The Shape of Punk to Come, implicitly challenging the entire scene to move beyond the three-chord stuff that was all over the place. The name of the record was certainly bold, but they absolutely delivered. Both these records are more than twenty years old, and one of them still sounds awesome.
Belle and Sebastian, "Beautiful"
Kind of feels like I'm recommending the early Belle and Sebastian singles in here all the time. And for good reason, they rule. What else do you want me to say?
The Staple Singers, "Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas"
Just lovely stuff. Good set of songs today!
Front 242, "Don't Crash"
This was a pretty early EP from Front 242, from 1985, before they really reached their peak around Tyranny (For You). Even at this early stage, they still had a lot of the hallmarks of their sound, but the programming wasn't really sophisticated yet, and the menace wasn't quite there.