Can is the sort of band that intolerable rock dorks will never shut up about, but frustratingly, they're also right about them. Tago Mago is a double-album, stuffed full of hypnotic rhythms, oddball sounds, plenty of shout-singing, and stretched out compositions. This is one of the founding documents of Krautrock, but that's not really an argument for the album as Krautrock itself was mostly an influence on other things. So don't focus on that, focus on the fact that the album is still a great listen. Sometimes even rock docks are worth listening to.
Ed Hall, "White House Girls"
If you're a noise rock band from Texas, you're going to get compared to the Butthole Surfers. And most bands will suffer from that comparison, but this record (Motherscratcher) certainly has plenty of reason to exist even if it's not the Surfers.
Screeching Weasel, "(She Got) Electroshocked"
You know, I've pointed to a decline for Screeching Weasel after Anthem For A New Tomorrow, but I sometimes wonder if it was just listener fatigue for me. Had I just gotten my fill and was ready to move on?
Eels, "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)"
Even when making a vapid bubblegum pop song, Eels were dialed in enough on Blinking Lights and Other Revelations to make it a fun tune.
King Crimson, "Matte Kudasai"
Oh geez, rock dock bait again!