Hepcat, "The Secret"
The first Hepcat record found the band hitting their first-wave ska sounds right out of the gate. They'd keep moving in this direction with later records, growing more assured as they went, and creating lusher arrangements. But all that said, every one of their records is a good one, even if I might go for them in reverse release order. I guess you can compare this to the version from Right On Time to see how they developed.
Laughing Hyenas, "Seven Come Eleven"
I forgot about these guys! Noise punk out of Ann Arbor, these guys have connections to Mule, and put out four records along the way. I've got the middle two of their career, and there's a rough kind of Birthday Party charm to this stuff. There's an endless deep library of this sort of forgotten band out there - deep enough that I can't remember all these bands until I'm reminded of them.
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Ain't no words sweet enough.
The Dismemberment Plan, "Time Bomb"
Discordance Axis started more than 20 years ago, the Dismemberment Plan even longer, and I've been aware of both bands from their beginnings. And to this day, my brain mixes them up, to where I see the Dismemberment Plan come up on shuffle and I brace for grindcore.
Seriously, I'm pretty dumb.