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30 Years Ago: The Smiths Collect Singles, B-Sides on ‘The World Won’t Listen’

The Smiths World Won't Listen
Rough Trade

The Smiths (or, more specifically, the band's record label) inspired some frustrations among fans in the way a couple of compilations were released in 1987.

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40 Years Ago: The Saints Become Accidental Punks With ‘(I’m) Stranded’

Saints (I'm) Stranded
EMI

As the Ramones were discovering their sound in the U.S., the Saints were finding a raw aesthetic in Australia. The band put out its debut LP in February 1977.

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25 Years Ago: The Sugarcubes End on a High Note With ‘Stick Around for Joy’

Sugarcubes Stick Around for Joy Album Cover
Elektra

The Sugarcubes released their final album, 'Stick Around for Joy,' on Feb. 18, 1992.

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40 Years Ago: The Damned Release the First U.K. Punk Album, ‘Damned Damned Damned’

Damned Damned Damned
Stiff

The Sex Pistols got the press and the Clash got the credibility. But the Damned got there first with their debut album, 'Damned Damned Damned.'

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10 Years Ago: Chris Cornell Leaves Audioslave

Karl Walter, Getty Images
Karl Walter, Getty Images

The Soundgarden-meets-Rage-Against-the-Machine supergroup broke up when singer Chris Cornell quit.

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40 Years Ago: Sid Vicious Replaces Glen Matlock in the Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols Sid Vicious
Graham Wood, Hulton Archive

As the Sex Pistols' founding bassist Glen Matlock was becoming unhappy with hysteria around the band, Johnny Rotten was encouraging his pal Sid Vicious to join.

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35 Years Ago: XTC Takes a Great Leap Forward with ‘English Settlement’

Virgin
Virgin

'English Settlement' has become one of XTC's most enduring releases—a record with much to explore and messages that feel enduring and resonant today.

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20 Years Ago: Pavement Decides to ‘Brighten the Corners’ of Their Sound

Pavement Brighten the Corners
Matador

Pavement changed its approach for the band's fourth album, released in February 1997, rehearsing before the sessions and working with a pair of producers.

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25 Years Ago: Social Distortion Strikes a Balance ‘Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell’

Social Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
Epic

Mike Ness' country-tinged punk rockers released their fourth studio album in February 1992, to huge expectations in a post-'Nevermind' world.

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25 Years Ago: ‘That What Is Not’ Ends Public Image Ltd.’s First Run

Public Image Ltd. That What is Not
Virgin

In February 1992, John Lydon's Public Image Ltd. released the rock-oriented 'That What Is Not.' It would be the group's last release until 2012.

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