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22 Years Ago: Beastie Boys Kick It Root Down With ‘Ill Communication’

Grand Royal
Grand Royal

With old-school rhyme schemes, lo-fi punk, a little Latin flavor and a lot of their trademark pop culture snark, Beastie Boys unleashed a mid-'90s masterpiece.

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20 Years Ago: Porno For Pyros Release Their Ethereal Second Album ‘Good God’s Urge’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Inspired by the scenic Zuma Beach where Perry Farrell and Porno For Pyros recorded it, their atmospheric second album still sounds ocean-sized.

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25 Years Ago: Smashing Pumpkins Debut With ‘Gish’

Caroline
Caroline

Smashing Pumpkins didn't rocket to stardom with their 1991 debut, but 'Gish' set an elaborate (and psychedelic) stage for Corgan and Co. to explore.

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40 Years Ago: David Bowie Reinvents Compilation Albums With the Landmark ‘Changesonebowie’

RCA
RCA

Although plenty of subsequent Bowie collections are far more comprehensive, none captured a specific moment in Bowie's evolution better than the first.

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20 Years Ago: Sublime Frontman Bradley Nowell Dies From a Heroin Overdose

Steve Eichner, Getty Images
Steve Eichner, Getty Images

In 1996, Sublime became one of the biggest bands on the planet after the release of their self-titled major label debut. But Bradley Nowell was already gone.

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11 Years Ago: Gorillaz Prove They’re for Real With ‘Demon Days’

Parlophone
Parlophone

The second album from Damon Albarn's virtual band secured their spot among the most evocative on the planet – despite the fact that they don't really exist.

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20 Year Ago: The Wallflowers Release Their Breakthrough ‘Bringing Down the Horse’

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Frontman Jakob Dylan could never escape the shadow of his legendary dad, but for a good chunk of the '90s, he became an icon entirely on his own.

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19 Years Ago: Foo Fighters Conquer the Post-Grunge World With ‘The Colour and the Shape’

Capitol
Capitol

Foo Fighters' 1997 sophomore album is their first as an official band, but it also turned Dave Grohl into a household name anywhere FM radio reached.

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20 Years Ago: Soundgarden Release Their (First) Final Album ‘Down on the Upside’

A&M
A&M

Following the rampant success of 1994's 'Superunknown,' Soundgarden released a darker, self-produced album in 1996 and it (temporarily) served as their swan song.

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Six Years Ago: The Black Keys Rediscover the Blues With Their Mainstream Breakthrough ‘Brothers’

Nonesuch
Nonesuch

Two years after their trippy 2008 album with Danger Mouse, the Black Keys went back to basics and released their self-produced, blues-fueled breakthrough.

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