In 2001, Andy "Falco" Falkous (guitar/vocals), John Chapple (bass), and Matthew Harding (drums) got together with Steve Albini (Big Black/Rapeman/Shellac) and made a little record called "Mclusky Do Dallas." This record was such a great surprise when it came out, and it just kicks you in the face from the get go, with opening tracks "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues" and "No New Wave No Fun." Like the first two records on this list, this is a great record from a great band, but it has been largely ignored by way too many people. Sure, it's noisy and disrespectful to just about anyone with a shred of pop sensibility, but it also totally rocks.
Mclusky, who hailed from Wales, broke up in January 2005. Two of the members, Falkous and drummer Jack Egglestone (who replaced Matthew Harding in 2003), went on to form Future of the Left, which is also a damn good band. Falkous and his bandmates specialized in short, spastic songs with clever lyrics that deftly intertwined the roots of punk rock with the heavier, noisier elements of '90s Amphetamine Reptile Records sound. Brilliant, if I must say so.
4. His Hero Is Gone, Monuments to Thieves
Clocking in at 25 minutes and boasting 15 of the hardest-rocking songs you will ever hear, His Hero Is Gone's Monuments to Thieves is a record that must be played loud. These boys called Memphis home when this came out in 1997, and though only a handful of crusty punks on the west side of Phoenix and maybe one or two in Chandler remember this band, the songs on this record slay. Every time I pull it out and dust it off, it is almost like getting a brand new record.
On most of the tracks, I have no idea what lead singer/guitarist Todd Burdette is talking about, but his voice and the voices of bassist Carl Auge, and guitarist Pat Davis create a great, scaly intertwining snake that weaves its way through the heavy rhythm section, which was anchored by Paul Burdette on drums. Monuments to Thieves, at least for me, is more about the riffs than the message of the vocals anyway. I'm sure the lyrics are probably great, but this record is for rocking out. What a great title, by the way, as we see those monuments every day.