From Talking Heads to The Clash: Carrie Brownstein names the 23 greatest punk albums of all time
Carrie Brownstein, the brilliant musician, actor, writer and comedian, has picked out the 23 punk albums she considers to be the greatest of all time.
Brownstein, who surged to prominence through the punk rock band Excuse 17, remains part of the exclusive number of creatives to be born out of Seattle and triumph sub-genres of alternative music.
After enjoying success with her first band, the guitarist went on to found the quite brilliant rock group Sleater-Kinney who have released nine critically acclaimed studio albums with the most recent arriving in the shape of 2019 effort The Center Won’t Hold.
“Music has always been my constant, my salvation,” Brownstein once commented. “It’s cliché to write that, but it’s true. From dancing around to Michael Jackson and Madonna as a kid to having my mind blown by the first sounds of punk and indie rock, to getting to play my own songs and have people listen, music is what got me through.”
She added: “Over the years, music put a weapon in my hand and words in my mouth, it backed me up and shielded me, it shook me and scared me and showed me the way; music opened me up to living and being and feeling.”
While she has enjoyed huge success as a writer and actor—most notably with the Emmy winning comedy TV series Portlandia—music has always been the area of creativity in which Brownstein naturally leans toward. While forging her own art has been developed through relentless hard work, Brownstein’s success has also been born out of her natural love for music.
Asked to pick out a number of punk records that have inspired her through the years by NY Mag, Brownstein cited some of the all-time greats. With the likes of The Clash, Buzzcocks, Talking Heads and more, see the full list below.
Carrie Brownstein’s 23 favourite punk albums:
Wire – 154
Au Pairs – “You” 7-inch
Delta 5 – “Mind Your Own Business” 7-inch
Undertones – “You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It?)” 7-inch