Carrie Brownstein’s Top 23

New York Magazine:

The Portlandia co-star, former Sleater-Kinney and now Wild Flag guitarist/vocalist on her favorite punk albums of all time: “I don’t exactly know how to define punk because there are so many iterations of it, not to mention renunciations. Also: ambivalence. Perhaps something is punk merely because that’s how it makes us feel when we hear it: untethered, inspired, brave. In the end, my methodology was to just pick the singles and albums I’ve ­listened to the most—and that have meant the most to me—over the years.”

In no particular order:

• 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 
• Wipers, Is This Real? 
• Talking Heads, Remain in Light 
• Bad Brains, “Pay to Cum” 7-inch 
• Fugazi, 13 Songs 
• Mo-Dettes, “White Mice” 7-inch 
• The Slits, Cut 
• The Jam, All Mod Cons 
• The Stooges, Fun House 
• X-Ray Spex, Germ Free Adolescents 
• The Clash, Sandinista! 
• Rites of Spring, Self Titled 
• Buzzcocks, A Different Kind of Tension 
• Minutemen, Double Nickles on the Dime 
• Hüsker Dü, Zen Arcade 
• The Replacements, Let It Be 
• B-52’s, Wild Planet 
• Television, Marquee Moon
• Gang of Four, Entertainment! 
• Pylon, Gyrate