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Indie Rock for Beginners: Roots of Indie Rock

Check out some wonderful music you won't often hear on the radio.

That's Where the Music Comes From!

More great listening from some of the people who laid the groundwork for contemporary indie rock.


Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum: Closer to the Stars: Best of the Twin/Tone Years (Rykodisc, 2006)

The Replacements

The Replacements:
Let It Be (Twin/Tone, 1984)

The Suburbs

The Suburbs:
Love is the Law
(Polygram, 1984)

Husker Du

Hüsker Dü:
New Day Rising
(SST, 1985)

Bob Mould

Bob Mould:
Workbook (Virgin, 1989)

Run Westy Run
Run Westy Run:
Green Cat Island
(Twin/Tone, 1990)

The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks:
Tomorrow the Green Grass
(American, 1995)

North America

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground:
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Verve, 1967)

Silver Apples
Silver Apples:
Silver Apples/Contact
(Kapp, 1968-69)

Big Star

Big Star:
#1 Record/Radio City (Ardent, 1972/1974)

Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers:
The Modern Lovers (Beserkley, 1976)

Talking Heads

Talking Heads:
Remain in Light
(Sire, 1980)

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth:
Daydream Nation (Enigma, 1988)


Doolittle (4AD, 1989)

Uncle Tupelo
Uncle Tupelo:
No Depression
(Rockville, 1990)


Nick Drake

Nick Drake:
Bryter Layter (Island, 1970)

The Soft Boys

The Soft Boys:
Underwater Moonlight (Armageddon, 1980)

The Jam
The Jam:
Sound Affects
(Polydor, 1980)

The Clean

The Clean:
Anthology (Merge, 2003)

Orange Juice

Orange Juice:
Rip it Up
(Polydor, 1982)

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Jesus and Mary Chain:
(Blanco y Negro, 1985)

Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins:
Blue Bell Knoll
(4AD, 1988)

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine:
Loveless (Creation, 1991)