7. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade (1984)
The ambitious double album Zen Arcade is the first true acknowledgement of Hüsker Dü's determination to make the move from pedestrian hardcore to visionary greatness. The two-disc, 23-track opus follows the travails of a young punk in a state of conflict. Like the Who's rock operas, much of the narrative is incoherent, but the drive and intention are meaningful. Here, we experience a great punk band questioning what other modes of subversion might be out there. By defying the loud-fast orthodoxies of contemporary hardcore in order to tell a lengthy story, Hüsker Dü changed the game entirely. Zen Arcade was issued alongside the similarly visionary Minutemen release Double Nickels On The Dime and was the forerunner to countless impressive works including Titus Andronicus' history-obsessed The Monitor and Fucked Up's recent rock opera David Comes To Life.