Top 20 Greatest OC Albums of All Time: Nos. 10 to 1

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4) Fu Manchu-, The Action Is Go (1997)
This definitely ranks as not only one of the greatest OC albums of all time, but one of the greatest skateboarding albums of all time. Capturing the brutal stoner-rock guitar assault of Bob Balch and Scott Hill, this album was a notable step forward in terms of production value, yet it stayed true to the sound and the fury of one of OC's greatest bands. Aside from the fact that "Evil Eye" made it on the soundtrack of the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, this album defines the essence of skate punk culture behind the Orange Curtain. (Nate Jackson)
3) The Adolescents, The Blue Album (1981)
Released in 1981, the Fullerton outfit made their mark on the booming SoCal hardcore punk scene, and this album, a breakthrough in many ways, was well-received by their punk contemporaries but garnered little attention outside of the scene. In the years since, the lineup has shifted time and again, but tracks such as "Amoeba" in its teenage angst are timeless, and we can thank Rodney On the ROQ for putting it on the radio once upon a time. (Ian Joulain)

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Mommys Little Monster is the better Social Distortion album; The Creeps, MLM, Anti Fashion, Moral Threat, Another State of Mind, all Orange County themed songs. 

Vandals Peace Through Vandalism; All songs about OC, Wanna Be Manor, Urban Struggle, The Legend of Pat Brown, and of course Pirates Life (Seven hits of L and nobody can tell so I spent every dime just to get to Anaheim).

I would also include TSOL Weathered Statues and though not technically an album The Middle Class Out of Vouge.


I'd put Offspring's Smash a little higher and I would include War's Why Can't We Be Friends in the top 20. Other than that, a solid top 20

Bobby D. Lux
Bobby D. Lux

Snoop Dogg? Seriously? You can at least make an argument about Sublime because of the punk/ska scene in OC, but Snoop? Nonsense. Or, maybe he was influenced by the emerging OC Gangsta Rap scene in the early 90s?

Tony Guillory
Tony Guillory

This is pathetic. By listing No Doubt as the best album to ever come out of this pathetic little suburb of Los Angeles, you have disgraced and insulted many talented musicians. Your opinion of "best" is so utterly flawed, you truly harm the reputation of the OC Weekly as a source of quality "alternative" arts.

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