Pere Ubu, 1978
Pere Ubu was a band I'd heard about (often in hushed tones) years before I would hear their music. Not many bands could survive the accumulated weight of such expectation but Pere Ubu still managed to surprise. It could be, in part, that their bracing style is so hard to put into words. Also, despite being so influential, they're damnably hard to imitate. So they remain a unique right of passage for all who follow.