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B-side Yourself

Most bands' B-Side compilations are just for sh*ts and giggles, or to pick through, but occasionally there are a rare few that are as impressive as the band's studio albums. I'm not necessarily talking about Extended Plays or Demos. These are the ones that end up getting stuck to the backsides of singles or played live at a few select shows, and are often forgotten by all but the most dedicated fans. Even if I don't consider myself a fan, I've grown to appreciate these bands by their outtakes.
My Body, The Hand Grenade

"I could really f*ck you up, yeah." The b-sides scraped from Hole's albums are near relics of early grunge, carrying the heavy groove that was key to the start of the genre and other primal acts like Mudhoney. The middle/latter part then exceeds the band's own studio albums at times with three of Hole's forgotten gems (Burn Black, Old Age & Drown Soda).
2Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio

With possibly the most unprecedented compilation collection ever released, Alkaline Trio's self-tiled puts countless other band's studio albums to shame. The lyrics are insanely clever, and songs like Goodbye Forever are what make Alkaline Trio respectable.
3Joy Division

They were essentially New Order at this point, but Substance was a chronicle of Joy Division when Ian Curtis was still alive, complete with moments that were actually upbeat and not completely depressing. Their hit Love Will Tear Us Apart was originally a B-Side as well.
4The Cure
Join The Dots

Disintegration is the album of the 80's for a large mass of The Cure fans, and up there with their classic albums is an unheard of four-disc venture of b-sides. Get this and thank yourself for it.
5Pearl Jam
Lost Dogs

Their ticket prices have risen every year since Ten, their vinyls circulate online for heaps more than Beatles rarities, and they PJ kept on keeping on when their grunge contemporaries vanished (Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Hole) either by hiatus or disbandment. Even with their struggles with remaining fresh, Lost Dogs is a testament of even their "scrap" being as strong as most of their polished efforts.
6Dead Kennedys
Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death

Let's not forget that this is actually an album of b-sides. Whether you bought it on vinyl in 87' or not, the tracks are endlessly memorable, satirical, quotable, drinkable, and among the best that hardcore punk has to offer. It's even a fair starting point for people who haven't heard Dead Kennedys. Most people who haven't can still pick out the surfer melody from Police Truck.

Incesticide was the bootleg that circled among Nirvana's early fans before Kurt Cobain finally approved its formal, higher quality release with his artwork, and die-hard fans should definitely explore it as the ghost album between Nevermind and In Utero so they can complain about Nirvana's brilliance to unbelievers. Worth a listen though, even if a few tracks border on excessive length.
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