Label: Domino

When the post-punk revival was in full swing, the boys from Scotland were the face of the movement. Their benchmark single "Take Me Out" hit it big in the UK and it wasn't long before MTV and mainstream press had made them darlings Stateside. The whirlwind was deserved though, as their debut is truly a tour de force that doesn't let up for 11 tracks. Tracks like "The Dark of the Matinée" and "Michael" throw everything from infidelity to homosexuality in your face with no apologies and enough gritty, melodic cool that you'd never ask for one.