25. Bob Mould—Hüsker Dü
One of the many strange gems on the SST label roster in the ‘80s, Husker Du was supposedly a punk band, but singer, guitarist Bob Mould stretched them way beyond the borders of Saint Paul. Part of this was his thoughtful, relatable songwriting but just as essential was his guitar playing; it was more jangly and crammed full of hooks than his contemporaries’ work. He also made frequent use of the decidedly un-punk Roland Jazz Chorus amp, the built-in analog chorus effect of which gave his playing an otherworldly yet still abrasive sheen. By the band’s second album—the landmark Zen Arcade—he’d progressed to backward-masking his guitar on “Standing By The Sea” and experimented with feedback and searching solos on tracks like “Reoccurring Dreams."