Mainstream crossover from 1992 with bonus disc of B-sides and demos

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Sonic Youth – Dirty

Released within a year of Nevermind (and likewise produced by Butch Vig), Dirty made Sonic Youth accessible to a new generation of unsuspecting Nirvana brats, thus becoming their most successful album to date. It’s still a flawless introduction for any novice, crammed with contagious grunge-pop (“Sugar Kane”, “100%”) and deafening plectrum-grinding chaos (“Theresa’s Sound World”). Already a must, now doubly so with extras like “Hendrix Necro” and Kim Gordon’s jaw-droppingly sexy assault on Alice Cooper’s “Is It My Body?”