Some bands live to tour and record knowing the persistence can keep you away from a day job and keep the dream alive. Most of us look at being in a band as a luxury, but it’s a job, too, and like any job, you need to get along with your coworkers or things aren’t going to work. That’s the reason why so many promising bands break up prematurely, many leaving behind only a few tracks.
Luckily, the bands on this list managed to hold it down long enough to write albums that not only stand up to repeated spins, but also have a certain charm that make them more than just documents of a time and place. Because they stand alone, these albums get special attention. We wear them out because they’re all we have, making every note more urgent and memorable. Here are ten of the best to only do it once.Click to start the list