I wonder why the Big Boys never got any respect? In the middle of the whole mid 80s Husker Du/Replacements/Minutemen/Meat Puppets punksplosion that I loved so much, they were as good as any of that crowd. Great hardcore punk, a lot of soul, style mixing, and tremendous heart. I just got both of their comp cds (The Skinny Elvis and The Fat Elvis) which makes me very happy.
I always thought one of the greatest things about punk rock was that "no genre, no style, no boundary" thing where you could smash the barriers down and do what you wanted. They did that really beautifully.
Any other candidates for "how the fuck did we miss that?" artists?