Anyone here heard of Husker Du? Watch
Their last 3 albums are by far the most approachable to a newcomer when it comes to songwriting and production, as they began as a hardcore punk band before evolving into melodic alternative rock.
Some of their best songs in my opinion (newer stuff nearer the top, which I'd suggest you listen to first if you're unfamiliar with them) would be:
*She's A Woman (And Now He Is a Man) (1987)
*Ice Cold Ice (1987)
*She Floated Away (1987)
*Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely (1986)
*Keep Hanging On (1985)
*Makes No Sense At All (1985)
*Celebrated Summer (1985)
*Books About UFOs (from what I've read this is allegedly what influenced Dave Grohl to call his band Foo Fighters) (1985)
*Pink Turns To Blue (1984)
*Turn On The News (1984)
*It's Not Funny Anymore (1983)
*In A Free Land (1981)
Their co-lead singer and guitarist Bob Mould later formed the band Sugar in the early 90s, who had a couple of minor hits in the UK. They essentially sounded like the later Husker Du but with better production.