Sunday, February 07, 2016

Top 10 Records of 1996

Well it's that time of year again...time to look back at 20 years ago and revisit the music of my early 20's.  1996 was a bit of a transition year for music.  The alternative rock thing was continuing to slow down while punk was starting to lose steam and ska was beginning to gain mainstream exposure.  Many of the year's biggest singles were actually from albums released in 1995 (see "Wonderwall" and "1979") and the best selling album of the year was Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, which was also released in 1995.  So in a lot of ways, 1996 was a year that lacked its own identity.  

Personally 1996 was a year that found me graduating from community college (with a highly useful AA in broadcast journalism), going to a state college and living in the dorms for all of two months, and moving back home to get another wonderfully crappy job in retail.  It was also in 1996 that I began to formulate the ideas for what would become my zine Caught Off Guard.  1996 was also the year that I fully discovered and embraced oi and street punk.  The album that drew me in was the Swingin' Utters' A Juvenile Product of the Working Class.  From there I dove completely into the upcoming street punk "explosion" of the late '90s, a place my heart and musical tastes stayed for quite a long time.

Check out my other posts looking back at the music of the past 20 years: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995.

10.  Eventually by Paul Westerberg
9.  Everything Sucks by Descendents
8.  Pinkerton by Weezer
7.  Core Sample by Sinkhole
6.  Unchained by Johnny Cash
5.  The Green Album by Skankin' Pickle
4.  Maniacal Laughter by The Bouncing Souls
3.  White Light, White Heat, White Trash by Social Distortion
2.  All Scratched Up by Down By Law
1.  A Juvenile Product of the Working Class by Swingin' Utters

Honorable Mentions --
New Adventures in Hi-Fi by R.E.M.
No Future No Hope by Defiance
Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks by Various Artists
Down on the Upside by Soundgarden
Destruction by Definition by The Suicide Machines
Congratulations I'm Sorry by Gin Blossoms
Harmacy by Sebadoh
Bark Like a Dog by Screeching Weasel

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