Saturday, August 25, 2018

Top 10 Records of 1998

Twenty years ago, I was neck deep in the burgeoning street punk scene of the late '90s.  Bands like Swingin' Utters and Those Unknown had set the stage a few years earlier with seminal and classic albums (see The Streets of San Francisco and Those Unknown respectfully) which helped launch renewed interest in the oi and '77 style punk bands of the '70s and '80s.  This style spoke to me with its simplicity and basic rock 'n' roll nature and I immersed myself in this sub-genre for a number of years.  1998 also saw a number of great pop punk records released, a swing revival, the Goo Goo Dolls moving away from the influence of The Replacements, R.E.M. releasing their first album without Bill Berry on drums, and Refused changing the game. 

This list was one of the harder ones for me to put together.  There were records that were obviously going to make the list, but when it came right down to it, there weren't enough releases for a Top 20 and to make it a Top 15 I'd have to include stuff that otherwise make the honorable mentions.  So I cut the list at 10 and called it a day. 

Anymore, I like to create a playlist on Spotify to accompany these posts, but as with my 1997 list, a lot of these records are woefully out of print and thus not on my favorite streaming service.  So instead I've created a playlist on YouTube to highlight this list. 

10.  Life Won't Wait by Rancid
9.  Veni Vidi Vici by The Forgotten
8.  Curse Of A Fallen Soul by Dropkick Murphys
7.  American Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Machine by The Donnas
6.  Five Lessons Learned by Swingin' Utters
5.  Mass Nerder by ALL
4.  Scary Picture Show by Riot Squad
3.  Dead End Stories by One Man Army
2.  Over the James by Avail
1.  Do or Die by Dropkick Murphys

Honorable Mentions --
Hagfish by Hagfish
Don't Look Back by The Truents
Smitten by Buffalo Tom
The Dirty Boogie by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
The Bodies by The Bodies
Celebrity Skin by Hole
Midwestern Songs of the Americas by Dillinger Four
The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused
Dizzy Up The Girl by Goo Goo Dolls
Up by R.E.M.
A Long Way Home by Dwight Yoakam
All Fall Down by Against All Authority
Goddamnit by Alkaline Trio
Munki by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks
Dark Days by The Ducky Boys

1 comment:

Otter Limits said...

My top 3 (no particular order):

Do or Die - Dropkick Murphys
Mass Nerder - ALL
No Substance - Bad Religion