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Some people will tell you that pop punk is all about sugar and niceness, pizza and songs about taking girls to prom and hanging with your bros. Yup, there’s plenty of that (and plenty of that stuff rules too) but Green Day’s Insomniac is so, so much more than that. Coming directly off the back of the Berkley trio taking the world by storm with Dookie (back when they were still a trio, before the addition of a fucking backing singer onstage and when there wasn’t nearly as many people onstage as there are in Slipknot), this is an album about disillusionment, the conflict between the person you having to go blow-for-blow against people who have never met you and their perception of you and fuelled by a Lemmy-sized meth habit and a fuck tonne of anger.
Released in 1994 as their first album on a major label, Dookie arrived at the end of the Nirvana-era, and blasted a hole in the moody grunge enveloping the music world. Spikey, pop-y, arrogant as hell, Dookie is full of attitude and tunes. From opener “Burnout”, the album rarely lets up pace, with manic tempos, loud guitars, funky bass and pissed-off lyrics lacing every track.
Lyrically, you can figure out the themes based on the album cover alone. There is a constant attack on the government, especially evident on tracks such as ‘The Press Corpse’. This particular track stands out because simply the best out the thirteen songs here. Right off the bat, walloping drums and guitars repeatedly hit for a second, then the rest of the band comes in to rock out. Lines such as, “Hype the nation for a desert storm love affair” and “While over in Iraq thousands are dead because of lies” show clear evidence of arguments against the way former president George Bush authorized his power during the War of Iraq situation. You won’t find anything about breaking up with your girlfriend here!.
Green Day’s second full album was the perfect dry run for the band’s later assault on the mainstream, containing both more variety and more flat-out smashes than previous releases had shown. With Tre Cool now firmly in place as the drummer, the lineup was at last settled, and it turned out Cool and Mike Dirnt were a perfect rhythm section, with the former showing a bit more flash and ability than John Kiftmeyer did. Together the two throw in a variety of guitarless breaks that would later help to define the band’s sound for many — warm and never letting the beat go.
In 1997, three years after the fan favorite Punk in Drublic, NOFX released the often overlooked So Long and Thanks for all The Shoes. It’s one of their most likeable albums, containing 16 songs packed with ska influences and their usual brand of humor.
The album gets off to a nice start with the aggressive opener ‘It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite’. The song takes a stab at “sell outs“ and has lines like “Music ain’t your fucking industry”. Other songs are extremely short but catchy such as ‘Murder The Government’ or ‘Monosyllabic Girl’.
This is probably the most famous Rancid album, next to “Let’s Go” or “Indestructable”. The stand-out song of the album is without a shadow of doubt “Maxwell Murder”, for the outstanding bass solo. “Roots Radicals” is also one of the main songs of the album, with a quite catchy solo on the guitar. “Time Bomb” is most commonly Rancid’s final song when playing live. Another song that stands out on the album would be “Olympia, Wa” with a small guitar riff throughout the song, and a great one at that. “The Wars End” and “Old Friend” are favourites of mine, although “Old Friend” is very similar to “Time Bomb”.
With their 1994 album Punk in Drublic, NOFX truly hit their stride. The quartet didn’t change their approach at all — at their core, they remain a heavy, speed-addled, hook-conscious post-hardcore punk group — but their songwriting has improved, as has their attack. Prior to this record, they merely showed promise, but with Punk in Drublic they fulfilled their potential.
The Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO, is a pseudo-psychological phenomenon that describes the anxiety that one feels when they’re worried about not being present when something big or fun goes down. It’s likely a side effect of the rise of social media and our ability to consistently see and read about every fun thing that we weren’t there to witness. The Fear of Missing Out is also the title of The Bombpops’ newest collection of songs.
The latest band to make the jump from Red Scare to Fat, The Bombpops are armed with sunny hooks and sugary choruses, going all out on their first album for the label, which also happens to be their long-awaited debut full length album. The final result is a short and sweet, tightly crafted Orange County pop punk record.