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- 1Considered their greatest work (and rightfully so) Pinkerton practically invented the Emo Genre. I could go on and on about why every track is amazing, or how Butterfly is the most bittersweet song ever written. Or Why the Good Life is still one of the catchiest songs ever written but I'll simply leave you with the lyrics to the bridge in El Scorcho which basically explains what the album is about and what started a Genre that won't go away.
"How stupid is it, Can't talk about it, I gotta sing about it make a record of (my heart)
How stupid is it, won't you give me a minute, just come up to me and say hello
How stupid is it, for all to know that you want me too
But baby I just don't know what to do
Or Maybe I'm scared to say, I'm falling for you"
- 2This is what music is all about. Beyond it's incredible influence on pop punk, 10 years after it's release Get Up Kid's Something to write home About is STILL the best album every written about a break up. Whether they're saying good-bye and meaning goodnight (Holiday), or begging for a chance to start over (Out of Reach) or sarcastically apologizing (My Apology) The album covers a relationships crumbling, but it still ends hopeful. Even after all these you can't for get that Matt Pryor will always be there to catch you (I'll Catch You)
Your Favorite WeaponBrand New is probably more famous now for their original musical feud with Taking Back Sunday, but on their debut album Your Favorite Weapon they blended High School Nostalgia with depressed/angry love songs and created some of the most important songs in Pop Punk history. The Bridge to "Seventy times Seven" might be the ONLY song lyrics used in more away messages than the lyrics to "You're So Last Summer".
The Moon Is DownBefore he was Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carriaba sang for Further Seems Forever on their debut album. What it gave us was 10 tracks of the most perfectly epic sounding music ever sold to the pop punk/emo audiences. Almost 8 years after it's release bands still cover songs like "Snowbirds and Townies". To really understand what the hype is all about I recommend listening to "New Years Project" and "Just Until Sundown" and get what everyone has been raving about.
- 5There is no way that anyone can deny the influence this CD has had on music over the last 5 years. Now this is probably a debatable choice since this is the list of CDs to influence modern pop punk and well… Fall Out Boy is the defination of modern pop punk. This album however is the one that inspired thousands of other bands. Before FOB were on the radio telling us to dance, dance and covering Michael Jackson they were righting some of the most painful sounding heartbroken lyrics. IF you don’t believe me download "Take that Mick he just made my list of things to do" that contains lines like ‘As you wrap your car around that tree; your makeup looks so great next to his teeth’.
Life in GeneralMxPx looked at their blueprints from their last album "Teenage Politics" and kicked it up a notch to a whole new level. Life in General IS the handbook for High School. More so than any other album in punk music. Songs like "The Wonder Years" and "doin’ Time" were quick and simple songs outlining the life of a teenager while "Chick Magnet" and "Move to Berminton" are simple and beautiful love songs and then finally you have tracks like "Southbound" and "New York to Nowhere" about touring.
- 7Reel Big Fish never was a band that was "on-top-of -the-world" but Turn the Radio Off certainly put them them in public view with the undeniably catchy "Sellout". Turn the Radio Off show cases the band doing what they'd continue doing for years. Writing catchy songs that sounded really happy but lyrically were full of Angst, Depression and Anger. Think about how many bands have repeated this system
End Is ForeverA lot of people believe that the Ataris' best album is "Blue Skies, Broken Hearts, Next 12 Exits". That tends to be general public opinion, to those people I say give 'End is Forever' another listen. While BSBH has some great songs like (San Damis High School Football Rules the greatest song in pop punk history). End is Forever really took auto-biographical writing to a whole new level with songs like "Summer Wind Will Always be Our Song" and "How I spent my Summer Vacation".
- 9MxPx looked at their blueprints from their last album "Teenage Politics" and kicked it up a notch to a whole new level. Life in General IS the handbook for High School. More so than any other album in punk music. Songs like "The Wonder Years" and "doin’ Time" were quick and simple songs outlining the life of a teenager while "Chick Magnet" and "Move to Berminton" are simple and beautiful love songs and then finally you have tracks like "Southbound" and "New York to Nowhere" about touring.
Got Beat UpAccording to their Last FM page "Pop Punk wouldn’t be where it is today if not for the contributions of Weston". Many people disagree with this statement but I am not one. Their brilliantly multiple vocal layers and harmonies were completely unheard of before Got Beat Up. All 3 vocalists do fantastic jobs on their solo tracks but Jimmy is the star of this show. From the short silly song "New Shirt" to the poppy love song "Clumbsy Shy" this album more than any pop punk CD is about high school that sounds like it was written by high schoolers. A must listen for music fans of all genres but specifically Weezer fans