These are the giant influences to the genre that launched thousands of fan sites and festivals...To make things interesting I purposely left off Green Day and Blink 182
Considered 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"
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This 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) see more on Something to Write Home About
Your Favorite Weapon
Brand 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 Down
Before 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.