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Silverchair – Frogstomp

9 07 2010

Listened: Tuesday July 6

I remember Frogstomp being HUGE for me in high school when it came out. My good friend Audrey was the only one in our small group of friends with cable TV, and therefore we went to her house and watched MTV a lot. The video for Tomorrow was always on at that time. I’ve probably seen that video more times than any other.

Tomorrow will always have a spot in my heart for that reason. But listening to this album now…. well… it’s not very good. It’s incredibly obvious that it was written and performed by a bunch of reasonably comfortable teenagers aping their heroes and imagining what it’s like to have serious problems. Which describes us at the time pretty well, so it guess it all makes sense.

Daniel Johns sings just like Kurt Cobain and the guitars sound a lot like later Metallica to me – very chugga-chugga. I expect Beavis and Butthead (another staple of the period) to start chugga-chugging along with it.

I didn’t have as violent a reaction to this as to Core, but I will definitely have to chalk this up to “teenage appeal only”.

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23 09 2010
Ash – Free All Angels « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] I hadn’t listened to Ash in ages, but as a young high schooler I remember them being a pretty important band. They play very catchy pop-punk music with simple but poignant lyrics made for teenagers by teenagers. I regret that I didn’t get a chance to see them live back in the day. I think their music has held up pretty well. Unlike, say, Silverchair. […]

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