Modern Rock #1 Hits of 1996

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Our journey through the history of Billboard's Modern Rock charts continues, today with the #1 songs of 1996. What else was your local alt-rock station playing back then? (Mine was Live 105 in San Francisco, which was playing obscure songs by Kula Shaker, Dubstar, and Pulp at the time.)

Some notable, nearly-there #2 hits from 1996 include Stone Temple Pilots' "Big Bang Baby," Soundgarden's "Burden in My Hand," Garbage's "Stupid Girl," No Doubt's "Don't Speak," and REM's "E-Bow the Letter" – their last major hit.

Past polls, by me and others:

#1 Modern Rock Hits of 1988/89
#1 Modern Rock Hits of 1990
#1 Modern Rock Hits of 1991
#1 Modern Rock Hits of 1992
#1 Modern Rock Hits of 1993
#1 Modern Rock Hits of 1994
#1 Modern Rock Hits of 1995

Other posters did 1997 and 1998 before my time here, so I'll be continuing with 1999 after the weekend.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Smashing Pumpkins, "1979" 39
Butthole Surfers, "Pepper" 15
Eels, "Novocaine for the Soul" 10
Oasis, "Champagne Supernova" 8
Oasis, "Wonderwall" 7
Primitive Radio Gods, "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth..." 6
Sublime, "What I Got" 4
Pearl Jam, "Who You Are" 3
Alanis Morissette, "Ironic" 3
Bush, "Swallowed" 3
Tracy Bonham, "Mother, Mother" 2
Dishwalla, "Counting Blue Cars" 1
Cranberries, "Salvation" 1
311, "Down" 1


LimbsKing, Friday, 25 May 2012 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love 1979 and most of the rest of these are awful so that one.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tracy Bonham, "Mother, Mother"

UGH UGH UGH

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah my challops vote would be swallowed but it's 1979

call all destroyer, Friday, 25 May 2012 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

worst song here would make a better poll actually

call all destroyer, Friday, 25 May 2012 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

should i bust out my No Code stan status here

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's pretty sad that "Where It's At" didn't hit #1 but "Pepper," "Standing Outside," "Novacaine For the Soul" and "What I Got" all did.

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love 1979 and most of the rest of these are awful so that one.

― wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, May 25, 2012 10:53 AM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Brony! Broni! Broné! (Phil D.), Friday, 25 May 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

If the Tracy Bonham song had been "The One" rather than "Mother, Mother," though . . .

Brony! Broni! Broné! (Phil D.), Friday, 25 May 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm with you, dude. Pearl Jam for me. The problem with "1979" is Billy Corgan singing it.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Wonderwall"

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 25 May 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

i got nothin here at all

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

these polls are just making me realize how intolerable "modern rock" from the past is to me today

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I liked lots of stuff on 94 and 95 but this is where it really drops off the cliff for me. "What I Got" wins for me, and it's not even a song I'd listen to on purpose, just something I'd cheerfully bob my head to if it came on the radio.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

the rock/alt sections of my top 100 singles of '96:

Top 100 Singles of 1996:

1. Spacehog - "In The Meantime"
3. Cake - "The Distance"
4. Marilyn Manson - "The Beautiful People"
5. Soul Coughing - "Super Bon Bon"
6. Smashing Pumpkins - "Tonight, Tonight"
7. Mariah Carey - "Always Be My Baby"
13. Beck - "Where It's At"
14. Soundgarden - "Burden In My Hand"
15. Oasis - "Don't Look Back In Anger"
16. Rocket From The Crypt - "On A Rope"
21. Counting Crows - "Angels Of The Silences"
22. Stone Temple Pilots - "Big Bang Baby"
23. Dave Matthews Band - "So Much To Say"
24. Metallica - "Hero Of The Day"
28. Social Distortion - "I Was Wrong"
29. Bjork - "Hyperballad"
31. Dishwalla - "Counting Blue Cars"
32. Pearl Jam - "Who You Are"
33. Geggy Tah - "Whoever You Are"
35. Smashing Pumpkins - "Muzzle"
36. The Chemical Brothers - "Setting Sun"
37. Kula Shaker - "Tattva"
38. No Doubt - "Sunday Morning"
39. The Squirrel Nut Zippers - "Hell"
40. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Aeroplane"
41. Matchbox 20 - "Long Day"
42. Tori Amos - "Caught A Lite Sneeze"
44. Jewel - "Who Will Save Your Soul"
46. Tracy Bonham - "Mother Mother"
47. Goldfinger - "Here In Your Bedroom"
48. Semisonic - "F.N.T."
50. Alanis Morissette - "Head Over Feet"
51. The Cranberries - "Salvation"
52. Stabbing Westward - "Shame"
53. Weezer - "El Scorcho"
54. Rage Against The Machine - "Down Rodeo"
55. The Verve Pipe - "Photograph"
56. MxPx - "Chick Magnet"
57. R.E.M. - "Bittersweet Me"
58. Soul Coughing - "Soundtrack To Mary"
59. Semisonic - "If I Run"
61. No Doubt - "Spiderwebs"
63. Sponge - "Wax Ecstatic (To Sell Angelina)"
66. Chavez - "Unreal Is Here"
67. Smashing Pumpkins - "1979"
69. Pearl Jam - "Leaving Here"
71. Kula Shaker - "Hey Dude"
78. Primitive Radio Gods - "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth"
80. Everclear - "Heartspark Dollarsign"
81. The Wallflowers - "6th Avenue Heartache"
82. Lush - "Ladykillers"
83. Sebadoh - "Willing To Wait"
84. Hootie & The Blowfish - "Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)"
85. Van Halen - "Me Wise Magic"
89. Rage Against The Machine - "Bulls On Parade"
91. Blues Traveler - "But Anyway"
92. The Refreshments - "Banditos"
93. Superdrag - "Destination Ursa Major"
98. Local H - "Bound For The Floor"
99. Sublime - "What I Got"
100. Smashing Pumpkins - "Zero"

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

There was real good modern rock in '96 though! It just wasn't hitting #1.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well from that list Lush - "Ladykillers".

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

The '96 song I play most often these days is "Un-break My Heart."

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know I've been hating on Alannis a lot but "Head Over Feet" is the only song that I ever sort of maybe liked. It's kind of sweet.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

these threads making me wish i had my headphones at work

ciderpress, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alanis Morissette, "Ironic"
Oasis, "Champagne Supernova"
Cranberries, "Salvation"
Tracy Bonham, "Mother, Mother"
Dishwalla, "Counting Blue Cars"

all-time worst sequence

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I can't remember the Dishwalla song because I just keep thinking about that song that went "Tell me all your thoughts on God, cause I'd really like to meet her". Was that them? If not it must have been around the same time.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

That indeed is the song you're thinking of.

It's a weird love/hate year for me, where I realize the difference between what I love ("Wonderwall," "1979," "Salvation," "Pepper," "What I Got," "Swallowed") and what I have no desire to ever hear again ("Champagne Supernova," "Counting Blue Cars," "Down") is pretty small and maybe can just be chalked up to adolescence.

I really do love how many of these songs are some guy rasping over a loop.

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

wait you love "Salvation"?

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh hell yeah.

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

seriously, anybody who has beef with the fast, hard two minute cranberries song with trumpets apparently hasn't heard 85% of cranberries songs.

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's basically a rocket from the crypt song

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

was that a trumpet or Dolores O'Riordan

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have never heard this Dishwalla song before in my life

that is a weird thing to bring up over lean cuisine (DJP), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Primitive Radio Gods for me. Never liked 1979, and No Code has some way better tracks.

Everything else listed is gross.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh never mind yes I have

that is a weird thing to bring up over lean cuisine (DJP), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have never heard this Dishwalla song before in my life

i have a hard time believing this, and expect you're in for an OH THAT SONG unless this was written while listening to it

lol xpost

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is when KJEE in Santa Barbara started sucking

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Swallowed" would probably be my second place.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

seriously, anybody who has beef with the fast, hard two minute cranberries song with trumpets apparently hasn't heard 85% of cranberries songs.

― da croupier, Friday, May 25, 2012 11:10 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it's basically a rocket from the crypt song

― da croupier, Friday, May 25, 2012 11:10 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark

haha otm

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah but RFTC was way better.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

seriously though; Oasis? really, everyone?

at least we are spared "Don't Look Back In Anger" on this poll

that is a weird thing to bring up over lean cuisine (DJP), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

'Novocaine For The Soul'.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Don't Look Back in Anger" as a title sums up this period of college radio well.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

i wonder if it's true that "champagne supernova" was arranged to simulate someone having an orgasm in the listener while they lie there bored

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's like spanish fly in your chardonnay

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Wonderwall" is basically to this poll as "You Oughta Know" is to the '95 one, it's fine to hate it or be sick of it but there's not really any way to look at this lineup that it's not in the upper half

some dude, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was weirdly really, really into that Tracy Bonham song when it first came out. For some reason that I couldn't possibly explain now.

Actually, my vote will probably wind up going one of several embarrassingly enjoyable songs by bands that I generally dislike. "Salvation" is maybe the only Cranberries song I like after their first couple of singles (although, admittedly, that's probably because Dolores' thoughtful and persuasive perspective on doing lines probably kept me off of skid row). And I really like the sound of "Swallowed", which is probably largely thanks to Albini.

I don't know. There was a lot of much better alt stuff in '96 (obvs) and I really didn't have much time for the radio at that point.

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

i actually missed that pearl jam song upon first scan, it is really good but prob not enough to sway me

call all destroyer, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Wonderwall" is basically to this poll as "You Oughta Know" is to the '95 one, it's fine to hate it or be sick of it but there's not really any way to look at this lineup that it's not in the upper half

OTM

I was weirdly really, really into that Tracy Bonham song when it first came out. For some reason that I couldn't possibly explain now.

OTM

that is a weird thing to bring up over lean cuisine (DJP), Friday, 25 May 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

though i think "swallowed" and "salvation" are late high-points for the assclowns who made them, I have to vote for "Pepper"

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hey, better than the last list. Three new favourites: "Pepper," "1979," and "Standing Inside a Riddle Wrapped Around an Enigma Cascading Down the Mountain of History." I'm a little tired, so "Pepper."

clemenza, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

The '96 song I play most often these days is "Un-break My Heart."

― go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, May 25, 2012 11:03 AM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

feel like we've had enough time to get over '96 to the point where this should be true for everybody

call all destroyer, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Butthole Surfers hit Top 40 Airplay. This is 1996 and I must celebrate it.

da croupier, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol "Champagne Supernova" is not going to siphon many votes from "Wonderwall"

― some dude, Friday, May 25, 2012 1:50 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I thought this too, but here we are

Godzilla vs. Rodan Rodannadanna (The Yellow Kid), Monday, 28 May 2012 04:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 28 May 2012 04:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love "pepper"

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 28 May 2012 04:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

When I saw the Buttholez live recently they did it at like twice the speed and just devolved it into noise by the chorus. They def look back with equal disdain and hilarity

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 28 May 2012 04:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I found this out much later, but it was Gabby Hayes singing on "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" from Ministry circa 1991/92.

LimbsKing, Monday, 28 May 2012 14:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

This guy? That's news to me!

EZ Snappin, Monday, 28 May 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gibby Haynes must be angry someone is going around stealing work from him.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 May 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Especially a dude who died in 1969.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 28 May 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was curious as to how "Pepper" was received at the time in my old fanzine, so I went back and checked. People like me who were comparatively older (i.e., 30s and beyond) uniformly loved it, giving it 8.0 or higher; people who were in their 20s almost uniformly hated it, except Gavin Edwards. The very youngest person, though, who I think was maybe 17 or 18 at the time, she loved it too. People tended to write very long comments. Most notable exception was Jeff Pike, who wrote "Sell out!" and gave it an 8.0.

clemenza, Monday, 28 May 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

HA - Freudian slip... or slip of some kind.

LimbsKing, Monday, 28 May 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

I liked it enough to buy the album at 18 or 19 or whateverthehell. Same could not be said for "Who Was In My Room Last Night?" (those two songs marking the extent of my BS exposure at the time).

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 28 May 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Most notable exception was Jeff Pike, who wrote "Sell out!" and gave it an 8.0.

lol, awesome.

Same could not be said for "Who Was In My Room Last Night?"

This track was so far superior to "Pepper" I was really bummed out that it didn't cross over in the same way.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 28 May 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I always thought the Surfersk second biggest hit was "Hurdy Gurdy Man"

thillrer (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 28 May 2012 16:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Surfer SK was a really weird comeback album IMO although I know a lot of people stan for it.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 28 May 2012 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the compressed distorto-tremolo guitar sound in Pepper, and also the cheesy Bollywood synth strings.

Carnage of PJ Soles (Pillbox), Monday, 28 May 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

while i always loved the butthole surfers' faster and more rocking songs ("butthole surfer", "human cannonball", "fast") and often at least half wished they'd do a few more of them, i wound up somewhat disappointed with independent worm saloon, their big hard rock move. "strawberry" is all time; love "who was in my room", "dust devil" and "edgar"; like at least a few more - but the constant, industrial-strength pound & grind gets kind of boring over the long haul. the first BHS album that really felt bloated, and unsurprisingly their first that was clearly sequenced for the CD era. nice to see them finally knuckle down and kick some ass, texas style, but i miss the textural variety and experimental weirdness of the early albums.

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spextor vs bextor (contenderizer), Monday, 28 May 2012 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

re: johnny's praise of "who was in my room"

spextor vs bextor (contenderizer), Monday, 28 May 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I always thought the Surfersk second biggest hit was "Hurdy Gurdy Man"

i don't think "hurdy gurdy man" charted in either the US or the UK, though i'm not certain. it did get some MTV play. "who was in my room" was at least a minor modern rock hit in the US.

spextor vs bextor (contenderizer), Monday, 28 May 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I loved 'Worm Saloon'-era Buttholes-as-metal-band. I bet if they kept that up, they would have never had a "Pepper" but might be still making records for The End or Hydra Head or somethin

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 28 May 2012 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I recall "Pepper" as being critically revered.. 95/96/97 had a lot of "finally" moments for long-term 120 Minutes bands finally scoring 1 hit. I don't think the song is worth being ashamed of. It still sounds like they wrote it under hallucinogens, and besides the radio-ubiquity it doesn't really feel like an obvious attempt to sell out or anything.. It fits into their late-period discography nicely.

billstevejim, Monday, 28 May 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

At least it didn't have acoustic guitar, which is included on most of my least-favorite Butt tracks.

billstevejim, Monday, 28 May 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

John E Smoke?!?!?

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 28 May 2012 17:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

At least it didn't have acoustic guitar, which is included on most of my least-favorite Butt tracks.

― billstevejim, Monday, May 28, 2012 1:49 PM Bookmark

I don't know the song but there is something beautifully Geir-ish about this, in a world where Geir was a big-time Butthole Surfers fan.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember when somebody asked Marcus about one of the those Sex Pistols reunion tours (the first one, I think), he laughed and said he didn't begrudge them anything; they did so much to make the world a more interesting place, they were entitled to do whatever they wanted to do.

On a much smaller scale, that's part of what I feel about "Pepper." In the early '80s, the Butthole Surfers were about as far away as one could get from the place where people made hit records and made a lot of money. For a brief period in the mid-'90s, a window had improbably opened whereby they could get some commercial airplay and make a little money. So they wrote a (to me) really catchy song that sounded like Beck; the lyrics were more or less as weird as what they'd always written, albeit less profane (who cares). Good for them.

clemenza, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol "Champagne Supernova" is not going to siphon many votes from "Wonderwall"

― some dude, Friday, May 25, 2012 1:50 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I thought this too, but here we are

― Godzilla vs. Rodan Rodannadanna (The Yellow Kid), Monday, May 28, 2012 12:27 AM (13 hours ago) Bookmark

holy fucking shit, what is WRONG with you people

some dude, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Champagne Supernova" is a fine song! Maybe a bit long but it's got some good lines, well-delivered, and a good overall wash of sound. Beats the pants off anything on Be Here Now although I know that's sort of faint praise. I'd basically rather hear it than "Wonderwall" most of the time.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah comparing to Be Here Now is totally stacking the deck, let's just say it's the worst of those 10 singles from the first two Oasis albums

some dude, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

It sports one of the grossest guitar solos in the history of gross guitar solos.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 28 May 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

No way, it is definitely better than "Roll With It!"

Doctor Casino, Monday, 28 May 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

This "oh no! they dumbed down/sold out/whatever!" talk is hilarious to me as someone who's never heard a Buttholes song other than "Pepper" and thinks it's great.

The Reverend, Monday, 28 May 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't even think they necessarily dumbed down or sold out, it's just horrible and tiresome to me

some dude, Monday, 28 May 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

As popular as it was with Oasis fans in 1996, and even though it had a music video made for it, 'Champagne Supernova' wasn't a single here in the UK. The video recieved a lot of airplay, but there wasn't a single release. I remember one or two people getting confused, because they'd see the video to 'Champagne Supernova' on the music channels and thought it was coming out as a single. See also: 'Morning Glory', which also had a video made for it which also received a lot of airplay in the UK, but only came out as a single in Australia(!)

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 28 May 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

dr c with the real talk itt weller backing guitar solo 4 lyfe

pet tommy & the barkhaters (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 08:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah it's funny how dramatically different Oasis's singles campaigns were in the US compared to the UK. iirc "Morning Glory" was also the first single off the album in the US, or at least the first one i heard on the radio moderately before "Wonderwall" broke huge.

some dude, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

prob cos 'roll with it' and 'some might say' were never really the obvious singles to lead with, tbh- almost as if mcgee was looking to lead off the weak foot wrt singles

pet tommy & the barkhaters (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 11:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

This "oh no! they dumbed down/sold out/whatever!" talk is hilarious to me as someone who's never heard a Buttholes song other than "Pepper" and thinks it's great.

― The Reverend, Monday, May 28, 2012 3:11 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is what they used to sound like

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 12:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

stay on board at least for the wet fat at 1:02

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

*fart

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is what the Eels' dude's gated snare adult contemporary sounded like before "Novacaine For The Soul Patch":

some dude, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had no idea that people listened to the Butthole Surfers for the lyrics.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's actually the only thing I've ever heard by him. It was probably my least favorite song on a taped episode of 120 minutes I had in 9th grade. Some day I'll have to get around to listening to Eels.

xp

how's life, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's a shame they don't have the actual video. It had a guy jumping, trying to reach a balloon or something.

how's life, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had no idea that people listened to the Butthole Surfers for the lyrics.

"By this time I guess you've figured out about Florida
Drink the muddy water in the Vaseline stain
They be makin' tadpoles the size of Americans down in Florida
That be tellin' Julio Iglesias what to sing, now"

I learned much wisdom from them.

clemenza, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Y Kant E Read

rock the swagon and g.o.a.t. it (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 29 May 2012 13:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

LIFE IS WHITE
AND I AM BLACK
JESUS AND HIS LAWYER
ARE COMING BACK

seriously, ten of you like this garbage

contender's game (some dude), Sunday, 5 August 2012 23:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Dude, that song is cool. Yeah, some ropey lyrics, but I remind you that this is a poll about modern rock hits in 1996 - - - I think you could get fined back then if your song didn't have a labored, cynical Jesus reference and/or bold statement of personal bleak hollowness.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 5 August 2012 23:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

true but ugh man

contender's game (some dude), Sunday, 5 August 2012 23:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

His next album was way better and the only thing of his I bother keeping around anymore.

to welcome jer.fairall, pie is served. (jer.fairall), Monday, 6 August 2012 00:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah, 2nd Eels album is def their saving grace (although not totally devoid of the qualities i hate about their hit)

contender's game (some dude), Monday, 6 August 2012 00:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is it embarrassing to admit I like that song?

Although "Last Stop: This Town" is awesome, too... and probably one of the weirder songs to get Modern Rock airplay. Talking carrot video also strange.

LimbsKing, Monday, 6 August 2012 01:49 (1 year ago) Permalink


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