Who needs “Top 3” and “Top 5” lists? No one. That’s who. Keeping that in mind, I have decided to make a “Top 4” list. You know, so you get the best of both worlds. Also, it needed a sweet name, hence FANTASTIC FOUR.
For the first list I decided to write about something that is near and dear to my heart. The music of 1995. This was an important year for me because I was in eighth grade (very impressionable) and the year I started my first band. Also, it was just an amazing year for music (just like every other year in the nineties). Without further ado, here are my favorite albums of 1995.
1. The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Not only was this double-disc epic one of my favorite albums of ‘95, it is in my all-time top ten. It is a perfect mixture of pop, rock, electronica, and eccentricity. This album just hit me at the perfect time. I don’t know what else to say about it. There are 28 songs on this album and I love every single one of them.
Standout Tracks: “Here Is No Why” and “X.Y.U.”
2. The Presidents of the United States of America - Self-Titled
I’m not going to get all sentimental about this one. The Presidents are a fun band that taught me you can play three string guitars, write songs about dead lizards, and still go triple platinum.
Standout Tracks: “Feather Pluckn” and “Naked and Famous”
3. Green Day - Insomniac
While Dookie was the first Green Day album I ever purchased, Insomniac was the best Green Day album I ever purchased. Period. This album rocks from front to back, which makes me a little upset that I’m not terribly interested in their newer material. Oh well. Let’s just think about the good times.
Standout Tracks: “Armatage Shanks” and “Geek Stink Breath”
4. Silverchair - Frogstomp
My wife, friends, and I were making lists of our favorite “Side One:Track One” songs a few weeks ago a la High Fidelity and I somehow forgot all about “Israel’s Son.” This is some kind of crime and I’m sure of it. That sluggish, opening bassline chugs along steadily picking up speed until your are three minutes in and barreling out of control like a screaming, depressed, adolescent train. The rest of the album isn’t bad either.
Standout Tracks: “Israel’s Son” and “Undecided”