idk why DEFEATER and THE WONDER YEARS get all misty eyed about the 40 and 50s bc lettuce be cereal, unless you were a middle class, heterosexual white male, that era probably sucked hard for you. Black ppl effectively couldn’t vote or buy houses, it was OK to hit your wife, and girls didn’t shave their pussies (brb barfing).
I can’t rly get nostalgic about The Olden Days, but you know what I get nostalgic as fuck for?? Hanging out at the mall in the late 90s/early 00s, chilling with my bros and listening to all those not-quite-pop-punk-but-almost bands that would be in the trailer for some sweet PG-13 movie starring Jason Biggs. So while the Tumblr kids are busy jizzing over the latest cassette-only release from whatever band is currently jocking 1940s coalminers the hardest, let’s talk about something way cooler: the best of AMERICANPIECORE.
imo FENIX TX are the poster children for AMERICANPIECORE: nobody really gave a shit about them even though the label tried real hard to make them The Next Big Thing, and most people probably just remember them as “lol they used to play their video on the TVs in the back of Wet Seal.” They were akshually pretty sweet doe, especially their second album.
There are few things I loathe more than zany skacore, but for some reason I can still get down with HOME GROWN in 2k13. It makes me think about going to the Everett Mall Zumiez like 4 times a week in hopes of seeing the super kyut girl who I crushed on that worked there part time and I guess that it enough to offset the fact that I am listening to skacore.
SUM 41 were far from the first “random word followed by arbitrary numbers” band but they were probably the best one that isn’t called BLINK-182. Still, watching 3 derpy Canadian teenagers in late 90s clothes post-ironically rap at some uncomfortable azns in the beginning of this video makes me die inside just a little.
Speaking of “random word followed by arbitrary numbers” bands, SR-71 had a couple jams that are cool to put on a Spotify playlist ever now and then so that when your friends are in the car and it comes on they’ll smile and be like ‘lol, dat band’ (see also EVE 6)
“DUDE U WANNA CRASH THE MALL?!” Fuck yeah I do Avril, even though this is one of ur crappy songs that sounds like Shania Twain. Also, note SYWH bro Evan Taubenfeld on guitar– he looks so young!!
IDK nobody gave half a shit about this band, but I wanted to include them here bc I listened to them a lot in like 1999 when I hung out at the mall a lot and I’ll probably never have a reason to mention them again.
This MXPX song ‘rly means a lot to me,’ because anyone from Washington has spent a lot of time driving on I-5 (the main highway that goes through Seattle). Makes me nostalgic about all the zany times I spent with my bros, driving to shows and the mall and stuff and just liek being stoked on coming of age 2gether.
If there was a “zany fat kids who were in drama club” genre (FEDORACORE?) then BOWLING FOR SOUP would definitely be the kings of it. They’re akshually pretty damn good though, if you just try to ignore the fact that they are fat.
And last but certainly not least we have LIT, whose 1999 hit “My Own Worst Enemy” is about how the band’s lives are so zany they’re like American Pie but IRL. Great band but MY GOD THESE BOWLING SHIRTS MAKE IT STOP #GUYFIERICORE