Marya: A Life in Music
1995 – Pulp – Different Class
So Pulp was another of those BritPop bands that a boyfriend in college introduced me to. I love this album. It is too perfect. And Jarvis Cocker, oh my what a showman. He can wear the heck out of a suit. I must also confess that I have a soft spot for William Shatner’s 2004 cover of the song Common People. It is deliciously campy.
1996 – The Wallflowers – Bringing Down The Horse
Finally, we get to an album I actually listened to when it was new! Ah, The Wallflowers — fronted by Bob Dylan’s extremely attractive son Jakob. Sadly, they only really had two big hits, One Headlight off of this album and a cover of David Bowie’s Heroes, which can be found on the 1998 Godzilla soundtrack (which, I must say, is a real gem of a 90s alt-rock compilation).
1997 – Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
This was the first album I ever owned on CD. I loved this album. LOVED IT. No one I knew listened to this kind of music. But I didn’t care. I still love this album. Always will.
1998 – Semisonic – Feeling Strangely Fine
This album has got to be one of the most underrated albums to come out of the 90s Alternative craze, perhaps because it came so towards the end. It is filled with great songs, although the band is only really known for the song Closing Time. Pretty much every high school in the States used that as their graduation theme in 1998.
1999 – Blink-182 – Enema of the State
I will never outgrow this album. The little angsty 13-year-old in me just will not give it up. It is too much fun.