College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 64 and 63

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64. Jane Jensen, Comic Book Whore

I haven’t double-checked up and down the entire list, but I’m somewhat confident that Jane Jensen is the only performer on the chart who played a title role in a Troma Films release. In Tromeo and Juliet, Jensen played the character who breaks through a yonder window like the light of the sun. Her solo debut, Comic Book Whore, (she’d previously been a member of the little-noticed Oxygiene 23) played around with electronic elements and fairly straightforward guitar pop, occasionally making up for the thinness of Jensen’s vocals by having her recite more than sing. A year after Garbage’s self-titled debut was a good time to release an album that sounded like this, and it made reasonably headway on the college charts. Jensen released a few more albums in the following years and also continued to act, showing up, for example, on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, welcoming the undercover detectives to “The Swing Set.”

63. Peachfuzz, Peachfuzz

I’m not entirely sure of the history of the band Peachfuzz, at least the one that landed its self-titled album at a fairly respectable position on the 1996 year-end chart at 90FM. There’s a band called Peachfuzz that released an album entitled About a Bird in 2003. That band hailed from Los Angeles and specialized in power pop with maybe a hint of garage rock to them. The description bears some sonic similarity to the Peachfuzz of 1996, but the music on the earlier record has more of a punk edge. It’s almost certainly not the same Peachfuzz that has put out three releases on Bombed Out Records since 2008. It simply seems to be one of those bands that came out of nowhere, captured the fleeting attention of at least a few DJs and then faded away. There were plenty of those in my day too. Honestly, those are some of my favorite bands from my day, so I’m sure there’s some member of the class of 1997 or 1998 who occasionally thinks back on “that Peachfuzz album” with great affection.

An Introduction
–90 and 89: Antichrist Superstar and Three Snakes and One Charm
–88 and 87: No Code and Unplugged
–86 and 85: Greatest Hits Live and Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts
–84 and 83: To the Faithful Departed and God’s Good Urges
–82 and 81: Billy Breathes and Sweet F.A.
–80 and 79: The Process and Test for Echo
–78 and 77: Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds and Breathe
–76 and 75: Bob Mould and Walking Wounded
–74 and 73: It’s Martini Time and Trainspotting soundtrack
–72 and 71: Aloha Via Satellite and Fever In Fever Out
–70 and 69: Hi My Name is Jonny and One Mississippi
–68 and 67: Everything Sucks and The Aeroplane Flies High
–66 and 65: First Band on the Moon and Razorblade Suitcase

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