College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 42 and 41

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42. Odds, Good Weird Feeling

The Odds were a Canadian power pop band that were highly successful in their northern homeland, but never quite managed to break through in the States. Wisconsin, of course, is right up there by our northern neighbor, so maybe there was a little intrinsic affection for the group among the 90FM deejays. Good Weird Feeling was the band’s third album, and also their biggest, certified platinum in Canada and yielding a series of modest hit singles, led by “Truth Untold.” The group only lasted long enough for one more release, 1996’s Nest, before calling it quits, at least initially. When the band tried to reunite a few years later, they found they’d lost the rights to their name and beginning releasing music as the New Odds. That was eventually worked out, they went back to banging out new music, issuing an EP of fresh material as recently as this past February.

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41. Ammonia, Mint 400

Mint 400 is the debut full-length release from Australian hard rock outfit Ammonia. It was produced by Kevin Shirley, an American who’d made his name working on albums from the likes of the Black Crowes, but briefly developed something of a specialty repurposing Down Under groups for the grunge-crazed American market, producing Silverchair’s Frogstomp the same year as the Ammonia release. Mint 400 took its name from a detail in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, guaranteeing that deejays had something ostensibly cool to talk about when they played the record. To my ears, the music on the album sounds like practically every other damn thing that was foisted upon commercial alternative at the time. It really was a dull, monolithic sound clogging up the airwaves. Ammonia made one more album, 1998’s Eleventh Avenue, before breaking up, the individual members scattered to other new bands that, best as I can tell, have barely made an impression, even in their home country.

Previously…
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
–64 and 63: Comic Book Whore and Peachfuzz
–62 and 61: All Change and Rude Awakening
–60 and 59: 12 Golden Country Greats and Songs in the Key of X
–58 and 57: Brain Candy soundtrack and Pinkerton
–56 and 55: Sublime and Count the Days
–54 and 53: Wild Mood Swings and The Cult of Ray
–52 and 51: Bringing Down the Horse and Crash
–50 and 49: No Talking, Just Head and New Adventures in Hi-Fi
–48 and 47: Lay It Down and Pogue Mahone
–46 and 45: I’m with Stupid and XTORT
–44 and 43: Tango and …finally

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