College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 18 and 17

18. Rusted Root, Remember

Surely I’m not the only one who assumed that Rusted Root didn’t exist much past their fine breakthrough single, “Send Me On My Way,” right? Of course, there’s also no real reason I should have jumped to that particular conclusion given that one of the clearest truisms of modern music is that bands build around a mild, highly unthreatening penchant for genial jamming can last forever and ever if they want to. A new album every few years to keep the merch table stocked and a commitment to the festival circuit is all it really takes. Sure enough, they’re still out there. Remember was the group’s third album, and it seems to sound exactly the way anyone might expect it to sound. Though I would have been completely oblivious to its existence if not for this chart, it’s actually the band’s highly charting album, reaching #38 on the Billboard chart, a full thirteen places higher than its overall better-selling predecessor, When I Woke. Remember even managed to snag a gold certification. Craziness, I tell you.

17. Crash Test Dummies, A Worm’s Life

This is another album that similarly resides entirely outside my personal sphere of reference, although it’s entirely possible that I once knew of it and blocked it out. After all, Canada’s Crash Test Dummies were following up a pretty big album, 1993’s Jerry Harrison-produced God Shuffled His Feet, notable for inflicting upon radio listeners one of the most annoying hits of all time. A Worm’s Life found the band taking their newfound commercial clout to insist on handling the production themselves. By most measures, the results were at best mixed, and their descent into insignificance was underway. Still, they’ve managed to endure, releasing new music as recently as 2010. They’ve even released a Christmas album, which I assume is for the truly masochistic.

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
–42 and 41: Good Weird Feeling and Mint 400
–40 and 39: Happy Nowhere and Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly)
–38 and 37: Turn the Radio Off and Electriclarryland
–36 and 35: Naughty Little Doggie and In Blue Cave
–34 and 33: Eventually and Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
–32 and 31: Beautiful Girls soundtrack and Strat’s Got Your Tongue
–30 and 29: Upstroke for the Downfolk and Set the Twilight Reeling
–28 and 27: Born on a Pirate Ship and The Golden Age
–26 and 25: Ænima and Dead Man Walking soundtrack
–24 and 23: Victor and Songs for Pele
–22 and 21: Down on the Upside and Music for Our Mother Ocean
–20 and 19: Supercop soundtrack and Dust

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