College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 8 and 7

8. Counting Crows, Recovering the Satellites

I can’t. I’m sorry, I just can’t.

7. Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire

Back in the day, I had loads of three-beer-in, barroom arguments with Rage Against the Machine fans, pointing out what I found to be a fundamental hypocrisy in the far-left, almost anarchistic views regarding corporations and capitalism embedded in their songs and their apparently contented willingness to be funded by a record label owned by Sony, about as major of a corporation as there is in the music industry. “They know their message will reach more people this way,” was the well-reasoned, highly rationalized argument I usually got in return. Never mind that there are folks like Ian MacKaye and Ani Difranco who never saw that a necessary compromise, the simpler counter is that when an album like Evil Empire sells over three million copies in the U.S. alone, a lot of the resulting funds go to prop up exactly the sort of machine they’re supposedly raging against. Being steeped in hypocrisy myself, I will absolutely concede that I may be more charitable to the band if I actually liked their music, but I find it to be bludgeoning and overly didactic, qualities that only increased my impression of shammy uselessness. Evil Empire, the sophomore full-length from the band, did very well for them, topping the Billboard album chart, yielding a couple hit singles and even nabbing them a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, for the song “Tire Me.” There were two more albums before the band called it quits, although the inevitable reunion gigs started a few years later, after their subsequent projects didn’t exactly take off.

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
–18 and 17: Remember and A Worm’s Life
–16 and 15: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits
–14 and 13: Down By the Old Mainstream and The Gray Race
–12 and 11: Star Maps and Car Button Cloth
–10 and 9: Black Love and Highball with the Devil

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