Oct 122010
Authors: Johnny Hart

NOT LAS VEGAS ­­­­–– So I’m back from Sin City. Back to work. Back to school. Back to the daily grind.

I miss Las Vegas. The withdrawal is awful.

But hey, Fort Collins is much cleaner. I spent like four hours scrubbing the sin and the shame off my body from last weekend. And the computer that sits on my desk won’t take $100 from me in less than an hour.

Anyway, I came to the realization during our very long car ride home that one can listen to a lot of music in 24 hours of driving.

A lot. And no one has enough good new music to fill a full day’s worth of tuneage.

So at some point, and my colleagues can attest to this, I tried to play the most annoying music I could find on my iPod to piss off the other passengers. They weren’t happy.

I mean this is music I like. Don’t get me wrong. And I know people enjoyed most of the annoying tracks at some point or another. But maybe these albums should have been left to rot with my old retainer and my 7th grade Spanish book –– sticky vinyl book cover included.

So here’s my guilty pleasure list of albums that, maybe, should never again see the light of day. Or puberty.

1. Smash Mouth – “Astro Lounge”

Before you knock this, test this out first: Play the song “All Star.” If you’re not singing every lyric, you grew up under a rock.

Labeling Smash Mouth “punk” anything, as Wikipedia does, might be a stretch, but the band certainly did make an impact in the late ‘90s.

Music from this album made its way into several movies, including “Shrek” and “Mystery Men,” and the band made an appearance in “Rat Race.”

Plus, chinstrap beards have never been cooler.

2. Creed – “Human Clay”

I get crap for this all the time.

I. Am. A. Fan. Of. Creed. And I promise you were too. Don’t lie to yourself.

Can you take me higher? Probably not, but you can certainly try Scott Stapp. Stapp is our generation’s Eddie Vedder.

Before them, it was Jim Morrison. Scott Weiland is somewhere in there too.

And if you don’t like The Doors, Pearl Jam or Stone Temple Pilots, then you’re musically illiterate.

3. Limp Bizkit – “Significant Other”

Is it possible to hate a band’s lead singer but still love the band? I mean, other than Van Halen.

Because I really hate Fred Durst. Muchly. And the rhymes aren’t really there either.

But nothing pumps you up like a little Limp Bizkit in the morning.

And the band was smart on this album to surround themselves with real musicians like Jonathan Davis, Les Claypool and Method Man.

4. Blink 182 – “Enema of the State”

When I was 13, I remember thinking I’d never be 23. Nearly a decade later, I’m almost there.

And supposedly nobody likes you when you’re 23. But I do have a few months before that happens, so you never know …

Anyway, I still consider this one of my favorite albums of all time, even though Blink 182 has gone the way of Green Day and started to suck.

And Travis Barker is the man.

5. Goo Goo Dolls – “Dizzy Up the Girl”

This is one for the ladies. Aren’t I so sweet and sensitive for liking the Goo?

True story, I once sang a Goo Goo Dolls song over the phone to this girl I like. Subsequently, she stopped talking to me all together.

I can’t really explain why I like the Goo Goo Dolls. Their music isn’t all that complex.

But they’re darn sure catchy.


Multimedia Editor Johnny Hart wishes his brother Robert a happy birthday today. Woot! To sing along with the “Happy Birthday,” write to verve@collegian.com.

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