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‘90s Modern Rock Chart-Toppers in Need of Critical Re-evaluation

on April 28, 2014, 1:00pm
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Fastball

fastball e1398402703590 ‘90s Modern Rock Chart Toppers in Need of Critical Re evaluation

Rock history is packed with power-pop bands that never got their due, so at least Fastball is in good company. The problem here might have been timing, as this Austin trio came along in the age of Matchbox 20, Third Eye Blind, Tonic, and other hooky guitar bands of little or no consequence. None of them made anything nearly as indelible as All the Pain That Money Can Buy, the 1998 Fastball record that gave the world “The Way”, an amazing song even if you don’t know the touching story that inspired the lyrics. It’s a shame these guys spent last summer slumming with Smash Mouth and Vertical Horizon, but at least they had the next band on our list to keep ‘em company.

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