Since the year 1997 was 20 years ago and boy does that make me feel old! That year had a big impact on my life in many ways. I was 13 back then and junior high.

I had written a long list of things that I liked/remembered from that year, but it was way too long. So I decided to divide it up into categories.

There was a lot of good music.

Here are some of the albums I have from that year.
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“The Fury of the Aquabats!” by the Aquabats
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“It Means Everything” by Save Ferris

“Retreat from the Sun” that dog.
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“Transistor” by 311
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“Eight Arms to Hold You” by Veruca Salt
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“The Fourth World” by Kara’s Flowers
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the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack

Many of these albums I had on cassette. I had cassette copies of the Aquabats’, Save Ferris’ Veruca Salt’s, and the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack.

“The Fury of the Aquabats!” and “It Means Everything” were helping me expand my 3rd wave ska collection. I didn’t get “Retreat from the Sun” until the early 2000s when I found a used copy. I just love the music video for “Never Say Never” which in regular rotation on the local music video show Are-oh-Vee. I also found this interesting article about the band reuniting. It’s from the LA Times so I’m not sure if everybody can read the article.
The appeal of “Transistor” was that it had 21 songs on it. I love the album “Eight Arms to Hold You”. I remember in 2010 I bought a CD copy of  it off amazon. I didn’t get “The Fourth World” until 2003 or somewhere around there because Warner re-released it because of the popularity of Maroon 5. I had been looking for a copy since about late 1998 early 1999. When I fell in love with the “Soap Disco” video that was also in regular rotation on Are-oh-Vee. This was back when they were promoting the Stagg Street Recordings. My cousin had a copy of the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack and I really liked it. It’s not really current music. This was around the time I was getting into 2-tone ska. I used to listen to “Pressure Drop”, “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Blister in the Sun”.

Here are some of the hit songs off these albums.

“Super Rad!” by The Aquabats

“The World is New” by Save Ferris

“Come on Elieen” covered by Save Ferris

“Never Say Never” by that dog.

“Transistor” by 311

“Prisoner” by 311

“Beautiful Disaster” by 311

“Volcano Girls” by Veruca Salt

“Soap Disco” Kara’s Flowers