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The 52 Albums that define my love for music

Week 39/Album 39

Who:  Strung Out - "Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues"

When: 1996

Why: I was finishing up my junior year in high school.  Tons of new music was in my ear on what seemed to be on a daily basis. New punk rock, new hardcore and new hip-hop. Alot of records went by unnoticed just because there was so much coming out. Then, this record came out and took all the attention away of everything else.  It was the fastest punk rock record I had ever heard. I loved it.

When: I've seen Strung Out bunches.

Punk rock in fast forward!

Then this song just goes faster....

The drum fills in this song are flooring. Also, this is my favorite Strung Out song.

I like fast punk rock. This is fast punk rock.  I love this record.  I wanted to play drums as fast as I could all the time after hearing this record, much to the dismay of my fellow band members at the time.  As a drummer, hearing this record made me want to be better. Jordan Burns is probably one of the best punk drummers of all time, and doesn't really get the credit he deserves for being innovative and sharp. Although the entire instrumentation on this record is mind numbing. The bass rips right through the mix but still connects to the drums and the guitars sound like buzz saws. Its like they recorded the record, and during post production they decided to press fast forward a bit to speed it up. It wasn't until I saw them live the first time that I knew they could pull it off.   Whats also amazing is regardless of how fast the band is playing, Jason's vocals just kinda floated over the top of it perfectly.

Strung Out have put out some of the most fun/fast punk rock albums ever.  The next 2 Strung Out records were just as good. You can tell that each new record they put out, they push themselves. More recently they have pushed a little more to the metal side of punk rock, but their older stuff will always have a place in my heart. I tattooed their logo on my arm back in 2000, and I have partied with them a couple times. Partied hard enough to almost get in trouble with the Police in Colorado.  (Thanks Wilhelm Scream for the save on that one) Theyre all very nice guys and fantastic musicians and I hope they keep making music and touring as long as they can.