Rock Blog: 1997 in Rock

January 31, 2017

So what do you say we go back 20 years. 1997. Remember it? Heaven’s Gate, Pol Pot, Timothy McVeigh, Titanic, and wait for it….the debut of…. CREED! But there was some great music in 1997 too. Here’s a snapshot of 6 great albums from 20 years ago:


Radiohead / OK Computer. Their 3rd and best album. It’s weird, it's complicated, it's layered. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a masterpiece.


Foo Fighters / The Colour And The Shape. The 2nd album from the Foo’s and the album that said “Dave Grohl may have been the drummer of Nirvana, but now he’s the lead of a first class band, and they are going to rule the world!"


Whiskeytown / Strangers Almanac. I’m going to be selfish here for a minute. 20 years out this is still a top 10 album for life for me. Whiskeytown was a little bit Country and a little bit Punk. They didn’t last long, but it was the base of Ryan Adams career. Give this a chance.


Offspring /  Ixnay on the Hombre. When The Offspring left the Indie world of Punk, signed to Columbia Records and swung for the fences with a whole new arena rock sound. It hasn’t held up, but this album owned Rock Radio for a year.


Days of the New / Days of the New. The debut from Travis Meeks and his pals from Charlestown, Indiana. Sadly, Travis became the poster boy for Rehab Television, and never did much after a couple of DOTN albums. Clearly influenced by Alice in Chains, but performing mostly acoustic, these guys had a great 1997.


Deftones  / Around the Fur. The pride of Sacramento released their 2nd album, the one that got them noticed. Crushing Melodic Metal (if that’s a thing). Fortunately they’ve never strayed too far from their very distinct sound.


And then there was the debut of Creed. Oh Boy.


Somebody punch this dude.




- Sergeant Hairclub AKA Dave Richards