The Case for 1997


Ah, to be sixteen again. Well, not really. But I've got to support The Onion AV Club's efforts to convince us that 1997 is the new 1967:

1967 is rightfully—though overly, especially during its 40th anniversary—revered as a watershed year for pop music: It saw the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Songs Of Leonard Cohen, Are You Experienced?, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Forever Changes, and many other incredible and/or important albums. 1997, though lacking the benefit of as much hindsight, packed a pretty earth-shaking musical punch, too, clearly led by Radiohead's already-canonized OK Computer.

I hope this nineties rock renaissance really takes off because I've been ahead of the curve on this one. Here's "Why Did We Ever Meet" by The Promise Ring:


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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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