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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 2 and 1

2. Cake, Fashion Nugget Among college radio kids in the mid-nineties, there was a pretty healthy market for songs that took critical aim at their own music fandom. For example, Ben Folds Five first got noticed with “Underground.” In the

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 4 and 3

4. Various Artists, The Cable Guy soundtrack To the degree that anyone’s especially invested of reevaluating the bygone cinematic output of either Ben Stiller or Jim Carrey these days, I think the critical consensus on The Cable Guy has shifted

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 6 and 5

6. Fuzzdolly, XOC Surely there was no better way to guarantee airplay on 90FM in the mid-nineties, when then station was arguably at the peak of its commitment to Wisconsin-based bands, than being a group with specific ties to the

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 8 and 7

8. Counting Crows, Recovering the Satellites I can’t. I’m sorry, I just can’t. 7. Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire Back in the day, I had loads of three-beer-in, barroom arguments with Rage Against the Machine fans, pointing out what

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 10 and 9

10. The Afghan Whigs, Black Love Black Love was the second album Afghan Whigs released with Elektra Records, and it would prove to their last such collaboration with the major label. Greg Dulli’s band had been snapped up by Elektra

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 12 and 11

12. Possum Dixon, Star Maps This is one of the albums that drove home for me that commercial alternative radio was going to follow a different path than my old, preferred home of college radio. Possum Dixon’s second full-length, Star

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1996, 14 and 13

14. Golden Smog, Down by the Old Mainstream Golden Smog has a longer history than their best-known recorded history suggests. First formed in 1989 by a batch of Minneapolis musicians with pretty good day jobs (like the Replacements and Soul

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