50 Greatest Pop-Punk Albums

From Blink-182 to the Buzzcocks, we count down the best of punk's most lovable, lovelorn offshoot

Discount, 'Half-Fiction' (1997)
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50. Discount, 'Half-Fiction' (1997)

Long before transitioning into bluesy vamp acts the Kills and the Dead Weather, Alison Mosshart reigned as a rambling soprano during her six-year tenure in Discount. The Vero Beach natives made one of the earliest releases on the prolific label Fueled By Ramen and hadn't even graduated high school when they became a staple of Florida's pop-punk legacy. The follow-up to their blazing 1996 debut, Ataxia's Alright Tonight, Half Fiction is a gloriously slapdash confessional opus, which New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert once lauded as "more of an influence [on us] than even West Coast punk." Written during the twilight of their teens – after the band had already toured with J Church and Less Than Jake – jangly songs like "Clap and Cough" and are "Pocket Bomb" were cut, pasted and sewn together the way an Aaron Cometbus tour zine might sound if run through some Marshall stacks. Mosshart told Lenny in 2016: "When I was around 13, the kids that I skated with thought, Fuck it, let's get instruments and start a band, because that's what you do when you're a skateboarder. [By] the time I was 14, we were touring. It just didn't stop… I got to see the world at a very young age. My parents tried to say no a few times, but I was very headstrong. I was just like, This is what I need to do." S.E.