50 Greatest Pop-Punk Albums

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

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Lagwagon, 'Let's Talk About Feelings' (1998)
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42. Lagwagon, 'Let's Talk About Feelings' (1998)

If NOFX's Punk in Drublic is a slurring crust-punk passed out on a park bench, Lagwagon's melodic punk masterpiece Let's Talk About Feelings is his sensitive kid brother, handing out missing-person flyers. Sourcing material from black comedies like Welcome to the Dollhouse and Swimming with Sharks, Lagwagon largely sidestepped the toilet humor and raging sexism of their skate-punk brethren, in pursuit of murkier subject matter. "I'm not gonna watch you kill yourself to live," Joey Cape sings in "The Gun in Your Hand"; in "Love Story," he slams a narcissist, sighing, "Drama is exhausting and I'd rather be alone." Throughout the album, razor-sharp metal licks and crafty rhythms complement Cape's dry affect, a blend the Cali band perfected on "May 16," which tells the tale of Cape being uninvited from a friend's wedding. It would be the band's most popular song to date, landing a Tony Hawk Pro-Skater 2 feature and establishing Feelings as an essential entry in Fat Wreck Chords oeuvre. "The band was really kind of getting tired of that silly pop persona that we seemed to have," Cape told Noisey in 2014. "But I love the way that [Feelings] sounds. I like it sonically and it’s also really poppy. I like pop music." S.E.

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