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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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Screeching  Weasel, 'My Brain Hurts' (1991)

39. Screeching Weasel, 'My Brain Hurts' (1991)

There was a time, long before Green Day blew up, and even longer before Ben Weasel was using Twitter to voice his politically incorrect opinions on or violently attacking women at his shows, when you couldn't go to a punk gig without seeing the Screeching Weasel logo tattooed on at least one arm in the audience. There was also a time when everybody wanted to try and match the band's snarl and speed, including Blink-182, who covered Screeching Weasel in their pre-fame days. The Ramones-influenced sound that would go on to influence a thousand imitators never sounded better than on the band's third LP, My Brain Hurts. Weasel is at his misanthropic best here, singing about weirdo teens, a girl who cleaned up off drugs and how nice people make him sick, and even throwing in an offbeat cover of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now." J.D. 

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