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The First Crush Compilation

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The First Crush Compilation, which initially saw the light of day in 1998 with only three pressings, spawned a stellar hybrid of some of the greatest punk/emo/hardcore acts to emerge over the past decade. Emo nearly became a part of the mainstream in the new millennium with the chart success of Jimmy Eat World and the critical acclaim of At the Drive-In, so a reissue of The First Crush Compilation is appropriate. It's a collection of rare tracks and hard-to-find treasures that pop kids will cling to while sifting through personal childhood moments and/or musical experiences of the acts featured on the album. Hardcore punk fever rages against the machine from the likes of Thoughts of Ionesco ("Upward, Inward & Under"), I Hate Myself ("This Isn't the Tenka-Inchi-Buddokai"), and Yellow Road Priest ("Song #7"), while Stalag Seventeen ("Lack of a Better Word") and Sore Loser ("Nodding Off") churn with emo-pop appeal. Additional standout cuts by Pop Unknown, Mineral, Beast, and Airport Architect bring together the intense allure of what made these musical underground communities so great.

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