10 Fueled By Ramen Albums That Every Pop-Punk Fan Should Own
26 October 2015, 15:23
We take a closer look at pop-punk's most successful label.
Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Fuelled By Ramen, the label that introduced to the world Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore and all your other pop-punk favourites. It's a testament to the label that many of their biggest successes are still working with the label and they continue to release great music by new artists.
Considering so many of PopBuzz' faves are signed to this one label, we thought we'd do a round up of our favourite records from the back catalogue. No doubt you'll all disagree and give us sh*t in the comments but that's half the fun with these things, right? So, in chronological order, here's our top ten. *ducks for cover*
1) Jimmy Eat World - Jimmy Eat World EP (1998)
Before Jimmy Eat World released Bleed American and became the world-conquering power pop band that they are today, they released a number of albums and EPs including this one release on the then relatively unknown label Fuelled By Ramen. It included the single "Lucky Denver Mint" which became a minor college radio hit and become a breakthrough record for the band and the label.
2) Discount - Dear, Billy (1998)
British political folk/punk artist Billy Bragg was a frequent source of inspiration for the late 90s/early 00s ska punk scene. This record by Discount is just one of many covers in honour of Bragg's work by bands related to this scene. And if the voice sounds familiar, that's because it's Alison Mosshart from The Kills/The Dead Weather. Who knew!
3) The Impossibles - Anthology (1999)
Universally loved by punk bands around the world, the Anthology collection was released after the Texan ska-punk band had broken up, bringing together tracks from their various different EPs and singles. This one is for the more rabid ska-punk fans out there.
4) Fall Out Boy - Take This To Your Grave (2002)
This record essentially marks the rebirth of pop-punk. Fall Out Boy paved the way for many of the stars of pop punk to come and it is undoubtedly the most important record on this list. Whether you like FOB or not, you cannot doubt this record's cultural influence.
5) Less Than Jake - Pezcore (2002)
It would be rude not to mention Less Than Jake on this list considering the drummer is FBR's co-founder Vinnie Fiorello's Less Than Jake. By no means their best album (that would be Hello Rockview...) but it is a fun and extensive collection of rarities and b-sides from the ska-punk icons. An essential purchase for die-hard fans.
6) Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005)
Another important release for FBR. Panic!'s debut is an inventive and ambitious musical tour-de-force. They received a lot of criticism at the time for being signed up by Pete Wentz without having played a single show (Wentz started his own imprint on FBR called Decaydance). They've been vindicated in the long run, being one of FBR's most successful artists.
7) The Academy Is... - Almost Here (2005)
Another signing by Wentz, The Academy Is... are less divisive than Panic! (but less successful, go figure). Rumour has it the band will be reuniting for shows next year. Fingers crossed!
8) Paramore - RIOT! (2007)
Look, we don't want to fight you about which Paramore record is the best, but RIOT! is where they started to show their true potential. It's a phenomenal album and it marks the moment the band started to pull ahead of every other pop punk band out there.
9) Phantom Planet - Raise the Dead (2008)
They were written off as a one-hit wonder after their song "California" was used on the credits to The OC but their final album Raise the Dead (and only album on FBR) has developed a cult following. Both Gym Class Heroes and Panic! has sighted this album as one of their favourites on the FBR back catalogue.
10) Paramore - Paramore (2013)
We don't care what anyone says this is Paramore's best and most important album. People thought they were dead in the water after the departure of the Farro brothers but, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, they released this album became more successful than they ever had been before.