So Much For the Afterglow – Everclear

The MARK’S VINTAGE VINYL page features something from Mark’s collection of recordings from over the years. Most of it is on vinyl – hence the name – though there will be a few entries from his CDs (remember those?).

So Much For the Afterglow by Everclear

  • Third studio album by alt rock group Everclear, released in 1997.
  • By the late 90s, I was finally getting back into music after listening to mostly kids music for ten years (Barney, Mr. Rogers, nursey rhymes, etc.). I quickly learned that the 90s had some fantastic alternative and progressive rock that I had been missing (as well as a run of the worst pop music ever – see my May 3, 2020 rant post on this topic in the AWESOME! category).
  • I heard the song Father of Mine, and I was intrigued by the band – Everclear. I grabbed the CD that the song is on – So Much For the Afterglow – and I was not disappointed.
  • It became their most successful album, with a 2x platinum certification, thanks to three songs that charted highly on the Alternative Airplay chart – Father of Mine reached #4, I Will Buy You a New Life peaked at #3, and Everything to Everyone topped the chart.
  • The group managed to get a Grammy nomination for one song on the album – an instrumental song titled El Distorto de Melodica was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental in 1998. Of course, there are very few instrumental rock songs every year, so it’s a bit easier to be nominated in this category if you can’t come up with lyrics! That same year, Everclear was chosen by Billboard as Modern Rock Band of the Year.
  • A solid album by a hardworking band from Portland. Learn more about the band at my November 14, 2018 post. Frontman Art Alexakis said that they wanted to make a pop album with rock influences – that describes it very well. Here’s the clever video for Everything to Everyone.

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