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90s Album Thread: The Promise Ring “Nothing Feels Good” (1997)

Original CD album cover artwork. (Source:

The wave of “Emo” music that began to dominate the airwaves in the late 90s wasn’t really for me. As I was heading closer to being 30 years old I found it tricky to latch onto a slew of neo-punks colorfully shouting, “Life sucks, let’s rock!” And eventually, this pervasive trend became a competition of who could out Emo who. It…



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Billy Hartong

Founder of the kid’s music group The Jolly Pops. Unofficial expert on all things that happened in the 1990s. Father of 3 daughters. Proud Minnesotan.