At some point – perhaps when you’ve wanted to buy some band’s greatest hits album – you’ve stumbled across the 20th Century Masters: Millenium Collection series of albums. Maybe the album that you found was the best of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Traffic, Johnny Cash or someone else who could plausibly be considered a “20th Century Master.” On the other hand, it’s possible that you found an album in this series dedicated to One Way, the Fairport Convention, or the Mighty Clouds of Joy, none of which have any name recognition with me. A unifying thread between all of these artists is that they’ve been around for awhile. They’re the kind of older acts whose records you may have found in your parents’ or even grandparents’ collections.
So what really makes me feel old and throws me for a loop is when I find a 20th Century Masters album for a band that I listened to in or after college. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones certainly qualify in that regard. These guys are 20th Century Masters? Well maybe they will be, but already? I guess the bulk of their success was 15-20 years ago at this point… *sigh*, now I feel old!
In fact, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones put out Let’s Face It, featuring its lead single, “The Impression That I Get” 15 years ago this month. It went on to be their most popular song and won them an appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” From the looks of things, that alone is probably enough to merit their spot amongst the 20th Century Masters (an amusing list to browse at your leisure).