I remember during high school sitting at our family computer in an otherwise totally dark room and spending whole Saturday nights listening to just this album while I browsed the Internet. I found it a few years late (around 2005-06) after having already heard North and then falling in love with Jack's Mannequin, but I'm so glad I did. Great album.
I went to a small town school, where I was unpopular in a building full of uncool kids, and buying this album was probably the first cool thing I did, and it took until like grade 11. I also bought Hoobastanks debut album around the same time, so you win some you lose some.