Tuesday, December 28, 2004
2004: No Talking, Just Lists:
In the 18 months or so between "Work It" and "Hey Ya!," you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing a classic hit. "Crazy In Love," "Gossip Folks," "Lose Yourself," "Cry Me a River"/ "Rock Your Body" -- all undeniable, all omnipresent, all gold. This year, we have one relic from that era (hint: BS) and then a whole lotta stuff that re(re)defines single. Let's do it.
12. Eminem -- Mosh
A better video than a song really. If the kids really did turn out for the vote, then we can credit Mr. Mathers. If not, than can we blame Slim Shady for taking his sweet time getting this on the Web? No.
11. Pixies -- Bam Thwok
That Shrek 2 rejected the Pixies' comeback tune is just one more reason that movie sucked. Bonus: Kept David Lovering off the streets.
10. U2 -- Vertigo
If only there were some sort of new music playing technology that could use U2's punky comeback single as accompaniment for a promotional campaign. Catorce!
9. Loretta Lynn with Jack White -- Portland, Oregon
I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more garage-rocker/ country legend collaborations.
8. Bright Eyes -- Take It Easy (Love Nothing)
This couldn't be better if it were an Eagles cover. Which it isn't.
7. Britney Spears -- Toxic
Wasn't this from 2003? It should've been. This song came late to that party, hung around after everyone came home, but still got loaded and partied harder than your mom did when she was a groupie with the Stones. That was you, right?
6. Bjork -- Triumph of a Heart/ Oceania
Triumph wasn't the single, but it was catchier than the Olympic theme song written from the perspective of the earth. I'm all for throat singing, but when's Ms. Gudmundsdottir going to record her Thriller?
5. Kanye West -- Jesus Walks
In which a famous hip-hop producer nearly loses his life in a car accident, writes a song about writing a song about Jesus that doesn't get played on the radio but then gets played in the clubs, and said song gets played on the radio (but not the clubs) and on every white kid's iPod from here to Bethlehem. Bonus points for referencing Happy Gilmore.
4. M.I.A. -- Galang
Just because her dad's a Tamil Tiger doesn't mean you have to like it, but it's probably a good idea. More explosive than a Sri Lankan suicide bomber.
3. Green Day -- American Idiot
Wittier, catchier and -- let's face it -- better self-promotion than Fahrenheit 9/11. And yes, the video's crap.
2. Modest Mouse -- Float On
I backed my car into a cop car the other day. He just drove off; sometimes life's OK. "Beautiful Day" for the kids with pancake hats.
1. Franz Ferdinand -- Take Me Out/ Michael
The pants, the Socialist Realism, the sexual ambiguity -- they had me from "If you're lonely."
Album and movie lists TK
What a pretentious title!