#25 “15 Feet Of Pure White Snow” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2000)
“Where is Mona?! She’s long gone.” Sometimes I prefer the literal meaning of songs rather than the metaphorical interpretation i.e. this is about an avalanche rather than cocaine.
Look out for Jarvis Cocker, Noah Taylor, and Jason Donavan in the wonderfully insane video clip.
#24 “Jezebel” The Drones (2006)
This song by Australia’s best band of the decade is a nervous, tough apocalyptic epistolary love song that moves from airborne cancers to nuclear rain, cruise missiles, infanticide, vanity, calamity, civil war, Daniel Pearl and climaxes with a toll of crashing drums and feedback.
As far as world events go, the noughties were pretty horrendous (When Leonard Cohen predicted in the 90s “I’ve seen the future: it is murder” he wasn’t kidding) and this song certainly reflected that.
#23 “Pyramid Song” Radiohead (2001)
The internet debates as to what time signature this is in have raged for years and I hope they continue to do so for a long time to come.
This band has potential. If they put their head down and tail up, maybe get some positive reviews here and there, they could really go places.
#22 “Cinder and Smoke” Iron and Wine (2004)
Samuel Beam is apparently married with four daughters so it’s not surprising that his songs have that quiet, whisper-in-your-ear quality. Any louder and he’d wake the little bubbies.
#21 “There Is No Such Place” Augie March (2000)
I’ve always had bad experiences with this band live. Glenn Richards is always a complete curmudgeon on stage. Wikipedia confirms this: “Augie March’s live performances have regularly failed to live up to the quality of their recorded work.” Anyway – the positive: as you can hear in this instance, the quality of Augie March’s recorded work has, at times, reached great heights.
This video is dedicated to keyboardist Rob Dawson who died in a car accident on January 2, 2001.