People, wasn’t 2000 only just yesterday? I swear that it was, even though I was still in high school then and still driving Sid The Angry Volvo (R.I.P.), and even though the musicians in some of these videos look like babies in comparison to now, 2000 just happened. Don’t spoil my illusion just yet.
Sunday Morning Call – Oasis
This is one of my all-time favorite Oasis songs, though it’s off an album that unfortunately does not get a lot of love, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. It arrived after the departure of guitarist Bonehead and bassist Guigsy, and although Gem Archer and Andy Bell joined the band soon after (and are featured in this acoustic performance), Noel Gallagher played most of the instruments on this album. This is also when he began kicking his drug habit, got a new set of teeth, and became a father. “Sunday Morning Call” is beautiful, melancholy and honest.
When you’re lonely and you start to hear
little voices in your head at night
you will only sniff away the tears
so you can dance until the morning light
at what price?
Side note: The boyfriend I had at the time bought me this album as an apology for temporarily breaking up with me. I won’t get into why he was initially so upset, but I will always associate Standing on the Shoulder of Giants with that little blip in my history. Supporting my musical habits does usually make for effective amends. He got that right, at least.
Cry Like a Baby – Kasey Chambers
My dad had this album first, and I’m not sure how I ended up with it, since he continued to enjoy her music. Kasey Chambers is an Australian country musician, and she might be a little twangy for some people – to be honest, I have to be in the mood for her – but she’s a great songwriter. I don’t know how well-known she is, but give her a try if she’s in your musical preference neighborhood.
Never Ending Story Theme Song – A New Found Glory
Ah, a fun punk cover! My friends and I listened to A New Found Glory’s cover album, From The Screen to Your Stereo, oodles of times in high school. The whole thing is only around eighteen minutes long, so it pretty much lasted from one end of town to the other. I never owned it, but enough people did that someone could almost always be trusted to have it on them should we have been in the mood to put it on.
Feel Good Hit of the Summer – Queens of the Stone Age
This song is kinda funny since the lyrics are pretty much the same list of drugs over and over, with “C-c-c-c-cocaine!“ as the chorus. And yet, it’s quite catchy. The mister had this album, Rated R, when we first started dating, and I enjoy it. A proper, loud rock n roll time.
Your Southern Can is Mine – The White Stripes
Here are The White Stripes covering Blind Willie McTell on the album De Stijl, and I think 2000 was right when I first heard of the band. A few friends were into them, and yet, I still need to own any of their albums. They’re great, and I don’t know why they are a gap in my music collection. “Your Southern Can is Mine” is bluesy and simple and fantastic.
A Song For The Lovers – Richard Ashcroft
What a great opening song – “A Song For The Lovers” begins Verve-singer Richard Ashcroft’s first solo album, Alone With Everybody. I quite like this video too, but I’m fond of videos that feature musicians experiencing the strangeness of hearing their own work. (See also, David Bowie’s “Thursday’s Child”). Previously, I’ve written about Ashcroft’s “New York,” also from this album. The aforementioned boyfriend who bought me the Oasis album also bought me Alone With Everybody for my birthday a few months later. Sometimes, you just have to tell people exactly what you want.
The Shining – Badly Drawn Boy
Speaking of ace opening tracks, “The Shining” is one of them. It opens with cello and French horn, and the first time I heard it was on headphones, sitting in an airport, waiting to fly home from San Francisco. I bought the album, The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, in a Virgin Megastore (R.I.P.) and I don’t remember how I’d heard of Badly Drawn Boy to begin with. Maybe I’d read a description of him in Q Magazine and decided I liked the idea of him, I don’t know. Whatever the means, I’m so glad I bought this album.
Shiver – Coldplay
A lot of people enjoy hating on Coldplay – maybe because they’re popular, maybe because “Yellow” was once so ubiquitous – but I enjoy them. There is something very big about their songs, even in a simpler, acoustic-based song like “Shiver.” It’s interesting to listen to this, now knowing how they would build on this sound. Also, Chris Martin looks so young here. Aww.
Hurricane – Ani DiFranco
Ani covering Bob Dylan – what a tune. The bass at the beginning is so great. In comparison to the original, this is a little bit more low-key, which almost makes it more haunting. This is off Swing Set, an EP I always forget exists, even though I own it.
Damn, Sam (I love a woman that rains) – Ryan Adams
This song has such a great title, I knew I would love it even before I heard it. In Alphabet Soup, I talked about my experience of first listening to the album Heartbreaker, and I’ve also talked about “To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high).” You all know Ryan Adams is one of my favorites, so it was difficult to pick just one more song from this album to talk about.
I’m as calm as a fruit stand in New York
and maybe as strange
Arcarsenal – At the Drive-In
Another opening song, this time for At the Drive-In’s Relationship of Command, an album that the mister and I have played on so many road trips, sometimes it feels like bad luck not to play it. By the time I’d heard any of At The Drive-In’s music, they’d already busted up, but what a spectacular album to go out with. “Arcarsenal” is a loud wake-up call announcing the arrival of something special.
The band has recently reunited, but this is still their most recent album.
Of Greetings and Goodbyes – AFI
The Art of Drowning is one of my favorite AFI albums, and it marks the moment when the band really began to hit their stride. Previously, I’ve talked about other songs from the album, “Wester” and “The Days of the Phoenix,” but “Of Greetings and Goodbyes” has one of my favorite lines of any song:
Deep within divinity let’s start another secret show.
It’s damn sexy. So many possibilities spring from it that it makes me want to start writing. The bassline in the song is also excellent. Really, if you like punk at all, however minimally, and you have yet to experience The Art of Drowning, see that you do so.
Idioteque – Radiohead
“Idioteque” is also great to hear on headphones, as is most of Radiohead’s catalog, I’m guessing. The drum machine mixed with almost ethereal vocals is just gorgeous. I don’t really have much to say about this song, other than Listen.
Ice age come, an ice age comin’…
This Mess We’re In – PJ Harvey and Thom Yorke
I maintain that Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea is one of the greatest albums of all time. Previously, I’ve talked about “Kamikaze,” “This is Love,” and “We Float,” and given the opportunity, I could probably write a really long essay on the whole lot of songs. For now though, let’s talk about “This Mess We’re In.” PJ Harvey and Thom Yorke’s voices go together so well, and the song speaks to me in a way I cannot briefly articulate.
What was it you wanted?
I just want to say
Don’t ever change now baby
and thank you
I don’t think we will meet again…
Every time I hear this song, I am compelled to sing.
My Love Grows Deeper – Nelly Furtado
Oh, I know, y’all were probably so tired of hearing Nelly Furtado sing “I’m Like a Bird,” and that’s fair. I’m still a little tired of it (since, after all, 2000 just happened, right?), and I enjoy her music fine. Somewhere along the way, I downloaded “My Love Grows Deeper,” and I thought it was the best of her songs that I’d heard at that point. It’s sort of reggae-adjacent. I put it on a mix CD and sang it so many times while in my car. Enjoy.
Now, then, it’s time for you to tell me what new millennium tunes you’re digging. Wikipedia, as usual, has the roundup.