“Pain” -Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse
This track, with its proto-punk bam-bam-bam guitars and its weird yet (possibly) deep lyrics, like “Pain will not get you anywhere, look at Jesus and his hair,” features Iggy Pop sounding like Dracula. Yup.
“Four Horsemen of 2012” – Klaxons
The Klaxons deliver modern electro/indie/punk/new-whatever rock. If that means something to you then you really earned this newspaper. Vague pretentiousness hanging around the edges of any “apocalyptic” dance track, but I can’t help but hope the Mayans were onto something.
“Rebel Rouser” – Bedouin Soundclash
Things start off low and slow here, but before long, they have percolated into a full fledged rebellion anthem. Well, if all rebels were really laid back and understated… and had a wicked ska breakdown in the middle.
“Little Fury Things” – Dinosaur Jr.
What a fantastic example of guitar sound that (at the time of its release) would come to dominate rock and roll. Elsewhere, it’s almost poppy at its heart and is just about the coolest late-eighties pre-grunge-alt-rock you could hope to find.
“Hello, I Love You” – The Doors
One of Jim Morrison and the Doors most incendiary moments, “Hello, I Love You” is just over two minutes and still the guys have time to completely gatecrash every popular music convention of their day. Bravo!