With slow natural-disaster response and potential treason at the highest level of government, 2005 dragged us back to our nation's dark ages. However, a few of the year's singles had us recalling a golden age of pop music. Which regression are you going to dwell on, sad sack? We asked bassist Carlos D. of Interpol (who this year toured all over with their sophomore album, Antics) and Saturday Night Live godsend Fred Armisen (whose early band, Trenchmouth, is so obscure we can't even pretend we were into them before you) to weigh in on 2005's hits and misses.
Here are some selections that just missed the cut in the Jukebox Jury piece in Spin's January issue. For the full story, check out the mag.
The Gallagher brothers get back to basics.
Spin: It's basically "Street Fighting Man" by the Stones.
Carlos D.: Yeah I was just thinking that.
Spin: This record didn't do much here but it was a No. 1 comeback hit in England.
Carlos D.: They could like fart into a mic and it would be No. 1 in England.
The Bravery, "Honest Mistake"
Faux-hawks and feuds fuel neo new-wave toe-tapper.
Carlos D.: I really like this song.
Spin: It's kind of up your alley.
Carlos D.: It's up one of my alleys.
Armisen: I'm really psyched to hear bands like this. Music could've gone so wrong, and I think right now it's going so right. What I hear just makes me happy. It's all so positive, and I just love the sound.
Mike Jones, "Still Tippin'"
Woozy Houston rap ode to rims, sipping syrup, and regulating business in a world full of homeys and phonies.
Armisen: His voice sounds slowed down, which is cool.
Spin: They drink a lot of cough syrup down there. And he's got that Texas drawl.
Carlos D.: They rap about drinking cough syrup?
Armisen: It sounds a little threatening to me, which is a good thing. He's intimidating me through those little speakers.