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music friday, 2001 edition

  • The Strokes, “Last Nite”. Acclaimed Music calls this the top album of 2001. They didn’t go away, but nothing matched the impact of their beginnings.
  • Pink, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”. A fascinating video, ending with Pink morphing into her fans; they want to be her, she sings “I wanna be somebody else”.
  • Gorillaz, “Clint Eastwood”. Without the video, you’re getting just a reminder of what Gorillaz are up to. Del tha Funkee Homosapien transcends this.
  • Missy Elliott, “Get Ur Freak On”. When she becomes eligible, she deserves serious consideration for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Mary J. Blige, “Family Affair”. I wouldn’t say the same about Mary J, but I could be convinced.
  • Basement Jaxx, “Where’s Your Head At? It’s safe to say, if you only watch one of these videos, this should be it.
  • Alicia Keys, “Fallin’”. For me, a perfect record that she has never matched.
  • Destiny’s Child, “Bootylicious”. They sold 60 million records, yet it’s almost like they’re a footnote to the career of Beyoncé.
  • Ryan Adams, “New York, New York”. The video begins, “This video was shot on Friday September 7, 2001.” The reason for the warning is immediately clear.
  • Andrew W.K., “Party Hard”. Like a cleaned-up GG Allin.