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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.

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