The Strokes, "Last Nite". Tom Petty's "American Girl" is the world's best Byrds rip ... I guess this is The Byrds, one step removed.
Pulp, "The Trees". Part of a two-sided hit with "Sunrise". Not sure why I find this amazing, but Jarvis Cocker is 54 years old.
Lucinda Williams, "Essence". The definition of a critics' fave (as long as you ignore G. Marcus). We've seen her four times and have never been sorry, but for me, her best album remains the self-titled one from 1988.
Roots Manuva, "Witness (1 Hope)". Never heard this one before.
Mary J. Blige, "Family Affair". Don't need no hateration. Video is a great performance from Letterman.
Jimmy Eat World, "The Middle". Christgau: "Jimmy Eat World are who Blink-182 want to be when they grow up."
R.E.M., "Imitation of Life". It says something about my taste that I often try to find videos of the artists playing live, instead of just linking to "Official Videos".
The Gossip, "Hott Date". Saw them headline in February of that year, after seeing them open for S-K (they were one of the best opening acts I ever saw).