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"Rudie Can't Fail"
There's an unwritten rule in the rock 'n' roll
handbook that says white boys should never make misguided stabs at reggae. (See
the Police, Eric Clapton and approximately all U.S. "ska" outfits as awful
proof.) But when it comes to the Clash-scientifically proven to be the coolest
band in the history of the universe-we'll give them an honorary pass.
One of their finest sides, this is a rambunctious, rollicking slice of prime roots-rock-reggae,
a picture-perfect postcard of (romanticized) West London life and one of the best
summer tunes ever. "Sing, Michael, sing!" (www.itunes.com)
"Can't Get You out of My Head"
In which Wayne Coyne and his merry band of cosmic psychonauts
take the small but perfectly formed Kylie Minogue's gob-smacking electro-sex
pop classic and transform it into a heartbreaking work of gargantuan melancholy
and unrequited longing. Kylie and the Lips-does it get any better than this?