If you haven’t listened to Spoon already, I exhort you to do so immediately. They are quite possibly my favorite indie band of the decade, and their appeal spans generations (read: is accessible to all), I promise.
Having said that, here are my top 10 favorite tracks from the Austin-based band, independent of albums:
- Finer Feelings. This one’s got a juke box-like sound that makes you want to dance, a rare thing for indie bands, let alone rock and roll ones.
- Black Like Me. I can listen to this song on loop for a good 30 minutes before tiring. It has a brilliant crescendo, piano riff, and soulful vocals to boot. It’s so win.
- Fitted Shirt, The. Perhaps the song that truly encompasses Spoon’s style, if that’s even possible given their variety. If you like Led Zepplin’s lighter works, I’m betting you’ll like this.
- The Way We Get By. Now here’s a little ditty that will have your head bouncing. It’s like a song that was a hit before your mother was born. She should know.
- You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb. I don’t care if you’re two years of age or 80, there’s no way you can listen to this track and not feel sunny.
- I Turn My Camera On. This song has me creeping like a creeper. Either that or putting the moves on Lindsey.
- Don’t Make Me A Target. Wailing guitar riffs, edgy, stuttered solos, and pleading lyrics. Listen to it twice, it’s so nice.
- Don’t You Evah. Groovy, I say. Enough so to make number eight on my list.
- Anything You Want. Two minutes and seventeen seconds of awesomeness.
- The Beast and Dragon, Adored. The darkest song on my list, but driving, constant, and rocking, just like the band that wrote it.
Regrettably, I justed missed Spoon and The Killers last week on Austin City Limits, the spectacular PBS performance series broadcast in glorious HD and 5.1 surround. It’s almost as good as attending a live show and comes highly recommended.