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Common feat. Bilal – The 6th Sense (2000)

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Released in February 2000, the ‘The 6th Sense’ was the lead single off Like Water for Chocolate, Common’s hugely successful, fourth studio album.  It was produced by DJ Premier and laden with his trademark scratched samples. In this case, it’s ‘Memories Are Here to Stay’ by The Intruders, ‘Allustrious’ by Mobb Deep and ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’  by Gil-Scott Heron.

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Air – Playground Love (2000)

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A year or so after their hugely successful album Moon Safari, Air wrote the score for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. The opening track ‘Playground Love’ is the only one with vocals, which emanate from neither Jean-Benoît Dunckel nor Nicolas Godin (nor Beth Hirsch). They bring in Phoenix’s singer Thomas Mars to deliver the low key “I’m a highschool lover/And you’re my favorite flavour”.

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Ryan Adams – AMY (2000)

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Inspired by Ryan Adams’ break-up with industry publicist Amy Lombardi, ‘AMY’ is the self-evidently one of the emotional outpourings that underpin his debut solo album ‘Heartbreaker. Released in September 5, the entire album was was told over fourteen days in a studio in Nashville. Pitchfork have called it “a drinker’s album” and “an ode to sadness”. No regrets Ryan, no regrets.

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People Under The Stairs feat. Murs – Pulp Fiction (2000)

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Here’s an oddball finish to the week. People Under The Stairs’ ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a hip hop adventure into the surreal. MURS, Double K, and Thes One find themselves stranded on a desert island where a pink gorilla steals their cigarettes. They come up with a plan to ambush it, but then find their friend and a boat which takes them to Boston Market. Yes, have a great weekend.

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Marah – Round Eye Blues (2000)

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For a while there in the late 1990s, Marah were the heirs apparent to Bruce Springsteen. Formed by singer-guitarist brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the band developed a reputation for their Boss-like live shows. The release of their second album, Kids in Philly, cemented this reputation, and no more so than in their delivery of ‘Round Eye Blues’.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2000

A compilation for the weekend. My favourite songs of 2000 in no particular order:

Radiohead – Idioteque

Blonde Redhead ‎- For The Damaged

Lambchop – Up With The People

The Avalanches – Since I Left You

Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro

Outkast – Ms. Jackson

Marah – Round Eye Blues

Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers

Phoenix – Too Young

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Honourable mentions also go to: Grandaddy for ‘He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot‘; Erykah Badu for ‘Didn’t Cha Know‘; Daft Punk for ‘One More Time‘; Augie March for ‘The Hole In Your Roof‘; Missy Elliott for ‘Get Ur Freak On‘; D’Angelo for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)‘; and Edu K for his remix of Otto’s ‘Bob‘.

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Radiohead – Idioteque (2000)

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And then on 2 October 2000, wiping more than their own slate clean, Radiohead released Kid A. Seven tracks in, there’s a break in the mysterious ‘In Limbo’ with all seemingly lost at sea, and out of the mist blasts ‘Idioteque’. Its sound is a wave of intelligent electronica pulsing against the rocks, while Thom Yorke delivers a haunting siren to suit. “Women and children first, And children first, And children.” This song mattered.

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Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On (2000)

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What happened at the turn of the millennium that sucked the creativity out of the pop musicologists? I have a theory that it was too much Britney Spears that did it. I have to admit there were some bangers in 2000, but you can near enough count them on the fingers of one hand. The Avalanches, Outkast and Daft Punk have already featured here, so that leaves Missy Elliot and the irrepressible ‘Get Ur Freak On’. The song featured on Miss E…So Addictive, an album full of confidence and Timbaland’s production wizardry. Have a great week.

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Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers (2000)

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Also in 2000, Richard Ashcroft wrote one of those love songs that doesn’t make my toes curl. ‘A Song For The Lovers’ was the opening track off his first solo album Alone With Everybody.

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Augie March – The Hole In Your Roof (2000)

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Augie March formed in Victoria, Australia, in 1996 when English major Glenn Richards got together with a group of fellow students, and between them they cooked up the Saul Bellow moniker. In 2000, Rob Dawson joined the band as a pianist and the band recorded their debut album, Sunset Studies. The Radiohead-influenced album was lauded by critics, but not so much by the record-buying public. ‘The Hole In Your Roof’ was the opening tack off the album. In January 2001, as the band were looking to work on a follow up, Dawson was killed in car crash.

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Blonde Redhead ‎- For The Damaged (2000)

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Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons was produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto. Therefore, one would expect something much more brash than the sound that Blonde Redhead were creating in 2000. The NYC three-piece even manage to go so far as to discard post-punk in favour of a piano ballad – ‘For The Damaged’. The song transcends and features the keyboards of Toby Christensen from The Black Heart Procession.

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Daft Punk – One More Time (2000)

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At some points when writing these blogs, I fear a block in inspiration. To overcome such concerns, I listen to a lot of music and think of ways to chart a course through the near-infinite source material. One simple way to do this is by chronology.  Treating 2000 as a ground zero (which it certainly was not), I intend to stroll through recent years over the next couple of weeks or so. Year 2000 featured Daft Punk in full pomp as they produced and released their second studio album Discovery. Romanthony’s autotuned vocals “One More Time” on the album’s lead single would joyfully fill every club, gym and radio station for months. Have a great week.

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Grandaddy – He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot (2000)

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Jumping a decade, the new millennium had hit and The Flaming Lips had released their brilliant LP Soft Bulletin to top off the 1990s. And so, it was no coincidence that I was lapping up all things americana and psychedelic. Released in May 2000, The Sophtware Slump is the second studio pressing from Grandaddy. The opening track ‘He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot’ is lush, conceptual and multi-layered. Have a great week.

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Jill Scott – A Long Walk (2000)

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We finished last week with Erykah Badu. A year after writing ‘You Got Me’ for The Roots and Badu, Jill Scott had become a star in her own right. Her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, featured ‘ A Long Walk’. Again, a pure neo-soul end to the week.

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Erykah Badu – Didn’t Cha Know (2000)

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Speaking of Erykah Badu. Pure neo-soul. ‘Didn’t Cha Know?’ was the second single from her 2000 album Mama’s Gun. Have a great weekend.

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