The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year

In 1998, boundaries blew open and new genres were invented each week. We look back at the best, brightest and weirdest from a pivotal year in pop

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12. Lifter Puller, "Nassau Coliseum"

These hard-luck art-punk punters were virtually unknown outside the Twin Cities, leaving great songs like this stranded for future generations to discover. After Lifter Puller broke up in 2000, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler went on to start a far better-known bar band, the Hold Steady. "Nassau Coliseum" is the saga of a run-of-the-mill indie douchebag caught in a Grateful Dead show on Long Island that turns into a cop riot ("They were wasting those longhairs/I just happened to be there"). Finn sounds dazed, drunk, bitter, doomed – but mostly pissed that his girlfriend ran off with some hippie. By the end of the song, you feel like you just watched your whole twenties wash down the drain in six minutes, and what could be more 1998 than that?

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