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?