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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65. Mogwai, "Small Children in the Background"

The Glasgow noise lads raise a cathedral-sized instrumental racket of savagely mournful guitar feedback, seven minutes of amps seething with rage. They recorded it in the Scottish town of Hamilton, where the police had just imposed a youth curfew banning anyone under 16 from the streets at night; in a typically subtle punk gesture, Mogwai titled this record No Education = No Future (Fuck the Curfew).

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