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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71. Quickspace, "Hadid"

You remember the "rock is dead" controversy of 1998, don't you? Not to be confused with the "rock is dead" controversy of 1990, or the "rock is dead" controversy of 1995, 1986, 2005, 1963, 1981, 1974, 1959, 1968, 2012 or 1971? (Wherever indie kids are turning 25, there will be "rock is dead" controversies.) In 1998, the conventional wisdom was that rock had been replaced by "loops." Hence all the bands trying to bury nice little songs inside earnestly clunky loops, until they began to notice they weren't so hot at loops. Quickspace, a great U.K. psych-drone outfit that rose from the ashes of th' Faith Healers, were the rare band that knew how to rock a loop and vice versa, though they enjoyed writing the occasional song as well. "Hadid" is five minutes of fuzz guitar, distorted snares, cut-up vocal babble ("maraschino, man!"), all bleeding into the red with a suspiciously song-like tension and release.

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