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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92. Spoon, "Metal Detektor"

Britt Daniel was just getting started, yet already an out-of-place rock auteur for his times: cool-headed, confident, almost offensively angst-free, industrious, crafting tunes with a minimum of pomp or neurosis, just getting shit done and doing it clean. No wonder Nineties listeners had a tough time appreciating this guy. (He didn't even have the decency to look like he just rolled out of bed.) A Series of Sneaks should have been Spoon's big coming-out party, after some promising indie juvenilia; instead it got squashed in the major-label machine and went unheard. Everything that would make Spoon essential was already there in the jittery guitars of "Metal Detektor." It just took the world a minute to catch up.

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