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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62. The Boredoms, "Super Shine"

The Osaka noise tribe take the world in a love embrace, for a 13-minute orgy of destruction-as-celebration, from their sun-worship masterwork Super Ae. "Super Shine" comes on like Steve Reich's Four Organs played on a hillside by a hippie mob of crusty skinheads whose gear keeps breaking down and whose organic bread is growing some intriguing molds. Yamantaka Eye leads the group in chanting variations on the word "shine," over tantric drum-circle pounding and mega-reverb "Sister Ray" drone – it adds up to an ear-bleeding yet uplifting noise.

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