Top Five Most Hummable Indie-Rock Smash Hits of the '00s
Indie-underground denizens hardly have dibs on Britpop/world-bop/melting-pot impressario Damon Albarn -- Blur's "Song #2" has been rattling bleachers in stateside sports arena crowds for more than a decade, after all -- but we like to pretend he's all ours. (After all, the world at large isn't holding its breath for a follow up to 2003's Think Tank. Or is it?) Gorillaz, Albarn's on-and-off project with old pal/illustrator Jamie Hewlett and a rotating cast of collaborators, offered him a chance to fuck around with notions of culture and representational smoke'n'mirrors -- and in 2005 offered us "Feel Good, Inc.," a supremely meaningless, totally bumptious bit of nonsense that spawned a mesmerizing disturbing alternate-reality video, introduced a new generation to rap elders De La Soul, and helped Apple sell a lot of iPods.
2. Modest Mouse "Float On"
Psychosis. Nervous breakdowns. Bad luck. Longtime, long-suffering Modest Mouse fans will tell you that the group has had its ups and downs since forming in the 1990s. But after the release of "Float On" -- a lithe, infectious piece of strut-pop that worked hard to conceal the fact that it was actually strutting - the storied Modest Mouse curse started to fade. "Float On" was everywhere, and rightly so. Front man Issac Brock could suddenly afford a personal assistant. Legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr came aboard, temporarily. Now they're almost famous.