Cuckoo's Eleven - The Best of 2002

 

Top Eleven Songs of 2002:

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  1. Eminem - Lose Yourself

  2. Gomez - Shot Shot

  3. Coldplay - In My Place

  4. Wilco - Kamera

  5. Interpol - PDA

  6. Clinic - Walking With Thee

  7. N.E.R.D. - Rock Star

  8. Beck - Lost Cause

  9. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize???

  10. Doves - Words

  11. Elvis Costello - 45

Honorable Mentions:
Paul Westerberg - Silent Film Star

The Promise Ring - Stop Playing Guitar

Moby - We Are All Made of Stars

Luna - Black Postcards

1 Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

"Take off your band-aid 'cause I don't believe in touchdowns/I am trying to break your heart"

Some may say this should have been counted for 2001, but the major album release occurred for this Chicago-based group in 2002.  Less like Uncle Tupelo, more like Radiohead.  Unbelievable.

 
2 The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

"Let them know you realize that life goes fast/It's hard to make the good things last/You realize the sun doesn't go down/It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round"

Seemingly invisible to almost everyone since She Don't Use Jelly, this Oklahoma City based-group created the best concept album in the past three decades.

3 Gomez - In Our Gun

You may recognize this Liverpool band's singer from the Phillips commercials a few years ago (where he covers The Beatles' It's Getting Better). 

4 Paul Westerberg/Grandpa Boy - Stereo/Mono

"Coffee laughs at us every morning/We always laugh at the choices we made/And ask ourselves, 'how did it get so early?'/We're boring enormous"

Former frontman from The Replacements (and notable contributor to The Singles Soundtrack) returns with a Pseudonym, dual album ... one in stereo, the other in dynamic mono.

5 Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head

London-based band who've experienced more stateside success recently than Oasis and Travis combined.  Follow-up to their Grammy winning debut is simple, yet pretty.

6 Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel

"Lyrics are a mystery, I've heard/Till you turn it down to 33 and 1/3/45."

English crooner has returned with style, sound, and punch.  An unbelievable album and return to grace.

7 Clinic - Walking With Thee

Their second straight year in Cuckoo's Eleven, another Liverpool band that supported Radiohead in their European tour in 2001.  Less of a garage sound than Internal Wrangler, but still with the same power.

8 The Promise Ring - Wood/Water

"If I had a dime for every time/I should stop playing guitar and put my head in a book/Then my head would be healthy and my guitar would be dusty/And that would save me from a bunch of bad songs."

Could have been THE Emo band.  Unfortunately, they broke up before we got to hear more of them.

9 Jurassic 5 - Power in Numbers

Dan Schleicher, I am rescinding my comments from last year.  Rap is not stale, thanks to J5 and N.E.R.D. (Honorable Mention this year). 

10 Beck - Sea Change

"There's too many people/You used to know/They've seen you coming/They've seen you go/Baby, you're a lost cause."

Beck stripped down from his Odelay and Midnight Vultures sounds ... acoustic and supreme.

11 Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights

"We have 200 couches where you can feel right/Sleep tonight."

If they mated: David Byrne and Johnny Marr.  NY based band that evokes the former, along with Joy Division.  You cannot go wrong with this album.

Honorable Mention

Doves - The Last Broadcast

N.E.R.D. - In Search of ...

Luna - Romantica