He Said She Said: Music From the Past Decade of Our Lives, Part 2

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She Said remembers being a little kid, thinking to herself, In the year 2000, you're going to be 20 YEARS OLD. Thinking of how old that would feel like and how far away it seemed. In truth, She Said feels no different today than she did ten years ago, but one look at her musical tastes over the past ten years shows that things have, indeed, changed a lot.

In a decade where digital music, American Idol and the death of MTV have all changed our collective listening habits, it's no surprise that personal tastes have evolved. Below, a musical timeline of She Said's decade.

2000: The Hives, Veni Vidi Vicious

In retrospect, this album would set the trend for She Said's musical tastes for the rest of the decade. This marked a departure for her away from straight pop-punk towards late-'60s garage rock and grungier sounds reminiscent of Detroit. It also ignited a penchant for dudes in skinny suits, and bands from Scandinavia.

2001, Donovan, "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" and "Mellow Yellow" reissues

In 2001 She Said turned 21, went through an awful break-up, had a job she hated and could not wait to finish with school so her life could finally begin. These two singles were rereleased that year, and She Said had a Donovan Greatest Hits album that she would literally play every single morning as she got ready for work. Only later did She Said discover that Donovan was kind of annoyingly new-agey. But "Wear Your Love Live Heaven" (and half the songs on this album) remains a favorite.

2002, The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

She Said had all but given up on The Lips as the saviors of Oklahoma rock until this album came out. Some people just can't get into this band, which is cool, because neither could she following the novelty of "She Don't Use Jelly" and their lackluster releases in the years just before Yoshimi. But the success of this album launched the Lips into international fame, and as a psychedelic concept album (about guitarist Steven Drozd's battle with heroin) still holds up almost a decade later.

2003: The Shins, "So Says I"

2003 seems to be the year She Said stopped buying full albums and started to listen to singles only. Ahh, the convenience of easy downloading. This song was on heavy rotation in Her iTunes playlist. Which is kind of funny now, because she can't stand that asshat Marty Crandall.

2004: Franz Ferdinand, "Take Me Out"

How many miles has She Said clocked on the treadmill to this perfectly-paced song? Also, there's something vaguely early-Talking Heads/David Byrne about singer Alex Kapranos. Don't front, you still think this song is awesome too.


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