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Ranking: Every Death from Above 1979 Song From Worst to Best

on September 10, 2014, 3:30pm
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29. “Nothin’ Left”

From The Physical World (2014)

After a long hiatus, it’s understandable for a band to still be shaking off the cobwebs a bit, and with “Nothin’ Left” there are still a few spiders lurking around. Sounding like an early ’00s alternative rock song, the track falls quickly into a chugging rhythm that wants to be Muse but doesn’t quite have the creativity or instrumental acumen to pull it off. Instead, it sort of sits flat in a murky, overproduced atmosphere that seems out of place in their usually quasi-lo-fi world. Grainger’s vocals have the tinny reverb similar to Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase, and his drumming seems a bit phoned in. There isn’t the intensity of other tracks. The best part about it is that it’s over in a quick 2:15, so you can move on to everything that’s better in their catalog. –Nick Freed

28. “Too Much Love”

From Heads Up EP (2002)

One of the best things about DFA1979 is their massive sound, and Sebastien Grangier’s drums sound as big as skyscrapers in this tune. Clocking in at a little under two minutes, “Too Much Love” is only a nice teaser of what DFA1979 are truly capable of. The tune’s riff is a little too catchy, almost pop punk-esque, but the vocal melody isn’t very memorable. While the band doesn’t normally deviate too far away from their core sound, “Too Much Love” proves that even a good idea can create sub-par results. –Stevie Dunbar

27. “Do It!”

From Heads Up EP (2002)

I gotta admit, this song kind of reminds me of a Flight of the Conchords tune: “The Human’s Are Dead”. Without a doubt, it’s because of the very out of place but still pretty awesome vocoder bit that randomly happens around a minute in and disappears for the rest of the song. You can tell that Grangier and JFK are still finding their groove on this EP; there is a great sense of fun and experimentation that the songs don’t necessarily benefit from. And yeah, the riff isn’t as good as a binary solo, but it’s pretty damn rockin’. And dig those drums that come in right after the vocoder bit. Around 10 seconds of thrashing bliss. –Stevie Dunbar

26. “Sexy Results”

From You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine (2004)

“Sexy Results” gives exactly what the title implies, sounding more like the duo set out to write a slow jam for Pornosonic than a full-on song. Though not the name-brand song everyone comes to know, it’s by no means an uninspired performance, as Grainger’s voice throttles and wiggles over a choppy bassline before a cowbell solo that I dare anyone to not call sexy. Combined with the synth that smells like a line from Dr. Dre’s g-funk era, “Sexy Results” is a groove anyone can enjoy. –Dan Bogosian

25. “My Love Is Shared”

From Heads Up EP (2002)

A clear standout riff on the EP, JFK is gliding across the fret board like he’s shredding a gnarly wave. The mutant surf rock riff is immediately fun, and all I can think about while listening to this tune is either booking it down a highway with the roof down or sitting on my couch playing Tony Hawk. This song is a massive burst of energy and a whole lot of dumb fun that ends way too early. Also, dig those last five seconds of an acoustic guitar chord and reverb. Yeah, I don’t get it either, but it’s pretty funny. –Stevie Dunbar

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