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12 by Old 97's

Here's the drill: 12 songs to summarize an artist's career, in chronological order (of course). Featuring: "12 by" is an old feature; the last time I did one was April of 2009. But upon discovering belatedly that the Old 97's put a new record out last fall ( The Grand Theatre Volume 1 ), I realized they're due for a career summary. 1. If My Heart Was a Car (from Hitchhike to Rhome , 1994) Lays out a rough blueprint for the band: Fast tempo, country roots, raw but controlled vocals, and metaphor-laden lyrics about how f***ed-up love can be ("If my heart was a car / you would have stripped it a long time ago"). 2. 4 Leaf Clover (from Hitchhike to Rhome , 1994) This one is always a concert highlight. 3. Victoria (from Too Far to Care , 1996) I want Rhett Miller to write a song about me. 4. Timebomb (from Wreck Your Life , 1997) A perfect marriage of music, lyrics, and performance. The narrator is about to lose control, and