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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).


"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 the song spends its entire 3 minute …