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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). This one features... All hail the masters of loud-folk-power-pop alt-country! 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 fucked-up romance 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 Wreck Your Life , 1995) I want Rhett Miller to write a song about me. 4.  "Timebomb"  (from Too Far to Care , 1997) A perfect marriage of music, lyrics, and performance. The narrator is about to lose control, and the song spends its entire 3 minute lifespan walking on the right side of chaos. 5.  "Barrier Reef"  (from Too Far to