“MF From Hell” – The Datsuns

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From New Zealand, here’s the Datsuns’ “MF From Hell” from their self-titled 2002 album … which went all the way to #1 in their homeland. I like Crowded House and Split Enz, but I love the nasty, aggro Datsuns. They remind me of the completely cool and disreputable gunk-punk auteurs Candy Snatchers from my old stomping grounds of Tidewater, Virginia. Except I’m getting whiplash from banging from head. As you can imagine, the title is not safe for work or little ones … because the Datsuns don’t abbreivate when they sing.

“I Got You” – Split Enz

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One of the best singles of the 1980s, “I Got You” is the only Split Enz song that ever made an impact in the United States. A fine blueprint for the terrific pop Split Enz-bandmate Neil Finn would later produce with his band Crowded House. For those who care, this was voted the 11th best New Zealand pop song of all time. (“Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Finn’s Crowded House was #2 … #1 is something called “Nature” by a band called Formylua from 1969).