Reasons to Miss the ’00s
Last night, Franz Ferdinand sashayed into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and filmed a ‘Live on Letterman’ webcast. The Scottish lads were fantastic: a herky-jerky explosion of pure-pop and patterned shirts. Next month, Franz drop their fourth studio album, ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action,’ and as the ‘Letterman’ footage attests, the new tunes — especially lead single ‘Right Action’ and the relatively restrained synth-wop stunner ‘Stand on the Horizon’ — are nearly on par with the old stuff. Still, nothing beats ‘Take Me Out,’ from the band’s 2004 self-titled debut. Perhaps the decade’s finest indie jam, it’s reason to forget all this ‘90s nostalgia and start looking forward (but you know, still back) and consider the following Reasons to Miss the ’00s.
iPods. White earbuds were the decade’s defining fashion accessory, and in the pre-streaming days, it was amazing to leave the house with your entire pirated record collection in tow.
Righteous political anger. In 2004, if you played a guitar and didn’t write an anti-Bush screed, there’s a 99 percent chance your name was Toby Keith.
CBGB was a functioning rock club, not a fancy-pants retailer or a soon-to-be-released (and chided) feature film.
All of the Ramones were still alive, at least for a little while. Joey died in 2001, followed by Dee Dee in 2002 and Johnny in 2004. That leaves only drummer Tommy from the original foursome. (At least he’s the only one who’ll have to suffer through the CB’s movie.)
A Clash reunion was still possible — at least until 2002, when the world lost another punk icon, Joe Strummer.