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The 35 Best Breakup Songs Ever

Murder! Suicide! Murder-suicide! Here’s a compendium of pop’s most genius works of staggering heartbreak, with sentiments just caustic enough to make you consider sticking with dogs for companionship. Brenda Kahn – “Mint Juleps and Needles” (1992) [embedded content] Folk-punk singer-songwriter Brenda Kahn obviously knows a few things about shitty boyfriends (Creem once called her the...

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Confessions of a Rush Fan: Our 1992 Interview with Neil Peart

This article originally appeared in the March 1992 issue of SPIN. In light of Neil Peart’s recent passing, we’re republishing it here. Rush? Yes, Rush. Not the movie or the B.A.D. II song. Certainly not “Rush Rush” by Paula Abdul or Rush Street by Richard Marx. And not even Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. Just...

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Eddie Vedder Breaks His Silence: Our 1995 Pearl Jam Cover Story

This article originally appeared in the January 1995 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it in celebration of Vitalogy’s 25th anniversary. “Everything has changed / Absolutely nothing’s changed” —Pearl Jam, “Corduroy,” from Vitalogy “I feel like throwing my sleeping bag into the truck and just driving.” As dusk settles on the Saturday evening before Halloween, Eddie Vedder is on...

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Brother of Mercy: Our 2002 Leonard Cohen Profile

This story originally appeared on SPIN’s March 2002 issue. In honor of Cohen’s posthumous album Thanks for the Dance, we’ve republished it below. In 1994, Leonard Cohen disappeared from public life. Cohen happens to be one of the most underappreciated artists in rock’n’roll history. But in the early 1990s, with works like I’m Your Man...

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MF Doom: Our 2004 Profile

This story originally appeared in SPIN’s December 2004 issue. We’ve republished it below in honor of MM..FOOD’s 15th anniversary. In a recording studio somewhere in downtown Atlanta, around ten o’clock on a warm, crickety August evening, the Crunkies are hollering. That’s what MF Doom, and his wife, Jasmine, call them, the Crunkies—as in, “If you...

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Neil Young: Our 1993 Artist of the Year

This story originally appeared in SPIN’s January 1994 issue. In honor of Young’s birthday, we’ve digitized it below. Neil Young and I were talking in the deserted parking lot of the Mountain House, a restaurant on Skyline Boulevard in the mountains above Stanford University, near La Honda, where Young lives. Although I’d driven down from...

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The 10 Best Things About Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’

A version of this story originally ran on November 12, 2014, for Like a Virgin’s 30th anniversary. It defies logic a little bit, but the biggest hit off of a diamond-selling album by one of the biggest pop stars of all-time has become underrated. On the crit-praise aggregator website AcclaimedMusic.net, “Like a Virgin” ranks as the...

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Girl on a Wire: Our 2000 Fiona Apple Cover Story

This cover story originally appeared in the February 2000 issue of SPIN. We’ve digitized it in honor of When the Pawn…‘s 20th anniversary. The scent of corned beef wafts through the air. LeAnn Rimes and Elton John croon softly in the background. A surly host downstairs, dark wood tables, bowls of pickles. No, this isn’t some dank...

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How Rage Against the Machine Found Strength in Politics

This cover story originally appeared in the March 2000 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it as Rage Against the Machine reunites for shows in 2020. Nobody expected Mexico’s embattled presidente, Ernesto Zedillo, to bestow Rage Against the Machine with a sparkly key to the city. But as security is double-checked at Mexico City’s Sports Palace before the Los Angeles...

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Enemies of the State: Rage Against the Machine Strike Back

This cover story originally appeared in the March 2000 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it as Rage Against the Machine reunites for shows in 2020. Nobody expected Mexico’s embattled presidente, Ernesto Zedillo, to bestow Rage Against the Machine with a sparkly key to the city. But as security is double-checked at Mexico City’s Sports Palace before the Los Angeles...

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