Where were you this morning, eleven years ago? Heading off to work? Going to preschool? Hell, maybe you weren’t even born yet. However, no matter where you were on September 11th, 2001, the date will forever be etched into the United States as a day of terror and anguish. However, in times like this, we often see the worst in our society, as well as the best in our society. Given this, Mind Equals Blown recognizes some of the best songs from albums that released on September 11th.
1. “Not the Same” – Ben Folds
On September 11th, 2001, piano-laden solo artist Ben Folds released his latest LP entitled Rockin’ the Suburbs. After looking at the plethora of releases that came out on that Tuesday, it’s easy to see that Suburbs was the strongest of the crop. The easy standout for the record is the coming-of-age classic “Not the Same,” as Folds regales his listener through a tale of adolescence, humiliation and the awkward branching out that is life before adulthood. The album is easily one of the Folds’ strongest to date and this just might be one of his most definitive singles.
2. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” – Jay-Z
Also released on the 11th of September was one of the most influential and polished releases in modern hip-hop: Jay-Z’s The Blueprint. I don’t think there could have been a better title for this album, as front to back, this album feels like something that’ll be seen as a fundamental piece of the hip-hop foundation for years to come. The single “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” does an excellent job of leading the release off with the perfect single for an artist like Jay-Z: big, bold, cocky and most importantly, anthemic. It’s releases like The Blueprint that reassure you that no matter what direction the world of hip-hop takes, it’ll still be seen as one of most exceptional releases in its genre.
3. “Nothing Came Out” – The Moldy Peaches
Our final release is The Moldy Peaches’ self-titled record, also released on this day. Though the group has most famously been pegged as “the band that did that song in Juno,” it turns out they had an extensive career long before the fictitious Minnesotan teen knocked boots with her best friend. The duo of Kimya Dawson and Adam Green really hit their stride with this stripped-down, five-minute ode to odd, quirky love and the inevitable loss that results. Dawson’s breathy, beautiful as always vocals make for a nice touch to the track, just like on any of their material. This song is just a small gem in a bag full of goodies from the group.