A band's short, fast, seemingly tossed-off little heavy-hitters rarely get the respect they deserve in a world that considers "Stairway to Heaven," "A Day in the Life" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" major peaks. You won't find any of those here, which compiles the dirtiest, grungiest, fastest tunes by Nirvana, System of a Down, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys and The Locust, as well as comparable weirdo toss-offs by The Roots, Outkast, The Beach Boys and Maroon 5, all doing their best impressions of garage-bashers.
This playlist is a tribute to the underappreciated amuse-bouche of the musical world, the perfect one-minute, two-minute (or thirty-second) throwaway on a band's album meant to showcase their hard-rocking energy and spontaneity. Vampire Weekend, of all people, have made an art of releasing this token track as a single ("Diane Young," "Cousins"), while The Offspring ("All I Want") and Minor Threat ("Straight Edge") have also released relatively famous ones. But these are mostly deep cuts at their most cutting.