The Best Singles of 2013, #8

band01Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, “Mind Crawler”

I already mentioned this song’s role in the overall scope of Uncle Acid’s excellent third album Mind Control, but on its own “Mind Crawler” is the most incessant hard rock single I’ve heard all year. A simple but roaring garage rocker, it’s the grooviest moment on the album, the one “fun” song before everything goes to pot. Of course, “fun” by Uncle Acid’s estimation is still pretty darn bleak, which you can hear in the sinister lead vocals and subtle piano plinking, not to mention the wicked riff that leads the coda. I’ve had this song on repeat all year. Oh, and the video, which plays up the VHS revivalist gimmick, is one of the year’s coolest.