The time has come to accept the disquieting but undeniable fact that the single most important song to my adolescent development was "Particle Man." Everyone has a version of this story, the baptismal early-teenage epiphany triggered by a single, unexpected, epochal piece of music. Decades later, you can still recall the exact circumstances: where you were, who you were with, the quality of the light, etc. The transformative moment when "everything turns to color," as a stoned Don Draper would put it. But everyone's soundtrack is unique, and as badass/sexy/etc. as it'd be now to retroactively cite mine as, like, "Waiting Room" or "Bring the Noise" or "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go" or whatever, in this particular case, no, no, it was... More >>>