Dec 032019
 
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Proper dental hygiene seems an odd inspiration for a garage-rock song. But from the recurring line that gave this song its title – “My teeeeth are nice and cleeeaaaannn” – “Teeth” veers into all sorts of oddball directions. It’s a love song for a minute, then a meta song about songwriting itself.

Musically, it never quite settles either. Any moshpit that gets going during that first, extremely mosh-ready minute will soon find itself flummoxed. The thrashing rock song periodically lurches into half-time, like yanking the emergency brake on a train hurtling down the tracks. Singer Ben Roy and his rough-and-tumble band ably handle the twists and turns on this strange rock gem.

Check out more entries in our month-long series on The Best Songs of the 2010s.

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