Revisiting Spoon’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ on its 10th Anniversary

It still holds up.

Spoon has come a long way. Their first album, Telephono, in 1996 received mixed reviews. This year they released, Hot Thoughts, which got raving reviews. But it was Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga in 2007 that really put them on the map.

The album brought them to #1 as Billboard’s top Independent Albums and Pitchfork gave it an 8.5 rating, calling it “best new music.” They also declared the single from the album “The Underdog” as Spoon’s “earnest compassion for the fucked-over.” They wrote in their review, “’Underdog’ is a battle cry against succumbing to mediocrity masquerading as a middle finger to the standard-bearers.”

After tens years, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is still just as relatable and catchy as hell.

Tracks like “Black Like Me,” “Don’t Make Me A Target” and “The Underdog” band all the freaks and geeks together, giving a sense of solidarity. There’s a proper dose of nostalgia with tracks like “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case” and “Finer Feelings.” And, of course, the obligatory love songs like “Don’t You Evah” and “The Ghost Of You Lingers” are in there, making this album very well-rounded.

On their sixth album, the band had finally refined their experimental vibe that so many critics had previously commented on. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is praised for its craftsmanship and attention to detail. Spoon always loved dabbling with new instruments and sounds, and this album was the one to finally capture that passion in a cohesive way.

Since Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon has released three more full-length albums, including this year’s Hot Thoughts—giving them a discography with a total of nine albums. Currently on tour, they’ll be making it to New York for the Panorama Festival on the 28th.

Even ten years later, we’re still gaga over Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

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