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Songs We Love: Helium, 'XXX'

A round of reissues for Mary Timony's old band Helium comes with a cleaned-up version of the "XXX" video, proving that the art of the moody, attitude-filled music video peaked in the 1990s.
Helium's rarities compilation Ends With And, plus vinyl reissues of The Dirt Of Luck, The Magic City and the No Guitars EP, come out May 19. Source: Courtesy of the artist

The art of the moody, attitude-filled music video peaked in the 1990s, with the likes of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" and Liz Phair's "Stratford-On-Guy" giving adult angst an iconic aesthetic. Yet few videos are as capricious (and cheeky) as Helium's "XXX," newly cleaned up from its poor YouTube rips. It features the Boston band loitering around a cavernous former hospital, destroying an

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