The Best of Single AgainIn his final column, Dan Weiss recounts some of his favorite moments from his Single Again column.
Single Again: Adele - 'Someone Like You'/Dixie Chicks - 'Not Ready to Make Nice'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to ex-Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson about co-writing Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice,” which won the 2007 GRAMMY awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and Adele’s “Someone Like You,” which was the best-selling song of 2011.
Single Again: Electric Six - 'Gay Bar'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to Electric Six frontman Tyler Spencer, known onstage as Dick Valentine, about his band’s audacious, unforgettable cult hit “Gay Bar.”
Single Again: Survivor - 'Eye of the Tiger' spoke to Jim Peterik of Survivor about “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme from "Rocky III" and the biggest hit single of 1982. Peterik's new book "Through the Eye of the Tiger" details his surprisingly clean-cut career from his days with the Ides of March to songwriting collaborations with Brian Wilson and others.
Single Again: Alien Ant Farm - 'Smooth Criminal'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to Dryden Mitchell of alt-metal tricksters Alien Ant Farm, who had a No. 1 modern rock hit in 2001 with their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” and a popular, dryly funny video with multiple Jackson references.
Single Again: Squirrel Nut Zippers – 'Hell'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to Tom Maxwell, formerly of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, about the left-field calypso hit “Hell,” which he penned for the band and hit the Top 20 on the modern rock charts, and unintentionally set into motion an entire swing revival in pop.
Single Again: The Verve Pipe – 'The Freshmen'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to Brian Vander Ark of the Verve Pipe about the band’s 1997 No. 1 modern rock hit “The Freshmen” and its controversial backstory. The band’s first proper studio album in 13 years, Overboard, was released this summer.
Single Again: Bubba Sparxxx - 'Ugly'/'Ms. New Booty'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to genre-blurring “country” rapper Bubba Sparxxx about his smash debut single “Ugly,” produced by Timbaland, and the even bigger, stadium-bound booty anthem “Ms. New Booty.” Sparxxx recently released a new album, Made on McCosh Mill Rd. and he’s currently working on a follow-up slated for 2015.
Single Again: Petey Pablo – 'Raise Up'/'Freek-A-Leek'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to Petey Pablo about his two biggest hits, the Timbaland-produced “Raise Up” and the about-face “Freek-A-Leek,” a collaboration with Lil Jon that made the top ten at the height of the crunk movement.
Single Again: The Refreshments - 'Banditos'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to Roger Clyne of the Refreshments about their 1996 Modern Rock top 20 hit, which tells the story of a screwball robbery south of the border.
Single Again: Semisonic - 'Closing Time'For this edition of Single Again, spoke to Dan Wilson of Semisonic about the band’s massive 1998 hit “Closing Time,” which went to #1 on the Modern Rock chart and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song. Wilson’s currently an in-demand songwriter for the likes of Adele, Taylor Swift, Spoon and countless others, and he’s just released a new solo album, 'Love Without Fear.'
Single Again: The Offspring – 'Come Out and Play' & 'Self-Esteem'For this edition of Single Again, spoke Dexter Holland of the Offspring about his band’s back-to-back 1994 hits “Come Out and Play” and “Self-Esteem,” which helped the parent album Smash become the best-selling indie album of all time at over 12 million copies sold worldwide. Smash turns 20 this year.

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