Anglo For Your Ear: The Streets’ “Dry Your Eyes”

A UK No. 1 for The Streets in 2004, this song confirmed Mike Skinner as a true pop phenomenon and not some over-hyped flash in the pan. It’s the kind of vulnerable hip-hop song that rarely tops the charts anymore in the States. Crying over the girlfriend who just dumped you? Being human? What a punk he is!

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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