Released: April 2002

The debut single proper from The Vines propelled Craig Nicholls and co to instant stardom in 2002. Clocking in at just one minute 34 seconds, it remains as instantly infectious now as it did upon its release. But while Nicholls' sneering vocal shows him at his nonchalant best, it's Rob Schnapf's clean-as-a-whistle production that's really clever. The man responsible for Beck's 'Loser' turns 'Highly Evolved' from a messy three-chord grunge racket (see the band's early demos of it) into something so pristine sounding that it's closer to 'More Than A Feeling' than 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Amazingly though, it still manages to come across as raw, ever so slightly scary and clever as fuck. Mr Cobain would've been proud.

 

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