Songs of 2012 Countdown: #8 Die Antwoord

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Yes, it's the Indy's annual — and highly subjective — countdown of the year's most intriguing, compelling and just plain enjoyable songs. You can pick up our December 26 issue to find the complete story, along with a rundown of local musicians' favorites. In the meantime, here's #8....

Die Antwoord, “I Fink U Freaky”
OK, so Die Antwoord has slipped down the list a bit since “Enter the Ninja” was my No. 3 pick back in 2010. But maybe that’s just because this year’s overall music offerings are so much better. What’s certain is that the outrageous performance-art personas of emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er have helped them survive their transition from the indies to the majors and back again. And this feel-odd-hit-of-the-summer proves the South African rave-hop duo’s music is as worthy of attention as the over-the-top imagery that accompanies it. — BF

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