The lyrics were incomprehensible to me at the time, but I knew even then that I wanted to be Miss American Pie.
I recently read This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin.
Akron/Family has written some of the best songs of the current century. They have released two albums on Young God Records, both of which juxtapose musical sensibilities of the most diverse sort. To love them is to love music, not genres.