#3. “America Loves Gangsters” by CunninLynguists
According to Wikipedia, the tastefully-named CunninLynguists is a “portmanteau of the words ‘cunning’ and ‘linguist’, and is also a play on the word ‘cunnilingus’.” Ohhh, now I get it! Anyways, they’re just another decent group with a terrible name (like Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Archers of Loaf), and a personal favorite track is “America Loves Gangsters,” a song about our country’s blood lust for people like Al Pacino in Scarface and “While Eddie Nash controls bankrolls in Wonderland/Tony Soprano hits channels and holds down On-Demand.”
#2. “Freaks and Geeks” by Childish Gambino
It’s fun writing about crappy songs that mention TV shows, but it’s even more fun listening to a GOOD song that bring up good shows, like Childish Gambino’s “Freaks and Geeks,” the recently released first single from Donald Glover’s EP. Like most of his songs, it’s a mixture of both intentionally hilarious disses (“Got her picture in my iPhone, what do y’all think?/While y’all niggas masturbate, I’m in that Ariel Pink”) and somber realizations, like the final line, “My clique should be canceled/”Freaks and Geeks”,” a reference to both the short-lived Apatow comedy and Glover’s show, “Community”, which when he was writing the song was on the verge of cancellation.
#1. “TV Party” by Black Flag
Warming Glow’s love for Henry Rollins is no secret (and this writer is finally watching season two of “Sons of Anarchy”…), and with good reason: he’s been a badass since the early 1980s, when he was a member of hardcore punk greats State of Alert and Black Flag. One of the latter’s best songs is “TV Party,” a sardonic ode to stupid people who have “nothing better to do than to watch TV and have a couple of brews.” While I don’t necessarily agree with the song’s message, I would have probably have felt the same way in 1982 if my only TV options were “That’s Incredible”, “Hill Street Blues”, “Dallas”, and SNL-ripoff “Fridays”.
I want more like this!
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