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“TV Party”

Black Flag | 1982

Although such songs as "Nervous Breakdown" and "Rise Above" were dead serious hardcore punk compositions, Black Flag's best-known song is probably their most light-hearted one, which poked fun at those who were content to sit in front of the boob tube, and veg out. "Occasional humor made the anguish both more believable and more horrific," biographer Michael Azerrad pointed out. "As in the sarcastic 'TV Party' - 'We've got nothing better to do / Than watch TV and have a couple of brews,' sings a charmingly off-key guy chorus over a goofy quasi-surf backing track." In a scene from the 1984 cult film Repo Man, Emilio Estevez can be heard singing "TV Party."

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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