Song Stories

“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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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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