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May 13, 2003

The Clash.

Daniel Radosh

In my opinion, Music Club had its first bust. The category was songs you disagree with. Most people tried to bring songs they liked, but that expressed opinions or sentiments to which they objected. Several folks, as you'll see, "disagreed" with a narrator's emotional reaction to a specific situation, which strikes me as petty. Here's the mix:

1 Bob Dylan - Neighborhood Bully (I chose this rockin' apologia for Israeli militarism)
2 - Steve Earle - N.Y.C. (disses our fair city)
3 - Johnny Cash - Understand Your Man (mean to his woman)
4 - Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (you know those songs where the singer is a strong woman? This isn't one of them)
5 - Alanis Morrisette - Ironic (too busy on "You Can't Do That on Television" to pay attention in English class)
6 - Adam Brodsky - Cubicle Girl (shallow)
7 - Bloodhound Gang - Three Point One Four (Not sure what Jenn "disagrees" with, other than the song's attitude, which I think everyone agreed is actually pretty funny. She'd be on stronger ground if she'd argued that in fact it's easy to find rhymes for vagina.)
8 - Graham Parker - You Can't Be Too Strong (pro-life)
9 - Bob Marley - Redemption Song (I never thought about it, but Anthony's absolutely right: this is a song that advocates abandoning political struggle in favor of spiritual struggle because bad things that happen on earth -- atomic energy, killing our prophets -- are all part of the plan spelled out in the Book of Revelation.)

I'm afraid our next theme is fairly uninspired too: Songs in your vinyl collection. Although there was a funny moment when Eve said, "I was born in 1980. I don't have a vinyl collection." (She later confessed to owning a Wham LP, so there's one slot taken.)

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