Music To Your Ears

Thirteen Tv-Related Tracks

Jessica Cassyle Carr
2 min read
I'm the Slime
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Plenty of music is worthy of a television-themed playlist, but this mix of sometimes sad, bitter or freaky songs is mostly relegated to the realms of punk, proto-punk and post-punk. The Web doesn’t yield some of the MP3s I wanted to include ("I’m the Slime" by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, or The Victims’ original "Television Addict"). I also purposefully excluded songs that would have worked nicely ("I Hate the TV" by Violent Femmes) and included a few songs with no mention of television ("Look Back in Anger" by Television Personalities), but the TV theme is obeyed overall. I like that most of these songs regard television with some degree of hostility: It’s nice being reminded to be skeptical of the establishment … while enjoying some really sick guitar parts.

1) "TV Casualty" • The Misfits •
Static Age

2) "TV Set" • The Cramps •
Bad Music for Bad People

3) "Look Back In Anger" • Television Personalities •
And Don’t the Kids Just Love It

4) "T.V. Eye" • The Stooges •
Fun House

5) "Television Addict" • Hoodoo Gurus •

6) "TV Party" • Black Flag •

7) "Kill Your Television" • Ned’s Atomic Dustbin •
God Fodder

8) "5-45" • Gang Of Four •

9) "Coffee & TV" • Blur •

10) "TV Movie" • Pulp •
This Is Hardcore

11) "Nature Boy" • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds •
Abattoir Blues

12) "Dancing Choose" • TV On The Radio •
Dear Science

13) "See No Evil" • Television •
Marquee Moon

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