30-Day Song Challenge, Day 25 - A Song that Makes You Laugh
So many songs make me laugh. Pretty much anything from Monty Python, Adam Sandler or Weird Al Yankovic, and if you don’t know Tom Lehrer, you have to check him out, too (he’s older, from the 70s). But for sheer silliness, and also because they are my homeboys from Philadelphia, I have to go with Dead Milkmen for this one.
Okay, first of all, that name is going to seem very strange to most of you. I’ll explain: Back in the 80s, there was a punk band called Dead Kennedys, because punk culture is about being snotty and obnoxious, and the Kennedy family had suffered many tragic deaths (the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy were not the only horrible things that happened to this family--many accidental deaths occurred, and continue to occur). So I’m guessing Dead Milkmen wanted to show that they were punk, but that they were fun, not mean.
“Punk Rock Girl” is probably their best-known song, although there are many, many really hilarious songs by Dead Milkmen that I would highly recommend. My favorite exchanges from “Punk Rock Girl”, about a day spent with a cute punk chick, are when they go to a record store and ask for Mojo Nixon (another punk artist) and the clueless clerk replies “He don’t work here,” to which they reply, “If you don’t have Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin’!”, and also when they go to leave in her car, and this conversation ensues:
We got into a car
Away we started rollin'
I said "How much d'you pay for this?"
She said "Nothing, man, it's stolen"
As you can imagine, this song is fun to sing along to!
Picture of Dead Milkmen in concert from Wikimedia Commons. Where did all that hair go?
Here's the last one, in case you missed it!
Image Credit » commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Milk1.jpg