Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 25 — A song that makes you laugh

I had a phase eons ago when I was drawn to bands that consciously tried for humor, like The Dead Milkmen (e.g.) and King Missile (e.g.), but that phase didn't last long. Music is well-suited to talky folk parody of the kind Roy Zimmerman makes so well, e.g., "Jerry Falwell's God," and no funny music list would be complete without mentioning the Monty Python classics "Every Sperm Is Sacred" and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

But as it is in life, so it is in music: the funniest things weren't intentionally so, or at least not obviously intentionally so. I love The Smiths in no small part for the way some of their songs go so far toward the lugubrious that they emerge at the humorous: "Unhappy Birthday" and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" are good enough instances.

This is part of the 30-Day Music Meme.

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