Merrill Garbus aka Tune-Yards opens her Whokill album with this love-hate anthem which subverts the anthem of patriotic obedience "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee."
Garbus outlines during the song an America of Salvation Army shelters, historic shame and ingrained inequality.
We cannot all have it Well, what am I supposed to say to those other guys So sorry, but you only stood half a chance Now it's over and they're walkin' all over you.
"That's the whole idea of the American dream, that we can all have it as long as we work hard," explained Garbus to Uncut. "And that is untrue. There are so many ways in our country where we are not giving the same opportunities to everybody."
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.