These tracks pack a DGAF mentality that is beyond impressive and that is the very reason we love them. Give them a listen and you might fall for them too- or not.
There are songs that stand out because they’re “classics.” There are songs that stand out because they changed the world. And then there are songs that stand out because they just don’t care as a result of the musicians giving 0 thought to mainstream notions of what music should be.
Enjoy, but be forewarned, the tracks get progressively, aggressively, stranger.
5. 100 Gecs – “25 bands and a geccco”
This entire list could be composed of songs by the experimental duo from St. Louis. But I decided to do a (totally subjective) search for the song that truly gives no damn, and settled on this one because it is so nonsensical that it doesn’t even have Genius annotations and it’s one of the duos lesser known songs which frankly deserves at least one listen (and maybe another 10 so you can try to understand what the heck it means and then let me know, PLEASE).
Unlike the lyric that goes “I feel like I know,” I sure as hell don’t know what this song is about. But as with the gecs’ other songs, it is catchy and so out there that you will return to their discography trying to understand what makes their brand of subversive pop (that kinda sounds like a descendant of Crazy Frog) so fascinating.
“And I’ve got 25 cans of the pesto”
4. Frank Zappa – “Muffin Man”
Zappa was bound to be on this list since he was one of the original musical eclecticists. I picked this song because I love the contrast between the Jimi Hedrix-esque instrumental and, well, lyrics inspired by a nursery rhyme. The spoken word intro is my favorite part, being reminiscent of a cheap, vintage horror movie, and is a performance in itself. You can tell Zappa enjoyed recording this and gave no thought to the critics who dismissed his lyrics as “shallow.” Zappa truly rocked.
“Some people like cupcakes better. I, for one care less for them!”
3. Beck – “Loser”
Okay, once again, most of Beck’s discography could make up this list. It was hard to pick just one song, but I decided to settle on what he’s most known for because he went all in with this one. It’s one of the best examples of Beck’s genre-mixing style and often nonsensical lyrics. In fact, some say he made this song to show that people don’t really listen to the lyrics if an instrumental is particularly catchy. I’m not sure how true this is because it’s hard not to revel over the line, “With the plastic eyeballs, spray-paint the vegetables.” It is evident that Beck doesn’t care what we think.
“A slab of turkey-neck and it’s hanging from a pigeon wing”
2. Ween – “Piss Up a Rope”
If you know Ween, you KNOW they’re weird (and make some people very uncomfortable). This track is something of an angry, odd break-up song, which may already be painfully obvious to you. Not gonna lie; it’s pretty gross but the country-esque tune and those lyrics are a hilarious combo in a 5th-grade-toilet-humor sort of way. Also, Ween clearly didn’t care.
“Uh, you can piss up a rope and feel the pissy dribble.”
1. The Pocket Gods – 100Xrated30
If you thought things couldn’t get weirder post-Ween, you’re in for a RIDE. So, this is an album, not a song, but each track is around 30 seconds long, so I’m going to give the entire album this spot. I don’t have much to say about this one because it really just needs to be experienced and it’s exactly what the title promises: 100 tracks, 30 seconds each, all X-rated (oh, SO X-rated).
It’s also worth mentioning that the reason the tracks are so short is so the band can get a bigger payout (since a song needs to play for just 30 seconds for the dough to roll in) – as they eloquently state in the track “no point in doing music if you don’t fucking get paid enough for a box of Kleenex.”