Written by Malvina Reynolds back in 1962, “Little Boxes” was a satiric protest song about suburbia and it was initially a hit for Pete Seeger. The Reynolds version would become the theme song for the TV series Weeds in 2005 which would lead to various covers from the likes of Elvis Costello, Linkin Park and Death Cab For Cutie. This is not only a catchy little tune but its lyrics still resonate and are still very relevant today which makes it a timeless classic we’ll probably hear for many more years to come.
One of the first clear proofs that Flight Of The Conchords was not just some weird yet clever TV show but a goldmine for genius parody tunes was “Robots” which saw Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement in cardboard robot suits singing about the distant future and the depressing state of humanity in said distant future.
Spoilers: the humans are dead.
Including a classy binary solo and some unexpected but very welcome burst of “robo-boogie”, Robots is simply unmissable.
With Twin Peaks very near to getting a revival, why not look back at one of the most memorable tunes from the iconic cult series? From the show’s genius composer Angelo Badalamenti, “Just You” is sung by tortured biker pretty boy James (James Marshall) who is backed by Laura Palmer lookalike Maddy (Sheryl Lee) and love interest Donna (Lara Flynn Boyle) and it is every bit as poetic, knowingly naive, playfully bizarre and sexy as you’d expect from a David Lynch creation.