What's your favorite song written about television?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by dover1968, Aug 6, 2022 at 10:28 AM.

  1. dover1968

    dover1968 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Frank Zappa "I'm the slime" from "Overnight Sensation". Written nearly 50 years ago, and even more accurate now than it was then.
  2. vvmax

    vvmax Well-Known Member

    Blandford Forum
    Sleeping With The Television On - Billy Joel
  3. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    TV Party - Black Flag
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  4. abzach

    abzach Forum Resident

    I can't think of any.
  5. MEMark

    MEMark Forum Resident

    Maybe Channel Z by B-52s. First good one that came to mind, after immediately dismissing TV Talking Song by Dylan.
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  6. 9 Volt

    9 Volt Far far far more important than Roger Waters' cat

  7. c-eling

    c-eling They're made of light,We never would have guessed

    Elektric Music-TV 2, 1993 (Karl Bartos)
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  8. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    Amused to Death- Roger Waters (entire album and title song )

    57 Channels and Nothing On- Bruce
  9. Paul Rymer

    Paul Rymer Forum Resident

    Television by Japan or Prime Time by The Tubes
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  10. Ginger Ale

    Ginger Ale Snackophile

    New York
    Wasn't that about some other gizmo?
  11. Post-Punk Monk

    Post-Punk Monk Seeking divinity in records from '78-'85 or so…

    North Carolina
    Ned's Atomic Dustbin - "Kill Your Television."
  12. Patanoia

    Patanoia Third Ear Centre

    Grapevine, TX
    Just a couple of lines from Dramarama's "Last Cigarette":

    "Check the sports and weather and the living and the dead.
    You don't have to hear the headlines, you can hear what Johnny Carson said."
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  13. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    First heard this by Manhattan Transfer, on the same album which has their "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" single.
    In their version, it's about overdosing on the idiot box.

    Kingston Trio did the original.

    Otherwise, I'd have to agree with the OP on "I'm The Slime". Indeed, when I saw Zappa on SNL do this with Don Pardo himself, I was in school, studying...television.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2022 at 11:01 AM
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  14. George P

    George P Notable Member


    By far, this one is my favorite.
  15. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

    "Spanish Pipedream" John Prine

    Blow up your TV throw away your paper
    Go to the country, build you a home
    Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
    Try an find Jesus on your own
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  16. Madrid

    Madrid Forum Resident

    Blur - Coffee and TV
  17. Norman garriock

    Norman garriock Forum Resident

    Orkney, Scotland
    Green Shirt - Costello
  18. Less Than Human

    Less Than Human Active Member

    On the TV - The Slow Readers Club
  19. charlie W

    charlie W EMA Level 8

    Area Code 254
    Television Man - Talking Heads
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  20. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    For me a toss up between this (Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy- Television The Drug Of A Nation) and Zappa I'm The Slime as referenced by the OP
  21. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Forum Resident

    Don Henley -- Dirty Laundry

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  22. Ham Sandwich

    Ham Sandwich Forum Resident

    Sherwood, OR, USA
    Talking Heads - Television Man

  23. trednour

    trednour Forum Resident

    Beacon, NY
    The Airplane: "Plastic Fantastic Lover"
    On Sweeping Up The Spotlight," it's introduced as "This is a song about your television set."
  24. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Forum Resident

    Dire Straits -- Lady Writer

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  25. Pete @ Petersham

    Pete @ Petersham Active Member


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