What’s your favorite song by a one-hit wonder—that’s not the hit? 

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What’s the best musical performance you saw on a TV show?

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What’s your favorite non-guitar solo?

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“We didn’t start the fire”: 10 songs to use as your presidential farewell track

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The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes gets a peppy, Devo-style theme song

In 1980, when Devo released its signature hit, “Whip It,” the band considered the galloping new wave tune to be a message of encouragement to embattled U.S. president Jimmy Carter. “Everybody was totally freaked out by American politics and American foreign policy,” co-writer Mark Mothersbaugh is quoted as saying. “At…

Will Ferrell apparently throws a pretty kick-ass drum-off/quinceañera

Comedian Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith have previously parlayed their noted resemblance to each other into a viral Tonight Show clip and a pretty decent cover of “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” But the celebrity doppelgängers apparently weren’t satisfied with mere TV fame, reviving their bitter,…

Adrien Grenier and a guy from Devo forgot that 9/11 is serious business

It’s been 14 years since 9/11, and yet some celebrities haven’t learned that the American public still takes the whole thing pretty seriously. Take, for example, earth-conscious, left-leaning Adrian Grenier, who’s in low-grade hot water with a bunch of online Entourage fans for posting an image of the Twin Towers last…

Mark Mothersbaugh explains the origins of Devo in a charming animated short

Mark Mothersbaugh is the rare dynamo who seems totally down-to-earth. Despite his illustrious career as Devo co-founder, frequent Wes Anderson collaborator, and Rugrats and Lego Movie composer, he always gave the impression of being simply a humble yet extraordinarily talented geek on a mission. This new animated…

Behind-the-scenes chaos derailed Square Pegs’ new-wave promise

Some TV shows never even make it past the first season. Maybe a series lacked the ratings to match its artistic accomplishments, or maybe it floundered its way into the network crosshairs, but it’s time to look at one-season series outside the immediate context of ratings and renewals. One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And…

Do you have anybody’s autograph?

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Introducing the bands: 22 songs that double as band histories and/or mission statements

The Monkees’ theme song couldn’t be more perfectly efficient, probably because it was written—by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart—as the intro to the band’s TV show. And it reveals pretty much everything you might need to know about the group: They’re here, they’re a little weird (people even say they monkey around),…