Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Sixteen Songs For Mitt Romney To Do Laundry To

The new Guided by Voices album, Let's Go Eat the Factory, starts with the song called "Lasers and Laundry"—which is a perfect sort of song title for recovering D&D dorks who grow up to be middle-aged indie-rock dorks with non-exciting lives. (A demographic with a large overlap among Guided by Voices fans, I would imagine.) So I've been thinking about other good songs about laundry—good songs, perhaps, to play while you do the laundry. I've been making a list. And now that we are supposed to believe that Mitt Romney does his own laundry ("Honey, how much detergent should I use?" "Oh, just a little. Like 13.9 percent….") maybe he'd appreciate some of these tunes, too.

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bshep (#746)

Belle and Sebastian: The Blues are Still Blue

(actually, I have no idea what this song is about, but a launderette and laundry figure prominently in the chorus)

Dave Bry (#422)

Oh, good one. And it reminded me of another one: The Who's "Substitute," which ends with the line, "Substitute you for my mum/At least I'll get my washing done." (It actually reminded me of Madness's "Our House" first, in which the mother irons a shirt—does that count as laundry? Maybe. But then that reminded me of Pete Townsend's mum.) So, addendum in the comments!

falseberry (#11,323)

Pretenders, "Watching the Clothes."

Also, delightful to put in the same sentence as Mitt though slightly off (i.e., soap but no clothes): Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, "Ted, Woody and Junior."

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