Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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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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