songs

An Oral History of ‘Real American’

“Real American” is one of the most recognizable songs in American culture (embarrassing, but true). Written by vocalist Rick Derringer and released on 1985’s The…

There Is a Perfect Song for Every Occasion — Even CPR

It’s been said that music soothes the savage beast, but how well does it work to help us humans get shit done? News reports on…

Punderstruck: Why Are Heavy Metal Bands So in Love With Punning?

Oscar Wilde once wrote that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. But he was wrong: As far as most people are concerned, that dubious…

Bar-Closing Songs, Ranked

One night during my sophomore year of college, I came back to my small fraternity bedroom to find my dirtbag roommate hosting a random assortment…