So it's almost the Fourth of July -- a day when we are all obligated to find a barbecue, pretend it's sunny, get drunker than we probably should in the middle of the day, and complain about British people. As is the case with so many national holidays, this whole deal is a pain in the ass for the antisocial, the unpatriotic, and, most of all, the generally disgruntled among us. Oh, and the British. Fourth of July ain't really the best for the British. So for those of you not totally stoked on celebrating the U.S. of A. this Monday -- or who just want a little realism along with your patriotic rara -- here's a little playlist to remind you why America kind of sucks.
"I'm So Bored with the U.S.A.", the Clash
In all fairness, the Clash had plenty of terrible things to say about their own country as well, but holy jeez. If this song is anything to go by, America is awash with junkie soldiers, murderers, corrupt politicians, and cultural imperialists. Maybe they're just bitter because we kicked their redcoat-lovin' asses. But actually, there are some valid points here -- we should probably hang our heads in shame. Big sigh.
"Sleep Now in the Fire," Rage Against the Machine
No one can inspire feelings of annoyance and disappointment like Michael Moore. If you like him, then you're depressed because you know he's right about everything and the world is doomed. And if you hate him, he's a puffy omnipresent leftist annoyance. Either way, everyone's bummed right? Yay! So here he is, looking earnest alongside the perma-angry members of Rage Against the Machine, helping to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. If this song doesn't make you want to do something un-American, nothing ever will (*cough* -- pussy -- *cough*).