14. “Kicking Television”
TV as addiction? Check. It’s a common theme among the songs about TV. Jeff Tweedy’s version, though, has a twist, as it teases people who are always making self-help pledges. His speaker is kicking many addictions at once, including sloth and shopping. “I’m serious, you’ll see,” he begins over a driving beat, “I’m working on my abs.” No, this isn’t a pro-TV song, so much as a goof on extremes of behavior and people who get sucked into compulsion and self-loathing.
Pictured: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performed in St Louis, Missouri on October 4, 2009.