2. “Found a Job”
Talking Heads (1978)
Like many songs by the great Talking Heads, “Found a Job” is prescient in its take on American culture. If you closely follow the lyrics, which feature David Byrne’s classic faux-naïve point of view, they anticipate reality TV. A frustrated couple tired of TV fodder decides to make their own show, which makes them happy. The narrator, swept up in a Talking Heads groove, sees their shift as an improvement — but Byrne, as usual, is being ironic. Making TV may be less boring than watching TV, but it has no moral advantage.
Pictured: Members of the Talking Heads in New York City in 1976, from left: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Martina Weymouth.