4. “Coffee & TV”
With its irresistible rhythmic drive, this is one of my favorite TV-themed songs. It’s about more than TV; most of the songs listed here use TV as an entry point for ideas about alienation and escape. Graham Coxon’s lyrics are open to interpretation, like most good lyrics; to me, they’re about when the world is too much with you, when you want to retreat with coffee, TV, and someone you love, to reboot. The song’s despair is dominant: “Do you feel like a chain store / Practically floored.” But the hope — “We can start over again” — repeats like a prayer.
Pictured: From left, Damon Albarn and Alex James of Blur performed in London’s Hyde Park July 2, 2009.