Back to School

Back-to-School Songs & Opinions on The Walkmen

The carefree days of sun, sand and no school have come to an end. Jim and Greg want to help you beat the end of summer blues with their favorite Back-to-School songs.

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Back-to-School Songs

September is a time of mixed emotions. For some, it's an exciting new beginning. For others, it's a time of doom and dread. Either way, here are some of Jim and Greg's favorite Back-To-School songs to kick off the new school year.

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The Walkmen You and Me

The Walkmen recently released their fourth proper album called You and Me. The band has always presented a rather boozy mood, so it's fitting that Jim describes this album as about as fun as a hangover. He compares their sound to Tom Waits meets The Velvet Underground, but doesn't think they pull it off. Jim is also not impressed by the instrumentation and gives You and Me a Trash It. Greg thinks The Walkmen do a great job of creating a murky, lost in space vibe, but wishes there was more variety. He thinks only about half of the songs are successes, and would therefore recommend listeners Try It.


Featured Songs

  1. The Dead Milkmen, Punk Rock Girl, Beelzebubba, Fever, 2008
  2. Chuck Berry, School Day, After School Session, Chess, 1957
  3. Screeching Weasel, Cool Kids, Bark Like a Dog, Fat Wreck, 1996
  4. Bob Marley & the Wailers, You Can't Blame the Youth, Talkin' Blues, Tuff Gong, 1991
  5. Style Council, Long Hot Summer, Introducing the Style Council, Polydor, 1983
  6. The Smiths, The Headmaster Ritual, Meat is Murder, Sire, 1985
  7. Buffalo Tom, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here, Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks, Lava, 1996
  8. Frank Zappa, Catholic Girls, Joe's Garage: Act I, Zappa Records, 1979
  9. Lulu, To Sir With Love, To Sir, With Love, Fontana, 1967
  10. Bob Seger, Night Moves, Night Moves, Capitol Records, 1976
  11. The Specials, Rat Race, More Specials, 2 Tone, 1980
  12. Boomtown Rats, I Don't Like Mondays, The Fine Art of Surfacing, Columbia, 1979
  13. Steely Dan, My Old School, Countdown to Ecstasy, ABC, 1973
  14. Mission of Burma, Academy Fight Song, Signals, Calls and Marches, Ace of Hearts, 1981
  15. The White Stripes, We're Going to Be Friends, White Blood Cells, Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2001
  16. The Walkmen, Seven Years of Holidays, You & Me, Gigantic Music, 2008
  17. The Walkmen, Donde Esta La Playa, You & Me, Gigantic Music, 2008
  18. The Walkmen, The Rat, Bows + Arrows, Record Collection, 2004
  19. Mum, School Song Misfortune, Go Smear the Poison Ivy, Hostess Entertainment, 2007
  20. Violent Femmes, Telephone Book, 3, Slash, 1989
  21. Judas Priest, Victim of Changes (Live), Sad Wings of Destiny, Gull, 1976
  22. Jane's Addiction, Mountain Song, Nothing's Shocking, Warner Bros., 1988
  23. Iron Butterfly, Easy Rider, Metamorphosis, Rhino, 1970
  24. Black Sabbath,“War Pigs,”Paranoid, 1970
  25. Korn, Got the Life, Follow the Leader, Immortal/Epic, 1998
  26. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath, Vertigo, 1970

Footnotes Screeching Weasel Buffalo Tom Frank Zappa Mission of Burma Peter Tosh The Specials Steely Dan The White Stripes