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.

Back to School
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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.


  • Screeching Weasel, "Cool Kids"
  • Buffalo Tom, "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here"
  • Frank Zappa, "Catholic Girls"
  • Mission of Burma, "Academy Fight Song"


  • Peter Tosh, "You Can’t Blame the Youth"
  • The Specials, "Rat Race"
  • Steely Dan, "My Old School"
  • The White Stripes, "We’re Going to Be Friends"

Listeners’ Picks

Jim and Greg also hear from some listeners with their suggestions to beat the end-of-summer blues.

  • The Style Council, "Long Hot Summer"
  • The Smiths, "The Headmaster Ritual"
  • Lulu, "To Sir With Love"
  • Bob Seger, "Night Moves"

You and Me The Walkmen

You & 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.

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