Track of the Day: “Monster In My Pants”

In a Slack chat today among Atlantic staffers reminiscing about their favorite Nickelodeon shows from ’80s, Jennie wrote:

My fondest memory of my Nickelodeon watching is the time they played the video for “Monster” by Fred Schneider from the B52s. Nick Rocks was supposed to show cute, child-friendly videos (like the Cars video in this commercial). I guess they thought “Monster” was child-friendly because … it featured a dancing, animated penis and women wearing giant plastic naked butts and the refrain, “There’s a monster in my pants and he does a nasty dance”?

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Track of the Day: Phantogram’s “Bill Murray” (Premiere)

[Ryan Burleson]

“We named it Bill Murray because we always pictured a sad Bill Murray for the visuals of that song,” Phantogram’s Josh Carter writes via email. “We want him to be in the music video.” Whether Mr. Suntory Time will appear in said video remains to be seen, but listeners should have no problem catching a Murryian vibe between the lines of the song, premiering here at The Atlantic today. “Bill Murray” lopes along gently, its side-chained synth buzz, breezy slide guitar, and xylophone clinks making a soft bed for Sarah Barthel’s airy vocals, which ache with a loneliness that many of the actor’s characters could relate to. The duo’s new record, Voices, arrives February 18 on Republic.

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