From the same concept album that brought you Friends with Aliens in the Season 1 episode “Checkpoint Gnarly”, Tacos & Drugs is a groove jam that combines one mans quest to find tacos, while also doing drugs. Give it a listen, and watch your mind explode.
So when 8Tracks asked Adam, Ders, and Blake to create their own internet playlists there was no shortage of music to choose from; just the question of how to create the best mix.
Today we’re bringing you the “Ders’ Pop the Dragon Mix”.
It’s a young go hard of beats that pays respect to the old school while bulldozing a trail with it’s new school swag. I have little idea what I just said, but see what you think after you give it a listen and set the mood right. Kells be praised.
This week’s selection is a simple one. Meant to clear the air, to set a pace, or because someone let the K’s run on their iTunes, you’ll often hear Kanye West’s “Dark Fantasy” in the Workaholics writer’s room.
Before breakfast is had, before coffee poured, before the day’s first butthole is tightened, Kanye’s song resonates through the hallways on many a morning. Can we get much higher? Let’s not even go there.
Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?” has been a writer’s room heat-rock since Season 1.
Usually tuned up at the beginning of a session, it sets a tone the rest of the day strives to follow. “What’s my name?” More like “What’s it gonna take to make something as good as this song?” (The answer, btw, is usually multiple energy drinks, a will to win, and time.)
The catchy chorus has also inspired a long series of parody lyrics, from the oft-sung “Oh-nana, what’s my butt?” to the lesser known cult hit, “Oh-nana, bust a nut…”
Riri has a cupboard full of hits, but none gets the Workaholics writing staff fired up like this artist anthem. Well, maybe “Shy Ronnie”…
This song is one we don’t play a lot; but when we do, the moment certainly calls for it. When a tricky episode note gets tackled, a joke gets hit on just the right note, or either Kyle, Ders, Blake, or Adam points to a writer’s assistant with the song cued up, this lyrical poem blasts out of the nearest speakers.
This is a handshake song, meaning when the writers hear it, they go around the room and thank one another for being there. For contributing. For inspiring. To an untrained eye, it would look like glad-handing and back-patting. Which it is.
From time to time, a song will come along that divides the writer’s room— some will love it, some will hate it, and some will just be in the bathroom while it’s on and not have an opinion.
Lil B’s “Bill Bellamy” is one of those songs.
The opinions have nothing to do with anyone’s feeling on former MTV VJ and “How to Be a Player” star Bill Bellamy; he’s universally praised in the room. But as Little B swags his way through his felony count, see if you find yourself all about the swag, or simply swagged out.
When a particularly well told laugher, slam, one-liner or pun is delivered, Paul Simon’s “Call Me Al” is one of the songs most often cued up to play as the writers exchange hearty handshakes, hugs, and congratulations. It’s a heartwarming few minutes.
Doubt it’s power? Invite some friends over, sit in a room for a few hours discussing ideas, and then play this song after an A+ of an offering. If you’re not out of your seat with a smile on your face, you clearly are suffering a deep depression from which there is no return. Or you need to fire the friends you brought over first, for some new, fresher-voiced friends. We’re sorry for your situation and wish you the best as you struggle to right the ship in either instance.
In researching this post, I learned Paul Simon decided to stick with the music thing after this song was released (from the album Graceland), and has had some mild success.
The other guy in the video is apparently still performing, too. I bet his name is Al, hence the inclusion. We here at Workaholics want to wish them the best in their struggles to make it in this crazy world. Maybe one day we’ll make a song that they play to celebrate their good deeds.
Music is a big part of making Workaholics, and from time to time the guys like to kick back with a song to focus and reenergize. Sometimes it’s a sonic dance party, other times it’s a lovingly thoughtful ballad; no matter what the song, the mood is sure to change.
Now playing in the Writer’s Room is the Chicago love poem “Dennehy” by Serengeti. For Showrunner Kevin Etten and Anders Holm, who grew up in the Chicago area, this song is a hometown callback with a serious series of shout outs.
You’ll never look at Brian Dennehy, O’Douls, or onions the same way.
Purchase this song, along with any other great Serengeti tracks—