This song by Tullycraft is a three-chord celebration of all the three-chord bands that only the indier than thou have gotten into: the indie, the twee, the just-barely-punk, and all the bands that insist they defy labelling. It also imagines a world in which the boy wins back the heart of the girl in the pop song by showing off his encyclopedic knowledge of the indie scene. If you're sitting here thinking that I'm a complete loser for having never heard of some of these bands, then you, like it or not, are indier than thou. Or at least indier than me.

To celebrate my stumbling onto such a neat list of bands, I threw together this mix, with a few other pop songs to fill out the sound. Twenty songs, most of them around three minutes long, most using only three chords. If I've done my job, the mix is a lot like the song: a nice diversion, light and easy, with just a little bit of angst thrown in for the teens in the audience.

True, he likes the Breeders, thinks Green Day's pretty swell,
but what about the Bartlebees and Neutral Milk Hotel?
It's okay for a Sunny Day but that Sting album won't do
so when I play you Allen Clapp you'll know baby I love you!


1. Tullycraft - Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid to Know About
2. Breeders - Cannonball
3. Green Day - Church On Sunday
4. Bartlebees - (television personalities) - My Imaginary Friend
5. Neutral Milk Hotel - Snow Song
6. Sunny Day Real Estate - Rain Song
7. Sting - (the Police) - Every Little Thing She Does...
8. Allen Clapp - Why Sting
chorus: REM - Pop Song '89

Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about

Sure he buys you records, if you like them by U2.
But if you want the Pastels, baby, here's what you should do:
Get on your bike and take a hike and meet me at our spot,
Just you and me--and Halo Benders (Hey, that's pretty hot!)--
and we'll sing


9. U2 - All Along the Watchtower (live)
10. The Pastels - Yoga
11. Halo Benders - Don't Touch My Bikini
chorus: Silverchair - Pop Song for Us Losers

Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about

break it down now!

Here's a way to spend our day with Lois and the Crabs,
we'll have some fun and visit Cub and maybe we'll hold hands.
We can keep the Lemonheads and Weezer he gave you,
'cause you and me got Heavenly and Nothing Painted Blue, hey-hey!

12. Lois - RSVP
13. The Crabs - Debutante
14. Cub - Pillow Queen
15. Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson
16. Weezer - Say It Ain't So
17. Heavenly - Starshy
18. Nothing Painted Blue - Let's Kiss
chorus: Lucky Boys Confusion - Dumb Pop Song

Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about 3-2-1
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about hey-hey
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about (one more time)

one more time! Tullycraft - Twee

Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about hey-hey
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about hey-hey
Pop songs your new boyfriend's too stupid to know about


Note: where I was unable to find a song by the original band, or preferred a song by another closely-related band or side project, the song title is preceded by the name of the artist of record in parentheses.

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