Top Seven Anti-Consumerist Songs

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6. "Shopping" - The Jam
Cheeky and equally feisty British mod rockers The Jam present us with this gem that examines the bourgeois fascination with spending its money. Paul Weller sums up Black Friday madness with this line: "I'm trying to pick up a friendly bargain, but it's not like the adverts all make out/And there's no one to greet you as a friend."  Truer words have never been spoken. 

Sorry, the bargains are severely overrated on Black Friday. You wasted your time in that line. Wouldn't it be better spent with your kids? Listen to Mr. Weller. Considering his status as a chieftain of the mod movement, this man knows of fashion -- and can probably sniff out the best deals on threads.

7. "Empire of the Senseless" - the Mekons
We end our list with another late '70s British punk stalwart, The Mekons. This group hints at our message with this noisy, Celtic sounding, no wave-track. Has our fascination with saving and spending turned us into a nation of senseless buffoons? When we went to Target on Tuesday and saw people already camped out for Black Friday, we couldn't help but think we are headed down a real road of sadess. 

The Mekons sum up our abhorrence with the last line of the song: "Afraid of being swamped by selfishness and greed." Let's not lot let greed dictate our holidays people. Hope you enjoyed your turkey and remembered what these few days off are actually about, having to have conversations with annoying family members and an excuse to overeat.

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