Hear This: Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die proved that funny songs don’t have to suck
In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re talking about great songs by non-musicians.
Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die, “The Ballad Of Bird And Fox” (2010)
Despite being made up entirely of professional humor writers, Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die was never exactly a comedy band. Sure, the trio (Paul Rust, Mike Cassady, and the late Harris Wittels) had their share of joke songs—“I Got A Perm For Our Camping Trip” and “She’s Got Titties (In All The Right Places)” both build up to obvious punchlines, for instance—but the group was just as devoted to the musicality of its surprisingly powerful piano pop melodies as it was to the absurd situations that populate the lyrics.
Case in point: the title track from the band’s 2010 EP, The Ballad Of Bear And …