Here’s what NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour team was paying attention to — and what you should listen to this weekend to kick off Pride Month.
“About Fucking Time”, by Lizzo
Everything about Lizzo’s new song “About Damn Time” just makes me smile – from the opening baseline to how she says “it’s a bad hour” and “it’s thirty thirty”. There’s one particular section that’s become a trending dance on TikTok, so I hear it all the time and it’s constantly stuck in my head:
In a minute I need a sentimental
Male or female to pump me
I feel difficult, I walk in my Balenci-ussy
Tryna bring out the fabulous
It’s good that nobody can see me, because I’m not a dancer, and the fact that the song makes me dance is remarkable. Lizzo has a really fun tutorial and she’ll teach you, but she’ll also be a little mean about it. –Mallory Yu
“Last Last” by Burna Boy
I’m a huge Burna Boy fan, and “Last Last”, which he just released, is the perfect summer song for me. He recently performed at the Billboard Music Awards, and I can’t wait to see his new album, titled Love, Damini. –Bilal Qureshi
“Devastatingly Mediocre”, by Deanna Petcoff
It’s a great time to date and get out into the world, which means it’s an even better time to break up with your disappointing boyfriend – and I’ve got an anthem for you. The song is “Devastatingly Mediocre”, by Deanna Petcoff.
In it, she talks about being in love with a man who is terribly mediocre, and it’s the anthem you have to sing with your friends in your car, once you’ve left that terribly mediocre partner and you experience the full freedom of a fun and seductive summer vibe. –Margaret Willison
Las Culturistas, The 300 Songs of the Great Global Songbook
The Las Culturistas podcast recently released a three-episode series called The 300 Songs of the Great Global Songbook, where they simply name and rank the best songs of all time. Counting from 300, it takes them over five hours to do it, and it’s pure chaos energy.
The temerity displayed here, the sass, the light-hearted disregard for logic and quality of the songs, the fact that Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” ranked 297 – it’s wildly unpredictable, to say the least you could say, and they are simply pure agents of chaos. It’s a great listen. –Glen Weldon
More Recommendations from the Pop Culture Happy Hour Newsletter
- friend of pop culture happy hour Joe Reid took a challenge on Twitter and created a version of the Melrose Square credits with the cast of Angels in America. It’s a pure delight.
- I’ve been watching thrillers lately, and I have to give credit to Will Smith in enemy of the state if you are looking for a surveillance nightmare. He really knows how to do this regular guy thing, and ever since recommendation from last week has been The conversationanother Gene Hackman movie seems like the right sequel.
- NPR has a great new project offer books to represent the 50 states. The selections are exciting and varied.
- Our friend asks Eric Deggans why Disney isn’t doing more to protect actorssince racist fans are so common.
- I really recommend you to try the series This will hurt, which began streaming on AMC+ and Sundance Now this week. Starring Ben Whishaw as a National Health Service doctor, you only have to try one of these services just for the chance to see it. –Linda Holmes