"Pop Music of the Future" as written by and Eric Elbogen....
She sold her warlock
And bought her drum machine
Fired her old band
Cause they hated 909 beats
She's got a loft space
Takes the L train to bedford
Runs with some cool kids
That are actors
But dress like nerds

And plays pop music of the future
And no one will ever get to her
She's a shaker, but not a mover
She plays pop music of the future

Back in the 80s
She wanted to be in a hair band
And then in the 90s
She only wore corduroy pants
And then there was emo
But that was just a phase
'Cause it's all been downhill
Since sunny day real estate's
First record

She plays pop music of the future
And no one will ever get to her
She's a shaker, but not a mover
She plays pop music of the future


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"Pop Music of the Future" as written by Eric Elbogen

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    General CommentWhat a great song, great band. I'm guessing this is basically a tribute song to some girl, and if I may say, she sounds pretty cool. Reminds me of myself actually...especially the "she's a shaker, but not a mover" line. Say Hi To Your Mom rocks. That's it.
    riotgrl04on June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGREAT song.
    ThePlaygroundMiracleon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the song, but the girl he's talking about sounds pretty lame to me. Someone who just conforms to whatever lifestyle is popular?
    cakeandmilkon March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCakeandmilk... I think she is not going with the flow... my reasoning is because of the line "Then there was emo, but that was just a phase, it all went downhill since sunny day real estate's first record..." Sunny day real estate really defined the emo sound and thus meaning "Pop music of the future"... So it sounds to me that she is listening to all these indie bands and she discards them when they make it big, becomming "pop status"
    ear24on September 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthah lovin the sdre reference.
    redandbluejeanson April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of a girl I know who's so cool but she tries just a little too hard sometimes. And it just makes me so mad because being herself she's just as awesome and deep inside I think she knows it.
    lilyloveson May 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentvery beautiful.
    say hi to your mom is amazing.
    ninaluvsallon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what 909 beats is/are?

    ear24, She doesn't necessarily discard indie bands when they make it big for the reason that they've attained "pop" status. I don't think that can be inferred from the song. In fact, with the hair bands and corduroy reference and like, she is in tune with fads. The point is that she has defined her times. She, in a way, is pop--but in a platonic rather than aristotelian way.

    I would also like to add that "'cause it's all been downhill since sunny day real estate's first record" is possibly the truest statement ever made.
    lacpunkeron August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think 909 beats refers to the TR-909 drum machine.
    thejayschon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHahaha. I love this song.
    For exactly what lacpunker said.
    'cause it's all been downhill since sunny day real estate's first album.'
    hahaha. : D
    Mymsicalon January 21, 2007   Link

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