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Song of the Summer

 by Keith Goetzman


Tags: Arts, music, Tilly and the Wall, Pot Kettle Black,

People seem to be more vulnerable to earworm infections in the summer, and the ditty that’s been bouncing around my cranium lately is the insidiously catchy “Pot Kettle Black” by Omaha, Nebraska's Tilly and the Wall. The chant-along chorus, the repeating five-note guitar hook, the descending organ line, the big beat supplemented by tap-dance percussion: This is a soundtrack-for-the-season type of tune (and completely unrelated to a song of the same name by Wilco, I might add). It’s also got an amateurish but cool video (see below) in which the band members stage guerilla street performances around Omaha, star in a parade, and whip out some Michael Jackson-esque dance moves. Go ahead, give the song a try. It’s just waiting to find a nice, warm home in your ear canal.