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Favorite Songs from Bo Burnham’s “Inside”

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With everyone buzzing over Bo Burnham’s new special “Inside”, listen to the hosts of Pop Culture Happy Hour as they discuss their favorite songs from the special. They break down how he understands the internet in an intricate way that’s both satirical and empathetic.
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With everyone buzzing over Bo Burnham’s new special “Inside”, listen to the hosts of Pop Culture Happy Hour as they discuss their favorite songs from the special. They break down how he understands the internet in an intricate way that’s both satirical and empathetic.
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I want to know favorite song. Well I wanted to speak to a song that captures some of the empathy that we've been talking about and it's basically about a white woman's instagram feed and it's got this very, very catchy chorus about white woman's instagram and it's jumping through a lot of just kind of the different tropes that you see on a lot of instagram feeds. Some random quotes from Lord of the Rings incorrectly attributed to martin Luther king. Everything is shot really immaculately with ring lights and effects. Looked at a lot of instagram feeds. I'll tell you it looked at a lot of instagram feeds and it's definitely gently poking and mocking a lot of these things in people's feeds and it's teetering on the brink of meanness and judgment. And then there's this moment which I want to play now. Her favorite photo of her mom. Yeah. The caption says, I can't believe it. It's been a decade since you've been gone mama, Miss you. I miss sitting with you in the front yard. Still figuring I'd rather keep sitting without you. It's got a little better. But it's still just the bottom drops out of the song. Yeah, boyfriend crazy about it is suddenly it's still universal. It's still something you see in a lot of instagram feeds, it captures a lot of online expression that people kind of put out into the world when they've experienced loss. But the emotion in it is very real. So you're kind of laughing at laughing at laughing at suddenly really moved in this hairpin turn within this song that then kind of jumps back into typical scenes from instagram feeds. And I was just, I welled up all of a sudden in the middle of a song that's making fun of instagram feeds for sure. For sure. I kept expecting him to undercut that bridge with a joke and he doesn't, I kept expecting it to turn into like, you know, I love you mom. And so I shopped at victoria's Secret or something like that. It does not do that, you know, as as you said, it goes back to kind of being what the song is. But I think the, what he understands so well about instagram Is that it can be 90% ridiculous and it's that 10% that keeps people coming back. And in fact, that's his understanding of the Internet in general. And I, one of my favorites is a song that is in general about the Internet. It's about the existence of the Internet and he performs it in kind of the persona of a creepy horror movie Carnival Barker I guess I would call it. I want to play a little bit of it. Could I interest you in everything all of the time, A little bit of everything all of the time happened. These are tragedy and boredom is a crime, anything and everything all of the time. And the funny thing about this song is that the rest of it which a lot of which we couldn't play because it had a lot of squares in it, but it has a lot of very specific stuff about what you can find on the internet and it's masterful in the sense that it's like here's a sad thing, here's a happy thing. Go buy something. Would you like to see the news or to any famous women's feet, how to make a bomb. It is such a hard balance. That to me is what this special is so good at is that it is this like he keeps sort of, as I said, undercutting in that way, which can ultimately make something feel shallow. But in the case of this, I think it makes it feel more genuine because this is what isolation was like for me in some ways, was going back and forth between do I want to make fun of this experience? Or do I want to admit that I do not know how long I can do this, and that is what I felt coming out of, not just his talk about the internet, but his talk about almost everything. Is that edge of am I going to get through this by just working and pushing and just making jokes? Or am I going to just admit that I am in despair?
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