by The Goo Goo Dolls
~ Lyrically ambiguous genius ~
It’s not one of the hit singles from the Goo’s, but it might be one of their best lyrical performances. Sandwiched between 5 other classic tunes on what was arguably one of the half dozen or so best album sides of the entire 90s, Flat Top gets political in a way that comments on all of 90s-era US society, and not just the half that someone hates, like you find all over social media today.
A television war between the cynics and the saints / flip the dial and that’s whose side you’re on
Was far more prescient than it was given credit for at the time
A visionary coward says that anger can be power / As long as there’s a victim on TV
Seems so tailor made for today that it’s hard to believe this a 25-year-old song