Their second album on Blue Corn contains more than the usual share of songs about current events. In 2005, the Lizards were commissioned to write five songs for various consumer advocacy groups. “The Drugs I Need” tackles the prescription drug industry, “The Tower” concerns the monopolization of big media, “Christmastime For Visa” takes on credit card debt, “Go Ahead And Die” is about health insurance, and “Toast The Earth” is concerned with a boycott of Exxon/Mobil. All five songs are on this release and they’ve been paired with hilarious animation, available for viewing on the Internet. “The Drugs I Need” is featured on Jib Jab and is one of the site’s most popular numbers. Other songs here feature gospel-tinged tunes, a bilingual Tex Mex tune, a Les Barker poem set to music, an American folk classic, and a German hip-hop song.
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