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  • Parodied in the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Don't Download This Song." "Cuz you start out stealing songs/Then you're robbing liquor stores/and selling crack and running over school kids with your car."
  • "Green Christmas", a song on YouTube. It is very Anvilicious about its environmental message and has nothing to do with Christmas. The word 'Christmas' was put in there as a form of Wolverine Publicity.
    • Not to be confused with "Green Chri$tma$", an anvilly-but-funny swipe at Christmas commercialization by humorist and ad man Stan Freberg. Or the Barenaked Ladies' "Green Christmas", which is just about being lonely at Christmas.
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    • Compare the last, joke line of Relient K's I'm Getting Nuttin For Christmas: "Well I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas because I contributed to the green-house effect which melts the Polar Ice Caps which melts the North Pole where Santa Claus lives. He's mad. Pbbthh!"
  • In a similar sense, the Glurge-ridden "Christmas Shoes" definitely qualifies, dropping an anvil about helping the poor so huge you won't know what hit you after the song ends.
  • "Green Blues", an anti pollution song.
  • If you listen carefully to Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy", you can hear that she pauses before the words "better man" just so the loud thud sounds from impacting anvils don't drown out the lyrics.
  • How about Story of the Year's album, "The Black Swan"? Almost every song on it screams anti-war messages in your face. Of course, this doesn't stop the music from being good, so who's complaining?
  • Political punk rock is by definition Anvilicious. Recent Green Day has been pretty anvilicious, but Anti-Flag is a freaking building, and a big one at that.
    • Propagandhi are the biggest of them all. No matter what choices you make in life or opinions you have about anything, Propagandhi make it their personal mission to make you feel bad about it, whether it's feeling that anything about the current administration is remotely acceptable, eating or milking animals, having any sort of religious belief or feeling, looking at a woman's boobs for more than 3 seconds, or listening to music that they don't like. And it gets worse with each album. Lines like "Fuck the troops to hell!" are rather hard to top.
  • Rise Against has always had political songs, but this is taken Up to Eleven in their 2011 album 'Endgame'. Not the mention the album's cover.
  • Subverted by most of the crossover and grindcore (yes, it counts as subversion, as Crossover and Grindcore are direct descendants of hardcore punk) bands such as Stormtroopers Of Death, Anal Cunt, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed by having songs like "Fuck The Middle East", "Speak English or Die", "Body By Auschwitz", or "White On White Crime". Anal Cunt is a joke band, and to a lesser extent, so is Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
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  • Thrash metal is often guilty of this. Metallica's 1988 album And Justice for All is just the tip of the iceberg, most of which is comprised of Anthrax's '85-1990 material. Although one must give credit to the German bands for, for the most part, averting it. Kreator, especially. And then you have the newer bands like Municipal Waste, who have a 20,000:1 ratio of "let's get wasted and thrash!" lyrics to anvilicious lyrics.
  • Pretty much anything by Lily Allen falls into this category, the most bare-faced example being Fuck You, a twelve-verse rant about how conservatives are necessarily terrible people, with a chorus consisting entirely of the titular obscenity to drive the point home. Too subtle for ya? While it is anvilicious (and mostly liked for the humour it brings from that), the song isn't about conservatives as such, but about George Bush, according to Lily Allen. Another song that comes under this for some people is Everyone's At It, which is very black and white about drug use (including prescription ones). Of course, it's a pop song. Not known for its nuances.
    • The latter was motivated by Allen watching her brother wasting his life on drugs, which she then made even clearer with the song Alfie being explicitly about him. Don't worry, he got better. And became known as the guy who lost his wang on Game of Thrones.
  • Anything by the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Imagine a political pamphlet produced by an especially humourless extreme left winger being read out over a drum machine beat. That's pretty much what their album sounded like. Consolidated were similar but at least they had a couple of good tracks.
  • About ninety-nine percent of output of The Specials (especially the stuff written by Jerry Dammers).
  • Pink Floyd's 1983 album The Final Cut, was released in response to The Falklands War.
    • In which we learn (again; see "Pigs (Three Different Ones)") that Roger Waters really doesn't like Margaret Thatcher. Okay Rog. We get it.
    • Pretty much anything by Waters counts - after all The Final Cut is subtitled "A requiem for the post-war dream by Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd". He continued to drop the anvil on us in his solo career, and this year's The Wall tour has decorations that send quite unsubtle messages.
  • Common in modern country music, especially in the wake on 9/11. Toby Keith was a big offender for while.
  • "Capital G" from Nine Inch Nails' Year Zero album. It's about as subtle as a Texan in a flight suit.
  • WAR. Huh! Good God, y'all.
    • Earth (The Book) parodied this by saying "WAR! Huh! What's it good for... aside from ending slavery... and stopping Hitler."
    • "War doesn't give life, it can only take it away"... Tell that to all the children conceived over the centuries by soldiers knocking up women in the areas where they were stationed.
  • If you pay attention to the lyrics in a lot of Marilyn Manson songs, you'll find they're extremely Anvilicious about society, especially when the songs are notably sarcastic.
  • Ray Stevens' album "We the People" hammers the listener over the head with Stevens' conservative Christian views, to the point that even if one agrees with the overall message, it's still pretty irritating.
  • Goldfinger. No, not that Goldfinger. They used to be a pretty good punk/pop band. That was until every other song started to be about animal rights, some of them so over the top that you expect them to start hurling anvils off the stage at you. It's so irritating at times that is just makes you wanna punch a puppy.
  • "Blame Halo 3", a parody of Akon's "Blame it on Me" about the harms of video game addiction.
  • Most everything done by Otep is basically "Religion, conservatives, greed and rape are wrong and anyone who agrees with any of them must DIE!" Especially in the song Menocide, which is about how women should rise up against men who harm them and kill them.
  • Flobots are an entirely political band, with every track supporting anarchism or criticising Oligarchy in some way.
  • The Cha-Ching band songs (from Cartoon Network) are this, combined with Ear Worm songs that is nothing more than three-minute extended messages about spending your money right, donating, and how the world will be a better place if you do it. Enforced, since the intention is to teach little kids how to make financial decisions.
  • Harry Chapin wasn't one for subtlety. Just listen to "Cat's in The Cradle" or "Flowers are Red" and see if you can't hear what Harry was all about.
  • Beastie Boys would have at least one or two songs full of anvils in their later albums. In Hello Nasty's "The Negotiation Limerick File" one line says "Don't let me begin about heroin livin' six feet deep ain't in the mood". And a good chunk of To the Five Boroughs is anti-Bush rapping, worst offender being "It Takes Time to Build". Some gems include "Ban SUVs strained out on OPEC" "The Kyoto Treaty he decided to neglect" "The Christian Coalition and the right wing, ooh!" "Environmental destruction and the national debt but still enough for that war chest".
  • The Skillet song Rise is about the horrors of war and terrorism and standing up to it. To hammer it home, the last 40 seconds forgo singing altogether and just drop anvils.
  • The title track of The Smiths' album Meat Is Murder.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach was anvilicious, at least in his cantata production. Besides the biblical texts, the commenting arias and recitations had one point: Seek Jesus inside your heart! This message props up in different settings over and over. Added to the soloists, you also have the hymns, supposed to be sung by the congregation. Thus his listeners, attending regular mass in the Leipzig church of st.Thomas, got that message through loud and clear.
  • "Think About It" by Flight of the Conchords is a parody of this trope in music. In it the narrator complains about various social topics, but keeps going off on random Fridge Logic tangents that break or misunderstand the moral. For example, while discussing the poor working conditions of children made to work in sweatshops, the narrator starts wondering why shoes are so expensive if the companies selling them are making them so cheaply/easily.
  • Compare the cover art of the Oxygene LP by Jean-Michel Jarre, and Pins In It by The Human Instinct. Such unbearable unlikely imagery, independently developed by different artists.
  • Model majority garage rockers Rehabilitation Cruise's two known songs, "I Don't Care What They Say" and "Miniskirts". Both appear in AIP's Highs in the Mid-Sixties compilations and are over-the-top anvilicious in their promotion of traditional American values. The former song condemns draft dodgers and anti-Vietnam War activists, with one chorus starting out with the lines "You're wrong! You're wrong!" in reference to those who see joining the military as unhip, and the outro featuring the singer reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The latter song, while less anvilicious, is also quite out of place in the '60s rock scene, as it chides teenage girls for showing too much skin when they wear the titular miniskirts.
  • Much of Alessia Cara's output is unabashed about empowering social outcasts to not have to conform to norms and to just Be Yourself. "Here" and "Wild Things" are standout examples, with the former being unsubtly against partying and hedonism. Also, "Scars to Your Beautiful" doesn't waste any time getting to the point with the opening line "She just wants to be beautiful", as it is a female body positivity song.
  • Kids Praise: The presentation of several aesops, especially in the earlier albums, could be painfully heavy-handed, especially when delivered by overacting kids. Later albums tended to have better presentation of their aesops.
  • Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent."
    Do the things that's right
    And you'll do nothing wrong
    Life will be so nice, you'll be in paradise
    I know, because I'm not a juvenile delinquent


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