Hear This: Modest Mouse’s “Custom Concern” revels in 9 to 5 claustrophobia

In Hear This, TheA.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, in honor of Labor Day, we’re picking songs about work.

Modest Mouse, “Custom Concern” (1996)

Gotta go to work / gotta go to work / gotta have a job.”

No lyricist quite encapsulates the sweeping inevitably of becoming a cog in the system as succinctly as Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock does in “Custom Concern.” The way this song shambles along, echoing the beaten and broken masses shuffling...

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