Black Flag's founder and leader, Greg Ginn, once told an interviewer that after Henry Rollins joined the band, "We couldn't do songs with a sense of humor anymore; he got into the serious way-out poet thing." While "TV Party" was recorded after Rollins joined the band (twice, in fact), it's one of the few truly goofy moments in the group's catalog, which became increasingly bleak from My War onward. Boasting the closest thing to a pop hook that ever appeared on a Black Flag record (though it's driven more by Chuck Dukowski's percolating bass line than Ginn's stun-gun guitar), "TV Party" is tuneful and almost melodic where the band usually served up a man-sized helping of fifth-gear dissonance. And the lyrics (delivered by Rollins in a "aw shucks" yelp while the band shouts the chorus in a gloriously lumpen bellow) are at once cutting and funny, an attack on television-inspired stasis that laughs both at and with it's subjects ("We've got nothin' better to do/Than watch TV and have a couple of brews!"). As a dumb anthem, it even beats out the band's cover of "Louie Louie," and it's a lot more fun to sing along with than, say, "Rat's Eyes."