5. Middle of the list, middle of the road, possibly the middle of the known universe: “I Need to Wake Up (Inconvenient Truth),” from Melissa Ethridge. Yes, this slice of OprAmerican cheese is meant to tickle Boomer ’60s nostalgia. (Wake up, hippies! Cast off those khakis!) And like most Boomer nostalgia it mistakes activism for therapy. But c’mon. Don’t you want the Boomers fired up? They’ll be retiring soon, with time on their hands. And they have all the money!
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