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The Absurd Musical Comedy of Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman's 'Please Be Seated'

When heard without context, the song “Bop 25” sounds like it belongs on modern Top 40 radio. The track has all the earmarks of a contemporary chart-topper. It’s short and catchy; the vocals in the chorus are auto-tuned; the bridge is drowned in a cacophony of digitized instruments; and, perhaps most tellingly, it’s utterly and profoundly ridiculous.

In truth, the 13th track on Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman’s new musical comedy record, Please Be Seated, is a polemic of sorts against the state of modern pop music. Over the course of the song’s one-minute runtime, the duo sings the word “bop” 96 times. The rest of the tune consists of a single bridge built upon lyrics about dwindling natural resources and American wastefulness — though Kaplan and Sherman might as well be singing about anything, which seems to be the point.

“If Bop 25 makes it onto the radio I’ll lose all my faith in humanity,” Sherman says to Kaplan as the three of us partake in a few beers on the patio of a zeitgeisty Brooklyn bar. “I’ve heard the song so many times now, the word ‘bop’ no longer has any meaning.” In response, Kaplan laughs and leans in close to the tiny recorder I’ve placed on the table between us. “Yep,” he says. “In fact, that should be the tagline to this article: ‘Bop. The word that no longer means anything’.” READ MORE