If you thought Mandatory Fun
was just a cute little title, it's so much more than that. Clearly this is the government's fascist manifesto, hiding in plain sight. Why do you think it was Al's first #1 album? Why do you think each new video received so much attention? The powers that be made it so! Each song gives us a taste of the brutal regime to come, we just haven't opened our eyes yet! Well, I'm on to them.
"Handy" - by spending all our money on endless wars overseas, infrastructure will fall into disrepair, and soon everyone will need things fixed. We'll be too distracted by our crumbling homes and roads to worry about anything else.
"Lame Claim to Fame" - enjoy whatever memories of meeting celebrities you may have, because pretty soon, the only celebrities we'll be allowed to talk about will be our dictators! And unless you'd like a nice bullet in your skull, it'd better be nothing but compliments.
"Foil" - yeah, not a joke. This one went right over your heads, guys.
"Sports Song" - the only reason it's so generic is because all our favorite sports teams will be disbanded under the new regime. Once the blanks are filled in, you're looking at our new national anthem.
"Word Crimes" - you've been warned: we'll soon be living under literal
grammar Nazis. Better study up, guys.
"My Own Eyes" - okay, sometimes people just see crazy things. No need to lie about that.
"NOW That's What I Call Polka!" - all popular music will soon sound like the same polka over and over and over and over again. This medley of the most recent hits was designed to ease us into more officially state-sponsored entertainment. Individuality, exemplified by creative types, will be a thing of the past.
"Mission Statement" - the music may be relaxing, but the lyrics are subliminally encouraging us to do the labor assigned to us by the government. Profit and productivity! Everything else comes second!
"Inactive" - fat and lazy at home, but industrious at work, is exactly how the government wants us, so not only will we be unable to fight back, we won't even want to in the first place!
"First World Problems" - the government doesn't want you thinking about the oppression bearing down on you; only the most trivial problems are worth your trouble.
"Tacky" - sure, we may seem ridiculous to those freedom-loving fools in other countries, but we're Americans, damn it! You're not going to keep us down by calling us names!
"Jackson Park Express" - the protagonist of this song seems a little unhinged, doesn't he? Well, that's the point; going back to that "individuality" thing, the government wants us to see anyone who over-analyzes things as crazy! Free-thinkers will not be tolerated!