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Liars. From the guy on the commercial swearing that body spray will get you dates to the Man telling big ones that change the world, liars are everywhere. Except us. We’d never tell a lie — which of course is a lie. No, that dress doesn’t make your butt look big. Yes, we like your friends. No, your spaghetti doesn’t taste like the inside of a trash can. Yes, we’ve tasted the inside of a trash can.

So there’s at least one good side to lying: the social niceties that preserve each other’s feelings. There’s another good side, too: liars have inspired some killer music. The following Perfect Liars’ Playlist features some essential songs about lying. Trust us — would we lie to you?


‘Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off’

Panic! At the Disco

 

 

Lies that break hearts account for 97% of all music recorded since 1956, according to a statistic that we just made up. Panic! At the Disco‘s 2006 ode to a mean mistreater is a classic of the genre.

 

‘Liar’

Rollins Band

 

 

But wait, maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to judge that poor girl Panic! At The Disco are publicly shaming. Maybe there’s more to the story. Maybe she was hustled, too. For that matter, maybe we were hustled when we fell for that whole “she’s at fault” bit.

Maybe we got suckered. And you know why? ‘Cause he’s a liar, a liar … don’t take our word for it, just listen to this epitome of all liars’ songs from the Rollins Band.

 

‘I’m Not Calling You a Liar’

Florence and the Machine

 

 

We’re a couple of songs in and you’re feeling a little defensive, but listen: we’re not calling you a liar.

And while we’re in a full disclosure mood, we can’t wait for Florence and the Machine‘s much rumored new album.

 

‘The Biggest Lie’

Elliott Smith

 

 

Oh we’re so very precious, you and I / And everything that you do makes me want to die / Oh I just told the biggest lie.”

Devastating. Also devastating: It’s been 11 years since we lost Elliott Smith.

 

‘Book of Lies’

Flipron

 

 

Here’s an inconvenient truth: Flipron are the greatest band you’ve never heard of. These guys have worked with legends like Rat Scabies (the Damned) and Neville Staple (the Specials), but they don’t need to drop names. Their wildly eccentric music stands on its own, and that’s no lie.

 

‘Young Liars’

TV On the Radio

 

 

TV On the Radio dropped ‘Happy Idiot’ in early September, the lead single off their soon to be released ‘Seeds’ album. Are we excited to finally get some new music from these guys? We’d be lying if we said we weren’t.

 

‘Dance Little Liar’

Arctic Monkeys

 

 

You can never get it spotless / When there’s dirt between the dirt,” Alex Turner sings, and that’s really the crux of the problem. Once we start muddying things up with lies, it’s almost impossible to dig our way out.

But here’s something we’re pathologically honest about: Few bands put on as good of a live show as Arctic Monkeys. They have a few dates coming up in the next couple of months, so get out there and see them. You won’t regret it, we promise.

 

‘Rebellion (Lies)’

Arcade Fire

 

 

We can’t think of a better end to our Perfect Liars’ Playlist than with Arcade Fire‘s favorite set closer. You all know it so feel free to sing along, and if you don’t, just fake it. We won’t tell anybody.

 

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