(rolls eyes and points out that Rusted Root are --unfortunately -- from PITTSBURGH, not Philly...one of the guys lives in our neighborhood. My mom lives across the street from the drummer for 10,000 Maniacs...his name is Jerry and he's very cool, toured with Tim Finn once.)
Agree with hubby's doodoo rule and a few of the ones mentioned like B52's "Roam," Counting Crows "American Girl," Howard Jones' "New Song." (It goes without saying that the Finns are TOTALLY on this list too, that's a given....)
I'd like to add "God Shuffled His Feet" by the Crash Test Dummies (the WHOLE DARNED CD, that is...), "Video Killed the Radio Star," U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," INXS' "New Sensation," and that song by They Might Be Giants that goes, "She wants a shoe horn, the kind with teeth...'cos she knows there's no such thing." And the "Galaxy Song" done by Eric Idle during the "Meaning of Life" movie, as well as "Always look at the bright side of life (whistling goes here)" And just about anything done by Adam Sandler cracks me up.
Must point out re: Rhett Miller that one song is about a girl named Heidi who's "a house on fire" and "is always leaving."