I'm listening to Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," which came out around 10 years ago, and it just now occurred to me that, near the end, the guy could be singing "Career! Career! Career! Career!" instead of "Korea! Korea! Korea! Korea!" (click here to listen for yourself).
A lyric site agrees with my new interpretation. The song makes so much more sense now, as it's much easier to how the decision of a musician to cut his hair might be relevant for his career rather than relevant for the future of Korea. That said, the song does also lose some of what I had regarded as quirky charm.