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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Underground Music

There a lots of funny and stupid things out there. Who doesn't love to hate indie snobs. Five Iron Frenzy has said some things on stage and their albums that speak to the issue. While playing a popular Christian fesival the sax player said, "I know that we're playing the Main Stage now instead of the Punk Rock Stage. We know we're sellouts. We hope you still like us." Then they wrote a great song called "Handbook for the Sellout." Here are a few of the lyrics:

You found a way to draw a line,
between the world and you.
Faking your idenity it's true.
Did you think the word "alternative",
was only meant for the likes of you?
Do you think that they're too cool now?
Being popular is lame.
You're the one who made them popular,
all their songs are still the same.

You found them first,
it made you stand apart, you know?
But then everyone jumped on the same bandwagon,
making you an average Joe,
A lemming for the mediocre,
you were just a plain old joker status quo.
Blame it on the band now.
If you pick them do they bleed?
What's the point in playing what they want,
if you won't let them succed?

Do you remember where we all came from?
Do you remember what it's all about?
When you made a point to be objective,
before you started writing Handbook for the Sellout?

You sunk your worth in being different,
just to be like your own kind.
You traded in objectiveness,
for the underground you follow blind.
Aren't those some great lyrics. I always thought it was funny to hear fans sing along with the song on their live album, because essentially, the song is about them. I found this vid on Youtube. It is pretty great.


Blogger Lydia said...

haha minus that last bit,

that video was one of the greatest you tube videos i have seen.

hahah. good times.

8:09 PM  
Blogger I_am_Batman said...

I don't know the cutting hands was pretty sweet...

8:19 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

i guess it isn't as funny when you've had actual friends who cut themselves....

9:05 PM  
Blogger Silas said...

trusay, funny for some, not funny for others. but the "underground" stuff i would expect to be universally funny. unless you are the band "nothing" or the group "hmmm".

7:11 AM  
Blogger Jonathan P said...

"Have you heard nothing's greatest album? It's ninety minutes of silence."
"Is it an MP3?"
"It's a word document."


And those lyrics... so true. People are obsessed with the idea that you can't go to the mainstream... who said you're not allowed to be successful and let other people hear your music.

9:52 AM  
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Blogger amac said...

yo, who's anon, and i think i need to repent of my cynicism of some former bands i enjoyed..

7:48 PM  

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