June 28, 2014

Song Meanings & Discussions: "She's Anti" by Home Grown

Join us in the way, way back machine as we discuss a 1998 release from one of my favorite bands growing up, Home Grown. The song in question being "She's Anti" from the band's sophomore release Act Your Age.





The album was released on June 10, 1998 and contains 15 tracks. The third song of the album called "She's Anti" is a tongue-in-cheek story about a gothic loner girl who comes to school and shoots all of the cheerleaders and jocks. The song was intended as an innocent and fictional story poking fun at loner types who seem to hate the world. However, the song took on an eerie, possibly prophetic tone less than a year later on April 20th, 1999 when two boys would make headlines in Columbine.

1999 in Columbine was the first time a school shooting such as this had occurred in the US. Flash forward to 2014 and with the similar events that have been unfolding across the US in recent years, it's hard to look back on "She's Anti" with the original innocence and humor intended at the time the song was written.

Which begs the obvious question... did "She's Anti" inspire the events in Columbine? The album was fairly well received across the nation so it is not unreasonable to think that the boys who pulled off the event may have heard the song. However, in 1998 Home Grown was just starting to achieve nation-wide attention. So it's also possible the two Columbine boys had never heard of the song and it was all just a freaky coincidence. The world will never know and all we can do is speculate.