Remember when punk bands openly criticized left-wing politicians? Pop Punk Radio remembers. These two videos were bonus features on the Special Edition CD of Warning back in 2000. They would play if you put the album in to your computer. The "Think Twice" video somewhat mimics a slander video that was released in the 90's during the Bill Clinton election. Slick Willy gave an interview where he stated that he had once smoked marijuana, although he also claimed that he "did not inhale." Political opponents made a spectacle about a Presidential candidate having openly admitted to having "ingested one whole marijuanas" and went full-on dank meme mode with it. Meme mode for the 90s basically meant they threw a bunch of television propaganda/adverts at us in the months leading up to the election. Back in the 90s, weed was heavily stigmatized and criminalized, at least openly within "professional" circles. Some uptight political types thought that
"If your heroes do nothing but plow their way through a collection of unthreatening, neutered enemies then you'll never get your audience to care about their struggle, because they don't fucking have one... You need to give your villains their fucking balls back." Some good points made in this video from The Critical Drinker. A powerful, well-written villain gives the hero a sympathetic struggle to overcome, and makes the movie far more interesting to watch. Where are the Darth Vaders, the Hans Grubers, or the T-1000s in modern films? Without such powerful villains to face in conflict, would we remember the Luke Skywalkers, the John McClanes, or the Terminators from the beloved classics? Aside from the Marvel Universe's Thanos and perhaps Gus Fring from Breaking Bad, who are some memorable villains from major movies or TV shows the past 10 years?
"Avenues & Alleyways" by Rancid This song speaks out against racial bigotry handed down from older generations, and perpetuated by the media. I'll admit that I often have a hard time deciphering what Tim Armstrong is saying without consulting a lyric sheet. However, the lines "he's a different color, but we're the same kid / I'll treat him like my brother, he'll treat me like his" always give me those feel-good goosebumps.
Pop Punk Radio Podcast - Episode 8: Green Day Trilogy Super Album Playlist What if Green Day's trilogy were released as a single album? In this episode, I've curated my own picks for an Uno, Dos, Tre super album with a playlist highlighting my favorite tracks from each part of the trilogy. 1. "99 Revolutions" - Great intro song. Green Day played this song to open their set when I saw them perform a few years ago, and it just felt like a fitting song to get the crowd going with positive energy. 2. "8th Avenue Serenade" - "Say hello from your window..." sings Billie Joe on this uplifting little track. 3. "Let Yourself Go" - Classic, old-school raw Green Day energy. Easily one of the best tracks on the entire trilogy. 4. "Kill The DJ" - Polarizing tune, some people hate it and others love it. Definitely experimental. Personally, I dig the club music feel of the song. 5. "Makeout Party" - Sounds like it came straig
The Ataris are an incredibly under-rated band. Blending emo and pop-punk with alternative influence. They've been around since the late nineties, but only have about five or six full-length albums. They do however have a deep selection of EPs and split albums. For the sake of this review, we are only focusing on full-length albums. #6 - Silver Turns To Rust (2017) Silver Turns To Rust is actually a compilation album. It has one of my favorite Ataris singles in "All Souls Day," which is a song about feeling trapped, perhaps by some kind of mystical spell called love, in a relationship that isn't right. It also includes a longer version of "Fast Times At Dropout High." Favorite Songs: "All Souls Day" / "Beauty, Eh?" / "Fast Times At Dropout High"