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"Out on the road today I saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac"

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Who is responsible for this relatively ungood cover and are their original songs as irritating?
post #2 of 17
I think it's the Ataris.
post #3 of 17
I believe you're right.

And I'd love to see their singer take a shotgun blast to the chest. HATE.
post #4 of 17
Black flag sticker on a Cadillac? What is this guy talking about? Is it some kind of John Birch Society thing? I'll have to download this just to hear how bad it really is. Boys of Summer is a classic Don Henley song, and I can't imagine that this would touch it.
post #5 of 17
No social statement to be made WHATSOEVER. A shit-ass, run-of-the-mill, pop-punk band who from what I gather are particularly bitter about their obviously oppressive middle-class suburban upbringing, trying their hardest to sound like they are something other than a goddamn poster on the wall of a fourteen year old girl from the exact same background as them.

Or maybe I'm wrong.
post #6 of 17
In a similar vein, I flipped past the Tonight Show tonight-and fickin' Sugar Ray was doing a cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?". Worse yet, I didn't hate it.
post #7 of 17
Quote:
TheOutlawTorn:
No social statement to be made WHATSOEVER. A shit-ass, run-of-the-mill, pop-punk band who from what I gather are particularly bitter about their obviously oppressive middle-class suburban upbringing, trying their hardest to sound like they are something other than a goddamn poster on the wall of a fourteen year old girl from the exact same background as them.

Or maybe I'm wrong.
You are close, but I really think you are talking about Simple Plan.
post #8 of 17
Saw the Ataris do the Henley cover on Jimmy Kimmel. I dug it. Fun and frantic. I missed the Black Flag relate though- I was singing along with the Greatful Dead line at the time.

Don Henley's version is the classic. I still love it.
post #9 of 17
Henley's version shouldn't be touched/attempted/butchered by anyone. Some things are best left alone.
post #10 of 17
I agree. Those bastards should be hung up by their toenails and beat to death with a double ended dildo.
I notice that the drummer for The Ataris doesn't even try to reproduce the original drumline for the song, which happens to be one of the more subtle and impressive beats I've ever heard. Talentless waste of carbon.

Sorry if I seem a bit harsh.
post #11 of 17
Welcome to the boards, Thief. I'm one of those that thinks outside the box. I used to know a poster with the same name. Reading through your friends thread I see you are not him. Is this a good thing? I dunno, but welcome!
post #12 of 17
Thank you Mr. Avalon! It is nice to meet you and to be here among some obviously intelligent and witty forum users.
post #13 of 17
I'm a she.
post #14 of 17
Oops!
Jesus. That's happened to me more times than I care to admit. It caused my first marriage to crumble once I found out my mistake.

I'm sorry Mrs (Ms.) Avalon.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
So these buttholes were on some show last night. They can't be older than I am and I was only, like, five when Black Flag hit. Shouldn't they be singing something like "I saw a New Kids sticker on a Cadillac"? Y'know, to fit with the message Henley was trying to get across in the original song.

Also, the "singer" did nothing but scream the lyrics. These guys suck.
post #16 of 17
It's not the age issue that bothers me a bit. I'm 21 and I consider Black Flag (Or the Misfits, depending on what time of day it is) to be my favorite band.

It's just the idea that this band is trying to pass itself off as something it's not. The lrically content of the songs seems perfectly relevant for them to cover (It is about a girl), but the fact that they had to throw that little "Hey, check it out, we really are punk rock, despite the fact that our fan club is comprised of fifteen year old girls and that our radio-friendly sound isn't OUR fault!" reference in their is what makes it shitty. If it were a NY hardcore band who covered this song and threw that in their, fine. Okay. I get it. But how the fuck does a plastic-punk shitfest like the Atari's get off saying that they were influenced by Flag?

The line should have been "Out on the road today, I saw an MXPX sticker on a late eighties model Honda Accord, you know before they had all those cool parts you can get for them like in that racing movie with Triple X, hey, fuck that movie. Fuck people with fast cars! Hey, I'm a punk! F-you society!"
post #17 of 17
Quote:
gravedigger
Shouldn't they be singing something like "I saw a New Kids sticker on a Cadillac"? Y'know, to fit with the message Henley was trying to get across in the original song.
Being a Grateful Dead fan used to imply a hippie mindset. Free love, anti-establishment, etc. Seeing one on a Cadillac, symbol of capitalism and upper class success, shows how the original meaning behind the Grateful Dead's ideology was lost. In Henley's song, times have changed and now it's just peppy music that yuppies like without understanding it at all.

The Black Flag reference works because the whole punk scene was anti-establishment, too. If you saw a Black Flag sticker on some rich guy's Cadillac, you might do a double take and say "What a poser! What does he know about Black Flag?"

I don't think New Kids works that way.
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