"Out on the road today I saw a Black Flag sticker on a Cadillac"
Or maybe I'm wrong.
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.
Don Henley's version is the classic. I still love it.
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.
Also, the "singer" did nothing but scream the lyrics. These guys suck.
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!"
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.
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.
I just have to say that I saw Black Flag play back in the early 80's along with tons of other bands. DK's, -X-, Social Dist., DOA....ahhh, the days of skateboards and malt liquor....
Gods, I'm old....
HOLY CRAP....I didn't realize this was so damn old.
I wish I had been there in those days. DOA still puts on an awesome show, they play here every year.
As for the Ataris I saw them opening for The Queers and it was one of the shittiest shows I've been to. It was a weird bill and 80% of the small crowd left after hearing the ataris do their one hit wonder.