Song Lyric Saturday with Blink-182

I’ve listened to Blink-182 since pretty much forever. I love drums and Travis Barker is #3 on my list behind Mick Fleetwood and Taylor Hawkins, both of who I have gushed about in previous posts. Travis, however, just happens to be cute while drumming. I saw one of those little 3 inch dolls on Instagram a few days ago and now it’s on my Christmas/birthday list.

I read Travis’ book, “Can I Say” a couple of years ago (because I like reading the memoirs of rock stars) and it was wild. He’s been through a lot- I said “wow” more than once. I don’t know how his arms still function because he goes so hard on the drums, he plays with so much passion. His son, Landon, is getting into the music scene. Is anyone surprised? I’m not.

Okay..enough about Travis, because I could go on about him all day.

Blink-182

I picked the song “I Miss You” for this week.

“Hello there the angel from my nightmare

The shadow in the background of the morgue

The unsuspecting victim

Of darkness in the valley

We can live like Jack and Sally if we want

Where you can always find me

And we’ll have Halloween on Christmas

In the night we’ll wish this never ends

We’ll wish this never ends”

It’s a bit dark, but basically, it’s about a man being in a very dark time in his life but he knows that the woman in his life loves him- she wants to love him through it. She’s in the background of the dark spots in his life, trying to bring him into the light.

They try to make things look good and wish the good times would come back and never go away. (Confession: I had to look up the lyrics for the Jack and Sally part because I didn’t quite get it but once I did, it made a lot of sense. Thanks, Google.)

These guys are so talented and I’d love to see them in their Las Vegas residency.

Song Lyric Saturday with N.W.A.

I like to showcase a variety of music on my Saturday posts, and this week’s pick comes along with a movie.

Have you seen “Straight Outta Compton”? I saw it the night it came out and have the DVD. I call it an African-American history class with comedy and drama thrown in. I loved it. The movie shows the struggle of the group members as they are starting out in Compton, California and grow into and out of the group. Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. is really nice to look at. I was really upset that the movie didn’t win a single Emmy (feel free to fact check me on that).

The guys in N.W.A. grew up in Compton, a really low-income area in California. It was known in the 80s for drug dealing and gangs. The songs that (mainly) Ice Cube wrote were about what he saw going on around him- racial profiling, shootings, and so on. They didn’t live the easiest lives. He was still in high school when writing some of the earlier songs. The group later broke up (as you can see in the movie- no spoilers) and Ice Cube wrote the best diss track ever, “No Vaseline” as a result. Even though the group broke up, they inspired a whole generation of rappers.

NWA pic

It’s pretty difficult to really do a lyric analysis on this group, because it’s hardcore rap. There’s a lot of cursing involved, and even though I have a really bad mouth, I try to keep that off the blog. I do that because I figure some of you may find that offensive. I decided for this week, I’ll pick a song and discuss it.

The song I picked is “No Vaseline”. Basically, Ice Cube was done with his former group members. He didn’t like the direction the group was going in and really didn’t like their manager, Jerry Heller. He tried to tell everyone the truth about what was going on and nobody wanted to listen, so he went off on his own. He raps about what they used to be and how they basically sold out. He talks about how they let Jerry and money break them up. The song is actually sightly humorous if you listen and know the story behind it. If you ask me, it’s kind of the beginning of serious diss tracks. (For those of you who aren’t into rap, this is where rappers go at each other in their songs.)

This is your rap history lesson for the week. If you haven’t seen “Straight Outta Compton”, you definitely should.

Pic courtesy of pinterest