"Rip It Up" as written by and James Michael/sigerson Reyne....
It's like Clockwork Orange a bit of twenty on one
Breaking heads well that don't sound like much fun
Is that your only way of getting kicks
By breaking heads you can't fix

Do you think you're tough
Because you rip it up
Gotta rip you up
Do yo gotta rip it up
Gotta rip it up
Gotta rip it up

I've had enough of violence
Just to kill boredom makes no sense
We're not the background for your stupid fights
Get out of the darkness it's time to unite

Do you think you're tough
Because you rip it up
Gotta rip it up
Gotta rip it up
Gotta rip it up
Gotta rip it up

Gotta rip it up


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"Rip It Up" as written by Tony Brandenburg Rikk Agnew

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    General Commentyou know

    The Adolescents hit on so many issues and they are always dead on


    the point is

    fighting doesn't make you a man
    fighting makes you feared not respected

    it kind of fits right in with the second or third (can't remember exactly) of "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" by the Dead Kennedys.
    mizrboyon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about mindless violence
    Jewski530on October 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe jock douches punching each other (and random bystanders) in the pit at every show need to listen to this song a little closer...

    fuck the karate kids
    Tig45on October 01, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIn fact, that's exactly what this song is about.

    "we're not the background for your stupid fights"

    Quit going to shows to hit kids.
    Tig45on October 01, 2015   Link
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    Song FactThis song was written in direct response to all the violence instigated by gangs and jocks at punk shows in LA and Orange County in the 80's. That probably seems obvious, but Rikk Agnew himself confirmed this to me when I talked to him after a show years back.
    ZenArcadeon May 12, 2016   Link

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