"Back In The Day" as written by Joseph W. Daniels and David Scott Lucas....
Well punk is dead
And yeah you're next
But it seems no one has told you yet
So hardcore
You must be sore
You come on like a major threat
Face I know you like it
Hard 'N' straight
Face Think I'll hang around and wait
Hey old school yeah you were cool
But that was back in the day
Well take a bow
Harder than thou
You scream "Guilty" like a Judge on high
Well beat them back
The New Jacks
More than music it's a way of life

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"Back in the Day" as written by Joseph Daniles David Scott Lucas

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    General CommentThis is my favorite Local H song. The bass is so amazing. The song seems to be along the same lines of High-Fiving Mother fucker
    wassonon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt could be talking about the death of the Hair Metal scene in the early 90's, perhaps a band who is still hanging. I don't think the "punk is dead" line at the start means the person in question is a punk rocker, but probably refferring to the fact that, at the start of the 80's everyone was saying "Punk is dead". He's basically saying to this guy "yeah, punk is dead, but you're next".
    laminatedeffecon December 22, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationOk, so I think this song is pretty right on the nose. I don't think there is much interpretation to be done here. The song is obviously about late 80s early 90s hardcore punk - specifically the more metal influenced hardcore. Let's look at the evidence. One thing though - they were completely unaware of actual hardcore punk and the proto powerviolence that was going on during this time - so no, punk wasn't and isn't dead.

    He is saying punk is dead and you're (hardcore) next. He is referring to bands such as Judge. Notice that word is capitalized. He talks about the subject of the song being "hard n straight" - I believe a direct description of these bands' militant straight edge messages.

    Two other cleverish word plays here. He uses the word "hardcore" maybe referring to the genre but also referring to their militant style. Then he follows up with saying "come on like a major threat" - obviously a nod to the band, Minor Threat.

    Anyways, I'm not sure if this is a general statement to the whole punk scene and being unsatisfied with that he thought it had evolved to or is he specifically just speaking to this strain of "punk." I say this because it is important to know that punk was not dead or dying! By the mid 90s (when this album came out) - powerviolence was an established genre in punk and it with related subgenres like trashcore were really the only representations of punk around in my opinion.
    latelastwinteron August 20, 2017   Link

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