They had a bad case of nostalgic blues
And started a group just to cop the tunes

(Bad boys whatcha gonna)

And all the kids went crazy when the singer screamed
They set their cymbals on fire it's a punk rock scene

And if we could break the rules that were already broken before we were born
Then we could hold them to their guns cause we'd be a punk rock band too

They had the town getting real tattoos
And wrote advice columns for the weekly review
What could they possibly do next to shock the crowd
"We're gonna rock rock rock you make you scream out loud"


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    General Commentgreat song, great music, great music, makes a pretty good statement, basically I think it is calling alot of people posers.
    alty29on July 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about how bands seem to just be something to do, rather than a passion for music.

    "They had a bad case of nostalgic blues
    And started a group just to cop the tunes"

    this is like, they thought of something that happened to them in the past, and just thought "hey let's write a song about it", just to "cop the tunes".

    "And all the kids went crazy when the singer screamed
    They set their cymbals on fire it's a punk rock scene"

    this is showing how even though they're fake, they still get kids screaming after them and admiring them. the fact that he refers to it as a "punk rock scene", seems to suggest that he thinks that fake bands just resort to punk rock rather their own genre or anything.

    "And if we could break the rules that were already broken before we were born
    Then we could hold them to their guns cause we'd be a punk rock band too"

    i love this part of the song. he's talking about fate, and that fate made him go into music "before he was born", and he's kept to that because it's what was meant for him. then he said if he broke these rules, and defied fate, then they could rival them ("hold them to their guns") as they'd be fake too ("they'd be a punk rock band too").

    the last part is about them gaining in popularity, and acting as if they're not fake ("wrote advice columns"), but then behind the scenes, they're wondering how they will sustain their fans' interest in them ("what could they possibly do next to shock the crowd?") -- they need a scandal or big event just to keep them hooked. and instead of that, he talks about how in their shows they just say ""we're gonna rock rock rock, make you scream out loud"", which means nothing.

    sorry, very badly explained, but hopefully i've got something across. this seems to relate to factory direct too.
    clsr556on September 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is Ben just mocking the punk scene. "They had a bad case of nostalgic blues / And started a group just to cop the tunes" is talking about how they listen to punk music (likely getting 'nostalgic' for the days of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and the Clash) and start writing the same exact songs that've already been written -- punk songs tend to follow the ol' I-IV-V format.

    "And if we could break the rules that were already broken before we were born
    Then we could hold them to their guns cause we'd be a punk rock band too"

    The original punk bands did it all -- any and all rules they could break have been done. There's no room to do anything further -- so you'll just be breaking the same rules to be the same punk band. Right in line with the question he asks: "What could they possibly do next to shock the crowd?" Not much -- it's all been done.

    Ben's not really a fan of punk music; there's a radio interview he did in either '96 or '98, I believe where he quite directly rips on the punk scene a bit. I had to laugh, even though I enjoy a little punk now and then.
    groovitudeon March 03, 2008   Link

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