You're so tormented
Demented
Indebted
To all the assholes
(Just like you)
Who've come and gone
(Before you)
predictable
Just plain dull
Why don't you
Blow your brains out, too
You're so into yer shtik

You're so hounded
Ungrounded
Surrounded
By scum suckin' leeches
Who will shovel your shit
Sweep your dirt
(Hoping for an...)
Feed your ego
They never tell you no
All of you
Make me sick
You're so into yer shtik

And they're all into your shtik

Well, Mitchell's got a new girl
She's nineteen
Hollywood model
Star of the screen
Well, she's up here
To support the scene
It's all part
Of his rock and roll fantasy

Stan was at the bar
With bandaged hands
They tried to dry him out
And he got mad
He cut his fist
Punchin' hospital glass
Made his myth
Now he's trapped

Susie's just a girl
Who's doin' her job
That came to New York
And wanted a car
Workin' with the management
To the stars
Kissin' ass
Is a part of her job

Well, it's part of her job
Yeah, it's part of her job
Oh she loves her job
What the hell
She does it so well

I'm not perfect
I live a life of mistakes
I'm not perfect
But there's one thing I can't take
You are into yer shtik
You're so into yer shtik
And they're so into yer shtik
Fuck you all, you make me sick


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  • +3
    General Commentthe main person with the shtik is courtney love though the other verses are about the hole guitarist Eric something,who went out with drew barrymore at the time hence the hollywood model thing, the next is about layne stanley the alice in chains singer who hung around with them, the last one is janet sue billig part of nirvana/hole management.

    the whole song is mark arms disgust at what these people had become...

    one of the finest angriest garage songs ever written
    youknowimrighton August 22, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is great for anger management. :)

    It's so good in that it applies to just about any person (famous or not) who goes through life with an overinflated ego and/or a 'woe is me/poor me/you don't know what I've been through' mentality (and we all know how many of those types there are out there). But at the same time, you know who Mark Arm was likely directing the message to at the time he wrote it (Courtney Love and various other characters in the Seattle scene whose celebrity attitudes he'd grown sick of).

    The person who mentioned the current emo/post-grunge drudgery that is being beaten to death on the airwaves right now also had a good point. The overall meaning of the song just fits so many different situations and will always be relevant.
    F2B&Gon June 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm not a fan of Mark Arm, especially because his grumbling rants, against everybody up there seattle, makes me wonder if he had some jealousy problem or if he like to talk shit on everybody. I can understand his frustration for not being included in the "seattle four" but he have to accept that there are many variables and that many times the success is made 50-50 of talent and luck.
    But he will always be considered one of the founders of the latest innovative music for 30 years now.

    Anyway, these are my thoughts: this song is about the "scene" and how, when the business overcome the music, everything start to be about money, shit and phony classic rock dude, sex drug and rock and roll.

    "You're so tormented
    Demented
    Indebted
    To all the assholes
    (Just like you)
    Who've come and gone
    (Before you)
    predictable
    Just plain dull
    Why don't you
    Blow your brains out, too
    You're so into yer shtik

    You're so hounded
    Ungrounded
    Surrounded
    By scum suckin' leeches
    Who will shovel your shit
    Sweep your dirt
    (Hoping for an...)
    Feed your ego
    They never tell you no
    All of you
    Make me sick
    You're so into yer shtik"

    You play the role of the damned rocker that, as a clichè, sooner or later will die, or because of drugs or because commits suicide. This parts seems to be about Nirvana entourage. Courtney and Kurt, the tormented couple of Seattle trapped by their own fantasies, sorrounded by too muck "yes men" that, indeed of spank them, feed their addictions for the money and for stay under the spot light of their fame.
    But a great role in this scenario is played by Courtney, who, on the basis of a difficult and complicated childhood , pour out on her husband and on the group, her whole madness (madness that seems more like a mask than a reality). And Mark Arm says: kill yourself, make us this favour.

    Well, Mitchell's got a new girl
    She's nineteen
    Hollywood model
    Star of the screen
    Well, she's up here
    To support the scene
    It's all part
    Of his rock and roll fantasy

    This guy, as in a movie, now have this model girlfriend (little story: The alternative scene was always being against models, considered a bad role model for women. One day, Axl Roses arrived in the back stage with a model and Courtney Love started to began to tease her and eventually Axl told Kurt: hey, shut up your bitch! and Kurt, referring to Courtney: Shut up bitch!
    Or Beth Liebling, in the backstage, screamed Models! Models! as a warning signal when she saw them coming - ah, the irony!) that, as at Coachella, play the role of alternative girlfriend of the alternative rocker, but it's all a bunch of bullshit!

    Stan was at the bar
    With bandaged hands
    They tried to dry him out
    And he got mad
    He cut his fist
    Punchin' hospital glass
    Made his myth
    Now he's trapped

    This part is obviously about Layne Staley (Stan). Bandaged hands because of abscesses from heroin, sourrounded by many people that would like him being clean and sober. But, according to Arm, he is ok in the myth of tormented guy. He escape from rehab, he's ok being an addicted. But now, even if he would like to stop, he is trapped into the cage build by himself. ( a note: Mark Arm considers himself cooler of Layne and Kurt because he overcome his addiction)

    Susie's just a girl
    Who's doin' her job
    That came to New York
    And wanted a car
    Workin' with the management
    To the stars
    Kissin' ass
    Is a part of her job

    Well, it's part of her job
    Yeah, it's part of her job
    Oh she loves her job
    What the hell
    She does it so well

    Susie is a girl that work in the music management, and even if her job is, for a great part, kiss the ass of spoiled musicians ( again, musicians that have sold their souls to majors and have kicked the music for money) she enjoy her job. and seems to be a great sin because the business is full of shit!

    I'm not perfect
    I live a life of mistakes
    I'm not perfect
    But there's one thing I can't take
    You are into yer shtik
    You're so into yer shtik
    And they're so into yer shtik
    Fuck you all, you make me sick

    A little awareness from Mark Arm: I'm not perfect, I made ​​mistakes and so on. But you do a lot more crap to me and I will not stand it. Fuck everything and everyone.
    Aliceinchainsdeniedon February 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentabout the scene, and people that went head over heels for fame. I hope the "blow your brains out too" is NOT about Kurt Cobain. It may be though, the timing would be correct.
    grungebaby92on July 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems like it's about people who've sold out and abandoned thier integrity for fame or money or whatever. "The blow your brains out too" does seem like its about Kurt to me, which makes me think the first verse is about the lovely Ms. Love (Please don't let this turn into a murder debate like EVERY Nirvana song.) I don't think it's necassarily disrespectful to Kurt it just seems like they're saying "Why don't you follow this trend aswell?" Also the timing is all wrong and I know this isn't what Mudhoney had in mind when this song was written but that first verse reminds me so much of the current emo phase we're in with music at the moment. Maybe once a genre goes mainstream it becomes like this as almost a default.
    Atom of Edenon August 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMost of everyone hit it on the head with it about being about the commercialization of the grunge scene.
    PintoMelovich92on December 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe "blow your brains out too" line is probably about kurt, but i think the song or at least that verse is about artists who copy other artists who came before them. hes mocking the post-grunge bands saying, ok since youve copied everything nirvanas ever done, now that hes dead why dont you put a shotgun in your mouth and be really authentic. real angry song
    Furthest1on November 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about Layne Staley , who was the singer of Alice In Chains. Mark Arm said it in the " Grunge is dead " book by Greg Prato .
    linkous66on September 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to Mark and Steve (as told in "Everbody Loves Our Town; An Oral History of Grunge"):
    The first two verses are equally about Courtney Love and Scott Weiland.
    "Stan" is Layne Staley.
    "Mitchell" is Eric Erlandson of Hole, and his 19 year old girlfriend (at the time) is, Drew Barrymore.
    "Susie" is Janet Billig of Gold Mountain Management.
    Brewseron October 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think Mark considers himself "cooler" or somehow better than Kurt and Layne because he successfully quit smack and they didn't. There isn't really anything "cool" or superior about being a recovered addict, because that means you were an addict at some point. I think Mark is more disappointed and/or frustrated that they didn't make it. Yes, he can be an abrasive character with little tolerance for sugar-coating and bullshit, and that's bound to rub some people the wrong way. However, he's said himself that without his wife's ultimatum, he'd likely be a dead junkie too. "Cool" is probably about the last thing the members of Mudhoney would ever call themselves, as a group or individually.

    The verse "made his myth, now he's trapped" refers directly to Layne's self-expressed contentment with becoming the junkie rockstar caricature he drew for himself on 'Dirt'. For as many times as he tried and failed to kick heroin for good, Layne eventually got to a point where he gave up and convinced himself that he was just meant to be an addict. It's very true that Mark considered this attitude pathetic, and a waste. You probably would too, if you have ever spent a significant amount of time watching an active alcoholic and/or addict slowly and deliberately kill themselves.

    "Why don't you blow your brains out too?" along with that entire first verse, and the title of the song itself, are obvious jabs at all of the copycat 'post-grunge' bands like Candlebox, Bush, Seven Mary Three, Creed, etc. that ripped off the grunge sound for a quick profit.

    The second verse is about Courtney Love and the Nirvana entourage.

    I always thought "Susie" was Susan Silver, manager of Soundgarden and Alice in Chains and ex-wife of Chris Cornell. Honestly though, there were (and still are) loads of those self-aggrandized con artists running around collecting paychecks at the expense of the actual performers.
    F2B&Gon February 26, 2015   Link

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