It ain't punk rock 'til the punk rockers say it's punk rock.
It ain't punk rock 'til the punk rockers say it's punk rock.
Don't waste your time examining the mind of a stripper
You're gonna get cripped in the crypt of the cripper.
It ain't punk rock 'til the punk rockers say it's punk
Rock!
Rock!
Rock!
Rock!

Number eighty-eight, number eighty-eight, number eighty-eight
Number eighty-eight, number eighty-eight, number eighty-eight
Why are all the white people filled with hate? (filled with hate)
Why do archaeologists excavate? (excavate)
Number eighty-eight, number eighty-eight, number eighty-eight
Number eighty-eight,
Number eighty-eight,
Number eighty-eight

I know its getting late,
We should wrap this debate
So let's dive under the covers where the good times await
Every life needs a fate
Every lad needs a mate
Every seller needs a buyer
Every oven needs a fire
And if you're on fire, you're gonna need some water
And if you're underwater, you're gonna need some air
And if you're in the air, you're gonna need a place to land
And if you're on land, you can come and see my piece of shit band!

It ain't punk rock 'til the punk rockers say it's punk rock.
Number eighty-eight, Number eighty-eight
It ain't punk rock 'til the punk rockers say it's punk rock.
Number eighty-eight, Number eighty-eight
Is this really happening?
Yes it is! (Yes it is!)
Are we always doing this?
Yes it is! (Yes it is!)
Not gonna be ya sweet billionaire, lover.


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    General CommentI think this is about the interpretation of art.

    "It ain't punk rock 'till the punk rockers say it's punk rock."
    What some perceive as art, others see as garbage, and usually the general agreement is made with the insight of a professional artist, who might be one of very few people of his understanding. Only punk rockers can tell if a song is punk rock.

    "I know its getting late,
    We should wrap this debate
    So let's dive under the covers where the good times await"
    The debate is on whether or not it's punk rock; the disagreement on the artistic value of something. Usually simply ceasing to discuss the matter (dive under the covers) brings everyone back to peace (where the good times await).

    "Every life needs a fate
    Every lad needs a mate
    Every seller needs a buyer
    Every oven needs a fire
    And if you're on fire, you're gonna need some water
    And if you're underwater, you're gonna need some air
    And if you're in the air, you're gonna need a place to land
    And if you're on land, you can come and see my piece of shit band!"
    Everything that exists require something else to coexist with it. Everything has a purpose. Everything artistic about a piece of art has its artistic purpose. Take a Rebecca Black song to a conspiracy theorist and see the kinds of Nazi references he can find in it.
    "Purpose", or logic, is the basis of artistic interpretation. Someone can write "fire" in his song lyrics and it can imply water, air, land, and band, because fire needs water to extinguish it, being underwater makes someone desperate for air, and being in the air causes someone to need a place to land.
    The last line says that being on land, one can come and see the piece of shit band. This is an example of hasty interpretation, where something is considered to be true just because it can be true.


    I wonder if "Not gonna be ya sweet billionaire, lover." refers to Electric Six themselves. Being devoted to their own style of art makes them far from mainstream and thus not as popular profitable as they could be.
    freezit4on November 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's basically an attack on all the pretentious people who need something to be a certain way before they respect it. We all have those friends who won't listen to anything popular or the least bit melodic because they see the musicians as sellouts. So, to them a band like Electric Six would never be considered punk (perhaps the only musical "genre" the punk aficionado in the ongoing debate truly respects), even though they definitely have some punk elements to them. Worse yet, so much punk is underpinned by hateful ideology these days. Ugh. The song asks why so many young white dudes are so full of hate. What do they have to be hateful about, especially compared the shit all the minorities have gone through? It's like Heterosexual Pride Day--the privileged majority whining about inequality is the ultimate slap in the face to minorities who have truly suffered. What a joke.
    Starwatcher23on July 02, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningI can shed a little light on what the lyrics mean. The number eighty-eight stands for Heil Hitler as the letter 'H' is the eighth letter of the alphabet. This makes the line "Why are all the white people filled with hate?" make a little more sense.

    Maybe the song is making fun of white supremacist punk rock bands. I dunno.
    mbowenon November 06, 2012   Link

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