Hey you know how people are always saying a song influenced such and such genre of music? Ok, well this song didn't influence rap or at least bling rap - wouldn't it have been great for there not to have been a bling era in rap too? Grotesque celebrations of wealth preaching lies to the converted eager to believe them?
Because then you'd have an artist challenge his audience like this - it's an anti-war song too dammit - and he doesn't forget the poor, oppressed, and those without faith.
One of the better American "mainstream" bands of the 70s (that's not associated with Punk), Cheap Tricks first 3 albums hinted at a mix between pop and big Rock in genuinely smart, fun and funny ways. One of their best songs and loud too.
In September 1991 an alternative Rock album came out of nowhere that single-handedly changed Rock music forever...........and I do not mean Nirvana's Nevermind.
I mean rather an album by a band that explicitly disliked "heavy" bands (like Nirvana) - that was just heavy metal to them - but they adored the early Ramones. Screeching Weasel's "My Brain Hurts", which like Nevermind, inspired a billion awful imitators upon release, and unlike Nevermind explicitly sounded like teenagers were making it.
Here is the band performing live in a house for a radio performance at this exact time - lead mastermind Ben Weasel can't go the 1 and 1/2 minute duration of this song without smoking (hilariously), slips in the Ramones 1-2-3-4 (twice), and the song itself overtly and (in bad taste) rather cruelly mocks heroin abuse and the addict herself but also has a weird unflinching sympathy too - just like a teenager would actually write and sing about it.
Like Nevermind.......the creators of this great album would never come close to matching this peak again either.
Mostly wonderful feminist band Tacocat - while annoyingly condescending to the middle class office workers here, how indie! - wrote one of my favorite lines in this scathing and mostly funny put-down of yuppies who invade the city where they live on weekends and f*ck it up by having (horror!) fun and drinking beer and not cleaning up after themselves (rude!).
"Work hard, play hard, business elite" ...........Pretty clever ladies.....