A Season of Songs, day 8: Life Sentence

A Season of Songs is a type of Fun-A-Day project that I plan to do throughout this spring.  I’ll hit shuffle on the ol’ iPod and see what comes up.  I’ll then write a bit about that song, the band, the record, whatever.  Enjoy!

Today’s song is “Life Sentence” by The Dead Kennedys which appears on the “Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death” collection and originally appeared as the B-Side to the “Bleed For Me” 7″.

I’d rather stay a child
And keep my self-respect
If being an adult
Means being like you

I was exposed to the Dead Kennedy’s fairly early in my punk rock life (tho’ I didn’t get involved in punk ’til college, which is perhaps later than most).  I never really dug deep into their catalog and “Give Me Convenience…” is probably the only record that i’m intimately familiar with.  This might get me pegged as a poser by some, but who really takes someone seriously who actually uses the term “poser”?

This was always one of my favorite songs on that album.  Musically it’s a fun song — fast, short, Jello’s vocals all over the place — but I think the lyrics always spoke to me.  I tend towards being an overly logical, responsible adult.  I plan a lot.  Many might consider me boring because of these things.  But on the other hand, I am undoubtedly young at heart.  It might not always be evident to most of the world, but stupid, childish humor, the making up of stupid songs, dancing around the house — these are things I do.  Finding that balance between Mr. Logical and Mr. Fuck Off and Have Fun was an interesting part of my college experience.  I was a business management major but was also spending most of my time playing in punk bands, listening to punk bands, making zines, watching The Simpsons, etc.  The line “Now you’re an adult…you’re BORING” ran through my head with some frequency.  Ok, you can be an adult, but no need to be boring.  Have a fuckin’ sense of humor.

And I think I’ve been fairly successful at that.  And while I think I often do the same thing every day, I’m mostly doing what I want.  If I do have a life sentence right now, it’s a pretty decent one that I don’t mind.

Ok, fuckers, time to put the headphones on…it’s bebop time.


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