One of the more fun tunes the band performs. From its quirky opening guitar to Luke stammering and giving sloppy delivery of the lyrics, the subject and performance is a send up of the modern world and the modern music it bathes itself in.
The chorus was written well before the lyrics and sat on the shelf, unfinished, for over a year. The problem wasn’t writing lyrics for the verses. As a matter of fact we had to whittle it back a ton because there’s only a zillion subjects to play with that would fit the theme of the song. The problem was finding something musically for a verse that tied to the music of the chorus. The chorus has a somewhat “country” feel and we didn’t want to do a modern country song. “Bro-Country” has trainwrecked County Music and we were afraid of it taking that route.
Out of the blue it was discovered, the intro riff, which all the verses ride on top of, was a musical exercise the guys had come up with to work with and practice “drop D tuning” on the guitar. In doing so, they had made this insanely catchy little guitar part. Well, you stick part “A” into part “B” and boom! You’ve got a perfect little ditty to poke fun at modern music and modern life.
Joey Bruno (drummer) plays the opening guitars and also insisted on the song starting with a drum machine. He doesn’t play the actual drum kit until the first chorus.
The song was originally titled, “This Modern Life”.
Luke Baggett did all the vocals on the song. Including all the funny, funky, dropped in vocal blurbs.
Luke also had some difficulty in “messing up” some of the delivery of the lyrics. Making fun of everyone wanting to be in the music business, some people record very poorly and with no talent. It’s a send up of their poor performance skills. Luke is a perfectionist and always drops his lines very naturally. He found that intentionally messing up is tougher than it looks.
The song started selling in Denmark before it caught on in the U.S. Not necessarily for the message of the song but it seems the Danes like the intro and D.J.s over there were looping and mixing it in for the high energy and the impact it had for dancers on the dance floor!
The sirens, screaming, gunfire, etc. at the end of the song are the work of Luke and our Engineer, Eric Bates. Luke had the idea for the ending and Eric said they had thousands of sounds in their studio library. Joey wrote the song and was unsure, but he stepped out of the studio, told them to “do their worst” and “Whatever you guys decide, I’m sure will be fine”. An hour later he came back to what he called “the worst surprise he could imagine”. But, he kept his word and left it. To this day he eats his words because people tell him constantly it’s a great ending to the song