Punk Roq Korner: Circle Jerks “Beverly Hills”
Any time I need a good dose of old school punk I hit up my friend Jack of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Society Gone Madd[/lastfm] and so I’ve been having him drop songs on KROQ.com every Friday in our Punk Roq Korner. Here he be again:
It’s hard to pick just one song from Group Sex, one of the greatest punk albums of ALL TIME, but “Beverly Hills” seemed like a good choice, since the lyrics and content are still relevant to today.
Group Sex did not necessarily speak to the completely despondent punks who saw no future. Rather, it recruited regular old suburban youth, especially from the greater LA area, into a new way of looking at the world.
The identification and justification are immediate when Keith Morris sings “Bevery Hills . . . Century City . . . Everything’s so nice and pretty . . . All the people LOOK the SAME . . . Don’t they know they’re so damn lame!” There is a sense of relief knowing that others see the world the same way you do – as a complete and total mess.
Here’s an interview with Keith from the film American Hardcore, where he describes some of the emotion and driving force behind their music (and the explosiveness of their live shows).