My iPod #34: The Offspring – Americana

I got this album for Christmas 2005.

‘Americana’ is a good place to start if you’re just getting into The Offspring. A few of their most popular songs are on it, and the hard punk rock sound that they had had for many years was still present but it was also with this album that they started to explore punk with a bit of pop on the side.

The song is sandwiched in between the light, hey-hey-hey, na-na-na-nanah, upbeat song of ‘Why Don’t You Get a Job?‘ and the trippy and eventually epic climax ‘Pay the Man‘, and is the real last short and sharp burst of music that you hear by the band before the final song starts. The introduction takes up one minute of the song. Little by little, the instruments build up. First you hear a simple 4/4 bass kick, then some toms, a killer riff is then overdubbed, the rhythm section joins in with the background vocals, (Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.), on and on it continues like a tribal chant. Until Dexter barges in with the first line, ‘NOW I’D LIKE TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT MY DREAM, IT’S A PLACE.’

Then the song really kicks in. It’s energetic, it’s strong, the word ‘fuck’ is mentioned about five times on here. I have no idea what the song is about but seeing as it is the one the album is named after I would say that it is probably the centerpiece of the running theme of American society that is common throughout. I think the narrator is frustrated by what he lives in, what he is surrounded by and how he is defined.

‘My future’s determined by thieves, thugs, and vermin
It’s quite an excursion but it’s okay
Everything’s backwards in Americana my way’
 

How the narrator is brought up is only because ‘Americana’ made him that way, and this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. HE HAS BECOME ONE OF THEM. ‘Woh oh oh, woh oh oh, woh oh oh
My nightmare has come true.’
That’s just my interpretation anyway.

Then there’s a key change which would not be expected, but it’s pretty cool to hear. It adds a bit of something extra to the song. Otherwise it could have been a bit to repetitive.

This song’s a really good one. It’s one of my favourites of the album. It hits you hard after listening to the previous song.

Until next time.

Jamie.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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