“Here I Am” was the first single by American punk rock band The Explosion, and appeared as the third track on their second album Black Tape. Like the majority of tracks on that album it focuses on a theme of greed and corruption in our society, and here it is the police who are the subject matter. Though the narrator wonders on ‘the golden age’ of yesterday when things weren’t so bad, he soon realises that those times are gone and that the present is what he should really be focusing on.
Being a punk rock song there is nothing but guitars, bass and drums delivered to you, but it’s quite different in that the music is very melodic and addictive to listen to. The lead guitar riff catches your attention straight away – it is buried in the mix a bit on the album version but it is at the forefront of the mix in the video – and lead singer Matt Hock’s raspy vocals are a perfect fit to the song’s elating instrumentation.
This song sound familiar to you? Did you own Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, Burnout 3: Takedown, and Pixar’s Cars on the PlayStation 2? There’s your answer.