“Bastards of Young” by The Replacements (1985)

23 09 2008

Okay here’s the bad news:  We are not related to anyone rich and/or powerful.  The good news?  That puts us in good company.  Like about 98.8% of the world’s population.

The problem is, the people calling the shots don’t seem to care too much about the rest of us.  When they start a war, it isn’t THEIR kids fighting it.  “We are the sons of no one, bastards of young” as Paul Westerberg sings.

“The ones who love us least are the ones we’ll die to please”

A big element of rock and roll music is rebellion.  And few rocked and rebelled like The Replacements.  Straight ahead, non-pretentious, raw power.  And in this track, they’re wailing into the exhaust of this proverbial machine we have created for ourselves, the one in which we have all the responsibility and little of the authority.

This song really pumps me up.  It says “Hey, I AM in this room, and you WILL respect me.  Not because I’m an heiress or Senator’s son, but because I am ME.”




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