3588. “Statecontrol” by The Hives

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The Hives have kind of a distinct 21st century garage rock sound for most of their songs, but they play it a lot closer to stander bash and thrash late 70’s punk on “Statecontrol” right down to the vague political statement in the lyrics:

I’m gonna lie, I’m gonna cheat.
I’m gonna follow their lead then skip a beat.
I’m gonna lie, I’m gonna cheat
And if that don’t do it I don’t know what will.
I’m gonna lie I’m gonna cheat.
I’m gonna follow their lead then skip a beat.
I’m gonna lie, I’m gonna cheat.
I can’t control the state I’m in
Go back in line and repeat it again.

A little touch of the Buzzcocks and maybe a dash of The Clash.

Its a decent enough punk song, but it doesn’t really distinguish itself from a thousand other similar songs – save perhaps by the fact that its simply performed better than those thousand other songs.


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