I grew up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. It is beautiful, it is peaceful and it is filled with vast quantities of wineries. But as a young teenage girl who was not of age to guzzle all those luscious bottles of wine, the Willamette Valley was simply a white-bread, boring area filled with totally square people who seemed to love being as prosaic as possible.
So, when I started getting into punk music as a way to vocalize my discontent with being ostracized for not wearing Coca-Cola brand polo shirts (which was a thing and if you didn’t have one you were a loser), Suicidal Tendencies was one of the bands that I often played, or, more to the point, it was their song Institutionalized that I put on permanent rotation to counteract the internal struggle that I felt to “Fight the Power” (which mainly meant that I chose to wear dark colors over pastels).
Even now, as I sit in my own home, surrounded by the glittery offerings of the barely lower middle-class, I sometimes feel a deep need to protest the prison cell of “Meh” that I created for myself (damn you HGTV) and so, I’ll push play on my iPod and hear the long run-on sentence of Mike Muir, underscored by the increasingly frantic guitar playing of Grant Estes, and feel okay, like even in this weirdly self-imposed suburban hell that I trapped myself in, there is still a chance I could burn the whole thing down.
Video (which co-stars the awesome Jack Nance and Mary Woronov) after the break.