Shut Up About Radiohead, Avril Lavigne
By Nancy Man on April 30, 2013
My husband and I got back from a road trip a few days ago.
We listened to a lot of music along the way. A lot of very forgettable music.
But one song stood out. Not because it was good. It was pretty bad, actually. It just happened to feature a particularly incongruous namecheck that kinda bothered me.
The song was "Here's to Never Growing Up" by Avril Lavigne. The lyrics were about wanting to drink and dance and party and be immature. Typical pop-song stuff.
And yet, the first line of the chorus was this: "Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs, with the boombox playing as we're falling in love."
It's hard to imagine that a person who sings a song like this one could possibly be a genuine Radiohead fan.
I would have believed Good Charlotte, or Eve 6. But Radiohead?
The namecheck just didn't make sense in terms of musical style, or taste.
And that made it seem like the sole purpose of the namecheck was for Avril to try to associate herself with a much more important/popular musical act.
And that...just made me want to turn the station. (Though I didn't. I couldn't. It was the only station we could hear clearly at the time.)
Have you heard the song? What's your opinion?
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