A college essay on “Wasted” by Black Flag that makes it sound more important than it is.
My teacher can suck it.
"Wasted" is one of many punk songs by the legendary band Black Flag. Although it is incredibly simple, the song has stood the test of time and is still relevant to many. Whether through stereo or live show, "Wasted" can be a battle cry, a fun story, and even a song of sad reflection of a "wasted" childhood. Black Flag was never out to appeal to the rock n roll world as it stood in the late 70’s when the band formed, and styles with virtuosic musicians and other worldly themes dominated. Instead, they told their own story and experience of being a disillusioned outsider in middle class Hermosa Beach, CA, and this song of their first EP Nervous Breakdown is most evident of that expression, with no shame or humiliation. The song talks about singer Keith Morris’s youth in Hermosa Beach and how he used to be, foreshadowing into becoming a “punk”-something that was not really established in Los Angeles at the time. Many punks relate to this song to this day, as they all usually transition from what they once were into a different ethos and lifestyle. This is most evident in Black Flag’s hometown where punks have sang this song with pride for 35 years. A line in the song, “I was so heavy man I lived on the Strand” is a reference to being homeless on a section of an 18 mile bike path in the South Bay area of Los Angeles where people born before and into the world world of Black Flag can relate, even the person writing this essay. “Wasted” ceases to be regional with it’s other lyrics, however, as most people can relate to a youth or lifetime of spent getting drunk or high and carrying on in a seemingly meaningless life. Musically, it is the one of the first songs of the large catalog that would produce the sonic assault the band would create. At the time, it was some of the fastest music being payed, even faster than that of the Ramones or Sex Pistols, two bands of create influence to Black Flag. Guitarist Greg Ginn plays an incredibly distorted, down tuned, fast guitar, bassist Chuck Dukowski plays a charging, hammering bass line that still contains a swagger found in the attitudes of the town they were local to, and drummer Brian Migdol plays drums in a simple beat at rapid fire speed, leaving a violent yet catchy sound. The arrangement and speed of the music made it new, fresh and exciting-a new sound for the unimpressed, depressed, and disillusioned youth to relate to-a sound for those who never belonged to rally with and find understanding and family with the other broken kids who would become punks.
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