Screeching Weasel is one of the best bands there is in the history of bands. Period. We saw them do a short semi-surprise reunion show at the Fireside Bowl a few years back before we moved out of Chicago, playing several of my favorites.

I’m not the biggest fan of boogadaboogadaboogada, though. I think they wrote much, much better albums. I guess that’s good because that’s a pretty early record, so they improved as they went on. “Hey Suburbia” is one of the best tracks on that album, though. Just recently my wife and I realized we’re not clear on a line in it. Here’s the lyrics:

Try and tell us our future’s at stake
We’re gonna slam dance on your grave
Cause we don’t give a shit about tomorrow
You say we’re a bunch of lazy bums
We just wanna act stupid and have some fun
Cause we don’t give a shit about tomorrow
Hey suburbia
We’re in love with you
We won’t end up like you want us to be
But so what cause we’re always gonna be happy
Cause we don’t give a shit about tomorrow
Tell us we’ll regret the things we did
But we’re just gonna give you a big wet kiss
Cause we don’t give a shit about tomorrow
Hey suburbia
We’re in love with you

The boogada version omits the ending refrain of “shut up” on the superior version of the song on Kill The Musicians and I’m not convinced they’re accurate about the first line of the second verse. In the album version the line sounds like “won’t end up like you wanted to be” or it might be “want it to be.” In the cover of this song by the very fine Even In Blackouts, featuring ex-SW guitarist Jughead, this line is sung “we won’t end up like you wanted to be” or “want it to be”
Incidentally, the online lyrics list and EIB sing the fourth line as saying “regret the things we did” but on boogada it sounds like “those things” rather than “the things.”

Speaking of great punk bands from Chicago, we saw the Methadones and Naked Raygun friday nite and again last nite. Fanfuckingtastic, I do declare. Among the high points was Dan Schafer from the Methadones (AKA former Screeching Weasel member Dan Vapid) joining Naked Raygun both sets for a rendition of “Someday” by his awesomely awesome old band Sludgeworth.

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