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Post Adolescence will be performing May 17 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know


Tell Me About That Song: Johnny Straube, Vocalist and Guitarist of Seattle Garage Pop Band Post Adolescence

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Post Adolescence will be performing May 17 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Johnny Straube, singer and guitarist of Seattle garage pop band Political Adolescence, delves into Tea Party antics, ridiculously long song titles and Lord of the Flies.

Song: "What You Would Call Socialism (I Would Call Civilization)"

Album: Single release

Release Date: 02/10/2012

When was it written: I had been working on the song for months but I didn't finish the lyrics until the day before we went into the studio to record it in late January. With the Tea Party doing something crazy every day, I'd probably still be writing it if I hadn't had a deadline.

Where it was written: Like many of our songs, I composed most of the music and lyrics at home and then the rest of it really came together at practice with the band.

Favorite line in the song: "Someone went and gave the patients the key, a media empire, and made an old joke official: The most trusted news comes from Comedy Central." It's a sad state of affairs when comedians like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are more reliable with the news than the major networks.

Which part was the hardest to come up with: We're not one of those "political bands," but I am a political person. I had a lot to get off my chest, but being a pop band, you don't really want to bore everyone with some 10-minute-long dirge. I had a lot of angry and sarcastic things to say and only about four minutes to say it.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: I'd record an extended dance-remix version so I could fit in everything I really wanted to say about the Tea Party and Fox News. Of course then we'd have to give it an even more ridiculously long title.

Odd fact about song: If you play this song backwards, it sounds like Michael Moore reading excerpts from Karl Marx's "The Communist Manifesto" in French.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: The candidates in the Republican primaries were just starting to saturate the airwaves when the song was first taking shape. I felt like it was finally time to say something about the absurdity of the Tea Party and how dangerously sloppy news agencies have become.

When was your favorite time performing it live: So far, it would have to be The Sunset where we did the single release. I was launching into a faux-apology to anyone who might be offended by the song when suddenly our bassist, Gar, interjected with some rather colorful words of his own for the Tea Party. That got the crowd going before we'd even started the song.

What is the meaning behind the song: It points out religious and political

hypocrisy. If half of the things the Tea Party cried "Socialism" over were actually done away

with, we'd be living in our own version of Lord of the Flies. When you combine the brutality

of their ideals and complete lack of a grasp on reality with Fox News's pandering to the lowest common denominator, progress dies. There comes a time when you get so fed up you have to take a stand. We did ours with a kick-ass pop song.

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