Today’s post is about the song “Summer of 69″ from the Bryan Adams album entitled Reckless.  This album was released in 1984 and also contained multiple hits including “One Night Love Affair,” “Run to You,” and “Somebody” among others.  This album peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts in August 1985.

Bryan Adams-Summer of 69: What you are supposed to think the song is about

According to the song, Adams sings about how he got his first guitar and was learning how to play it and then how he got together with some of his classmates from school and formed a band.  This seems a legitimate scenario.  In fact, I would imagine this is how many bands would have started.


Bryan Adams Summer of 69

Bryan Adams performing live. Photo taken by Marco Maas (flickr user “qnibert00″) and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license.


Bryan Adams-Summer of 69: What I think this song is REALLY about

While the scenario above may make sense when taken at face value, new details emerge when a little research is done.  According to Wikipedia (which we know is always correct, without exception), Bryan Adams was born in 1959.  This would mean that he started his band at the age of ten.  Is that possible?  Well, yes, I suppose it could be until you do a little more critical thinking.  According to the lyrics:

Jimmy quit,
Jodie got married.
Should’a known
We’d never get far.

This would mean one of two things:

  1. He was a ten-year-old playing in a band with much older kids.
  2. He is full of shit about the events taking place in 1969.

I will analyze each of the scenarios above.

Ronnie James Dio, Byran Adams, Summer of 69

Ronnie James Dio joined his first band, the Vegas Kings, at the age of 15.

First, it is very unlikely that someone who may have been nine or ten years old would be playing in a band with others who are at the age where they are getting married.  Sure, there have been some instances where young band members played with older members.  I am not talking about instances where the entire band was young, like the Jackson 5 or Menudo or similar, nor am I talking about a solo act where the artist was young.  The only examples I can think of off the top of my head are Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard who joined the band on his fifteenth birthday, and Steve Winwood who joined the Spencer Davis Group at age 14.  Another young musician was Ronnie James Dio, who joined a local group in his hometown of Cortland, NY called the Vegas Kings at the age of 15.

The second, more likely, scenario is that this piece of Bryan Adams music used the number “69” as sexual innuendo.  He probably thought it would be cute to name his song “Summer of 69″ for that reason.  What do you think?  Vote below in the poll to give your opinion.

Today’s post is about Body Count’s remake of the Suicidal Tendencies classic song “Institutionalized.”  The song is from Body Count’s new album entitled “Manslaughter” and features Ice T on vocals.  Although the lyrics in Body Count’s version are much different than in the original version, the theme of the song stays the same.  The protagonist of the song is pissed off by bullshit and is labelled as insane by others who can’t accept the fact that some people get pissed off when exposed to shit that, well…pisses them off.

Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies (The Original Version)

In the original version of Institutionalized, released in 1983, the lead singer Mike Muir voices his frustrations about how things don’t always turn out the way he plans and how he needs time to think about things.  This makes his mom think he is on drugs.  Later in the song he sings about how he would like a Pepsi, but his mom would not let him have one, still insisting he was on drugs and how he needed professional help.

Institutionalized by Body Count (2014 Remake)

The 2014 remake, sung by rapper, actor, veteran, badass, etc. Ice T, has more modern, up-to-date lyrics.  In this version, instead of one story being told, there are three shorter stories.  In the first, Ice T sings about his wife getting all up in his shit about playing too much Xbox (based on some bullshit she saw on “Oprah.”)  In the second part of the song, he sings about dealing with internet tech support and the bullshit he has to go through getting his email password recovered over the telephone.  Finally, the last part of the song is about a vegan coworker giving Ice T shit about eating a ham sandwich and his other food choices.

Manslaughter Body Count Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies Ice T

“Manslaughter” by Body Count contains “Institutionalized,” a remake of the classic hard rock song from Suicidal Tendencies. This song features Ice T on vocals.

Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies vs Body Count

For those of you who are familiar with the original version should have no problem with the remake even those the lyrics are different.  One of the best things about the remake, in fact, is the changed lyrics.  In fact this whole album kicks ass.  What do you think about this song and how it compares with the original?  Click here to leave your comments or look for the box below.