Hard Rock

Today’s post is about the awesome tune entitled See You in Hell by the British metal band known as Grim Reaper. This is the title track from their debut studio album released in 1983.

See You in Hell by Grim Reaper…What could this song possibly be about?

Most stupid people will dismiss this song as one of the many dime-a-dozen devil-themed British metal tunes of the early 1980s. I agree that this era had tons of songs that dealt with themes such as the occult, devil worship, satanism, witchcraft and the like. The pages of Circus and Hit Parader were filled with bands such as Helloween, Venom, Celtic Frost, Sodom, Mercyful Fate, and even KISS. One could easily lump Grim Reaper into this bunch, especially with a song (and album) called “See You in Hell.”

See You in Hell…What is Grim Reaper REALLY singing about?

Check out the video below and pay close attention!

After seeing that video, if you saw anything that could even possibly, even remotely, be considered satanic it’s because you specifically WANTED to find it.  You came in with a closed mind determined to find evil in whatever it was you were watching.  You would have found just as much satanic content in a John Denver tune.

Grim Reaper See You In Hell

Grim Reaper wants to see you in Hell, Michigan.

What See You in Hell is really about is a celebration of the journeys the band experienced every time it went out on tour.  Apparently, a place near and dear to the hearts of the band members was Hell, Michigan.  They just loved that place SO MUCH that they had to record a song in its honor.  They also cared enough about their fans that they wanted THEM to enjoy it as well, hence the repeated chorus of “I’ll See you in Hell, my friend!”  To be honest, it is such a surprise that the Hell Chamber of Commerce didn’t adopt this song and base a tourism campaign around it.  A missed opportunity, indeed!

Please give your input in the box below.  What do YOU think See You in Hell is about?

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.