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This was inspired by a nostalgic trip lead singer Dexter Holland took to his old neighborhood, Garden Grove in Orange County, California. Many people he knew had met tragedy (i.e., car accidents, nervous breakdowns, etc.).
Holland: "You grow up in America, and you're supposed to have a bright future."
The rest of the album explores other, more light-hearted, aspects of life in the United States.
The title is a takeoff on the name of a concert documentary and compilation album released by The Who in 1979 called The Kids Are Alright.
This was featured in the film The Faculty. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
John Lee Hooker
Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed Bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write The Blues.
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
Rupert crafted hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.