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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)
Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Annie Haslam of Renaissance
The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.