God Is a Bullet

Album: Free (1989)
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  • Concrete Blonde singer and bassist Johnette Napolitano sings on this searing track of her upbringing in Los Angeles. She told us: "We came out of the city, so that's where the band formed. That's where I was born and that's where I worked and that's where I pretty much grew up. So that was very much part of my experience. Being on the bus every day, going to work down Santa Monica Boulevard. I was very much on the streets all the time, since I was a kid. As soon as I could get out of the house and take the bus and roller skate up and down Hollywood Boulevard or whatever, I did. That's when I was 14. So it's very much been part of who I am."
  • Johnette lives now in the Southern California desert, two-and-a-half-hours away from LA. We asked her how she feels when she plays this song now? She replied: "A little more tired than I used to be, but it's a really good song. One of the things that I can do now that I couldn't before, just for simple reasons of time and distance, is appreciate the songs as just good songs rather than something that has to do with me and all, that's autobiographical or journalistic or whatever. No matter what it is, subject matter or not, analogy or not, metaphors or not, they're simply good songs."
  • This was a college radio hit and peaked at #15 on Modern Rock Tracks, Concrete Blonde's first song to land on any Billboard chart.

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