Half-Life

Album: Here Comes The Zoo (2001)
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Songfacts®:

  • According to lead singer Scott Lucas, "Half-Life" is about "Being stuck in a station that you had no say on." It's a common theme for Local H, heard on their tracks "Bound For The Floor," "Nothing Special" and a number of others.
  • "Half-Life" is a chemistry term meaning the time it takes an isotope to lose half of its radioactivity. In the context of this song, it means the singer is living the equivalent of half a life, as he feels stifled.
  • Directed by Phil Harder, the music video shows the band performing at a demolition derby.
  • Original Local H drummer Joe Daniels had left the band by this point, replaced by Brian St. Clair, who wrote this song with frontman Scott Lucas.
  • The Here Comes the Zoo album was produced by Jack Douglas, known for his work with Aerosmith in the '70s.

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