Less Cute

Album: Say Anything (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Frontman Max Bemis explained this song to Alternative Press: "It's about a college-age girl who is infatuated with a college-age guy who doesn't love her at all but sleeps with her all the time. So she finds an easier, more submissive guy to use to make this other guy jealous. It's a terrible love triangle. In society, we see this happen all the time. I've seen this happen so many times: people pursue what is not healthy, including myself when I was younger. I could have played any of these roles in my life. We pursue that which is not healthy for us or gives us what we want. It's what seems viable based on what society's standards are, such as being attractive. In reality, it is just a lie that we're pursuing and we are willing to hurt anyone to get that. In that process, everyone gets really screwed over. Even though society says this is dating, this is what it's about: people get jealous of each other and people date people they don't like that much. All of these things are acceptable in society, but they are demeaning and make people feel terrible. I wanted this song to illuminate what we think is normal for your love life is actually sometimes a really destructive process."

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