Bitchin' Camaro

Album: Big Lizard in my Backyard (1985)
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Like most of the The Dead Milkmen's work, "Bitchin' Camaro" is primarily written to be a comedic song. The lyrics were penned by Rodney Linderman, and the rest of the band wrote the music.

    The song starts off with an extended bit of banter that works as a satirical characterization of teenagers with derivative tastes but inflated self-images. The second half of the song, which is sung by the imaginary owner of the titular Camaro, follows in similar thematic footsteps. It mocks somebody who owns an unimpressive car but believes it to be edgy and impressive, and uses this as justification for engaging in stupid, reckless behavior. You know that guy.
  • Several of the lines in the wry banter that makes up the first half of the song refer directly to The Doors' song, "Love Me Two Times." Singer Joe Genaro puts a darkly comic spin on the original chorus, replacing the line "Love me two times, I'm goin' away" with "Love me two times, 'cause I've got AIDS." The song goes on to reference the lead singer of The Doors, noting that "that was a pretty good Jim Morrison impression." This section is clearly farcical, as they talk about driving to the Bahamas, which as they point out, are islands.
  • Although the song focuses on the humorous boasts of a Camaro-owning roustabout, nobody in the band has actually owned a Camaro.
  • The line "Tony Orlando and Dawn" refers to the pop music act of the same name, a duo who was popular during the '70s.
  • The dialogue at the beginning of the song is improvised, making for great fun at live shows. However, since he has to voice lines for two imaginary, conversing characters, singer Joe Genardo says performances of the song leave him feeling a bit "schizophrenic."
  • Big Lizard in my Backyard was the first album released by The Dead Milkmen, and debuted their crass, fast, comedic style. "Bitchin' Camaro" received considerable airplay on college radio and, while the band didn't officially release any singles from the album, this was enough to build up a fanbase for the group.
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments: 1

  • John from GeorgiaI've noticed a couple of your "facts" suggest that Joe "Jack Talcum" Genaro vocalized both parts of the intro to this song. To the contrary, I believe that Rodney "Amadeus Anonymous" Linderman was the primary contributor to the song, both in its intro and its main body.
see more comments

Kim Thayil of SoundgardenSongwriter Interviews

Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.

The FratellisSongwriter Interviews

Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.

Charlie DanielsSongwriter Interviews

Charlie discusses the songs that made him a Southern Rock icon, and settles the Devil vs. Johnny argument once and for all.

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkSong Writing

Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.

Michael SchenkerSongwriter Interviews

The Scorpions and UFO guitarist is also a very prolific songwriter - he explains how he writes with his various groups, and why he was so keen to get out of Germany and into England.

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in SongsSong Writing

Elvis, Little Richard and Cheryl Cole have all sung about Teddy Bears, but there is also a terrifying Teddy song from 1932 and a touching trucker Teddy tune from 1976.