Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell

Album: Days Go By (2012)
  • American punksters The Offspring close their ninth studio album, Days Go By with this black comedy cut. Vocalist Dexter Holland explained to Spinner that the idea of this song, "is the world's going to hell so let's have a drink and watch it burn."
  • The song title references the actor Slim Pickens and his role in Dr. Strangelove as the B-52 pilot Major T.J. "King" Kong. The movie's most famous scene has Pickens on top of a dropped H-bomb, waving his cowboy hat as he rides to his certain death. Said guitarist Noodles to Spinner: "The Slim Pickens reference adds a comedic tone to the song. That movie was hilarious, but it was very dark too. That's what this song is. It's a nihilistic thing, but at the same time we're making fun of the nihilists. It's not bad for 2 minutes and 50 seconds."
  • This follows "Dividing by Zero," and Days Go By's final two tracks intentionally sound like one song. Holland explained to Spinner: "Those were actually the last two we did for this record. We thought it would be cool to put two short songs together almost as if it were a short punk medley that adds up to one five minute song."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Mike CampbellSongwriter Interviews

Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."

Billy Gould of Faith No MoreSongwriter Interviews

Faith No More's bassist, Billy Gould, chats to us about his two new experimental projects, The Talking Book and House of Hayduk, and also shares some stories from the FNM days.

When Rock Belonged To MichelobSong Writing

Michelob commercials generated hits for Eric Clapton, Genesis and Steve Winwood in the '80s, even as some of these rockers were fighting alcoholism.

Lita FordSongwriter Interviews

Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.

How The Beatles Crafted Killer ChorusesSong Writing

The author of Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles, explains how the group crafted their choruses so effectively.

Black SabbathFact or Fiction

Dwarfs on stage with an oversize Stonehenge set? Dabbling in Satanism? Find out which Spinal Tap-moments were true for Black Sabbath.