Friday, 4 May 2018
Lucy Museum of Musicians - Sum 41
Qualifying Songs: Fat Lip, Motivation, Pain For Pleasure
Not easy to classify the genre Sum 41 came under, pop punk seems to lump them in with the likes of Green Day and Offspring and they are not in that class but let's go with that until we think of something else.
Their music was a throwback to the days of punk, short fast frantic bursts of big chords and a bit of attitude and 'Pain For Pleasure' albeit far too short, has all of that though it tends to lean more towards the hair metal bands of the 80s.
The 'Pain For Pleasure' song is sometimes tagged onto the end of the music video for 'Fat Lip' which is just about larking about as a teenager and getting punched in the mouth (hence the Fat Lip) which looking at singer Deryck Whibley's face, must have happened quite a bit in his formative years.
That he managed to hook and marry the beautiful Avril Lavigne is a case of punching above his weight in the Billy Joel league.
'Motivation' is just one gloriously big dirty riff from start to finish and apparently about being self-centred, demotivated and being too lazy to look for motivation to do anything but if your ornaments are not bouncing off the shelves and your windows aren't shaking loose then you are just not playing it at the required volume to do it justice.