21st Century (Digital Boy)

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About 21st Century (Digital Boy)

"21st Century (Digital Boy)" is a song by the punk rock group Bad Religion. It was originally recorded in 1990 on their fifth full-length studio album Against the Grain and re-recorded on the 1994 album Stranger Than Fiction. The following year it was included on the All Ages compilation release. Although the Against the Grain version was not released as a single, the Stranger Than Fiction version was a popular hit. The hit version was also featured on the 2002 compilation Punk Rock Songs, which was not endorsed by the band.  


Year:
1990
2:50
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I can't believe it
The way you look sometimes
Like a trampled flag on a city street
Oh yeah

And I don't want it
The things you're offering me
Symbolized barcode, quick I.D
Oh yeah

'Cause I'm a twenty-first century digital boy
I don't know how to live but I got a lot of toys
My daddy's a lazy middle-class intellectual
My mommy's on Valium, so ineffectual
Ain't life a mystery, yeah?

I can't explain it
The things you're're saying to me
It's going yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh yeah

'Cause I'm a twenty-first century digital boy
I don't know how to read but I got a lot of toys
My daddy's a lazy middle-class intellectual
My mommy's on Valium, so ineffectual, oh
Ain't life a mystery, yeah? 

Tried to tell you about no control
But now I really don't know
And then you told me how bad you had to suffer
Is that really all you have to offer?

'Cause I'm a twenty-first century digital boy
I don't know how to live but I got a lot of toys
My daddy's a lazy middle-class intellectual
My mommy's on Valium, so ineffectual, yeah

(Twenty-first century digital boy) cats, sports, iron claw
(Twenty-first century digital boy) neurosurgeon screams for more
(Twenty-first century digital boy) innocents raped with napalm fire
(Twenty-first century digital boy) everything I want, I really need

Ain't life a mystery, yeah?

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Bad Religion

Bad Religion is a punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1979. The band makes extensive use of soaring 3-part vocal harmonies (which they refer to in their album liner notes as the "oozin' aahs"), guitar solos and intellectual lyrics that often contain political or religious commentary. Their lyrics often relate to matters of social responsibility. The band's lineup has changed several times over its lifespan, with lead vocalist Greg Graffin being the only consistent member; the current lineup, however, features three out of four of the band's original members (Graffin, Brett Gurewitz and Jay Bentley). more »

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Written by: BRETT GUREWITZ

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13 facts about this song

Song Origin
"21st Century (Digital Boy)" is a song by the American punk rock band Bad Religion. It was originally recorded in 1990.
Album Release
It was first featured on their fifth studio album "Against the Grain" and was released again on the 1993 album "Recipe For Hate".
Chart Performance
Upon its re-release, the song charted on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks at number eleven, marking it as Bad Religion's highest charting song.
Song Structure
The song epitomizes the band's signature style of fast, syncopated guitar riffs and big vocal harmonies.
Lyric Themes
Lyrically, it criticizes consumerism and modern technology.
Music Video
The music video for the 1993 release version features the band playing in what appears to be a suburban home while a young boy is watching television.
Band Members
During the recording of this song, the band consisted of Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley, Greg Hetson, and Pete Finestone.
Popular Culture
The song has been used in various elements of popular culture, including in the video games Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
Critics Review
Critics have lauded the song for its satirical take on the technology-obsessed society of the 21st century.
Influence
"21st Century (Digital Boy)" has influenced a number of other punk rock and alternative bands.
Live Performances
The song has become a staple in Bad Religion's live performances.
Public Reaction
While it didn't make waves on commercial radio, the song built a substantial fan base and affirmed Bad Religion's status as a pioneering punk band.
Re-recordings
This song is one of the few times where Bad Religion has re-recorded a previously released song. It was slightly slower, more polished, and had slight changes in the lyrics.

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