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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Punk Rock Stars

by We Are The Union

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i was happy getting high in the basement
of an old brick house in burns park
pissed off and isolated
we turned the lights off and played along in the dark

so you cashed in on the character
safety pins and sabotage
and we all bought your counterfeit anger
while you were driving sports cars, doing nothing for the cause

so spike your hair and roll your jean cuffs
put on your docs and black leather jacket
shout and sing like you’re an anarchist
but you’re full of shit, and you know it

does your past catch up and make you choke
when you get a good look at yourself?
cause you were telling racist jokes
we kept the lights off and sang along in the dark

so dye your hair and put your plaid pants on
shout “fuck the man” but you are the man
sing your 72 hookers song
but you’re fucking wrong

the real great rock ‘n roll swindle
the real great rock ‘n roll swindle
our heroes laughing all the way to their million dollar homes
fall back down with no control
we’re gonna ride the wave of the status quo.


released February 5, 2021
written by reed michael wolcott
performed by we are the union
produced and recorded by jon graber and reed michael wolcott at a house in the desert, splendor 2 in north hollywood, ca and pot o' gold recording in orange, ca
mixed by jon graber
mix assist by reed michael wolcott
mastered by alex dobbert at the hitlab in nashville, tn
additional musicians:
david miller - trumpet
kevin miller - tenor & baritone saxophone
kenny lane schwartz - auxiliary percussion
jon graber - additional backing vocals


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We Are The Union Los Angeles, California

Drawing heavily on ska, pop, & punk, WATU’s 2021 full length, ‘Ordinary Life,’ balances soul crushing lyrics about dysphoria & heartbreak w/ endless hooks & furiously catchy choruses. The album, which serves as vocalist Reade Wolcott’s coming out as a trans woman, was recorded in secret in a rented house in Joshua Tree w/ producer Jon Graber. ‘Ordinary Life’ releases June 4th via Bad Time Records. ... more


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