If you ever want to feel fourteen again all you have to do is throw on Konstantine and sing along for nine and a half minutes.
This is because I can spell confusion with a K
and I like it
It's to dying in another's arms
And why I had to try it
It's to Jimmy Eat World
And those nights in my car
But this time I'm alone, and I don't see those stars
I'm not your star?
Isn't that what you said
What you thought this song meant
I get into music kicks from time to time. As we all do. The other day I stumbled upon a Something Corporate song, which led me to listening to all Something Corporate songs then all Jack's Mannequin songs. Then I found out that Andrew McMahon, the main guy from both those bands released a solo album recently and has another album coming out soon. Then I decided to do some research (read wikipedia) on McMahon. Want to hear some crazy shit?
Andrew McMahon left Something Corporate when he was twenty. He put out all these albums before he was 22 years old.
That's why songs like "If u c Jordan" and "I kissed a drunk girl" were such big hits with teenagers. They were written by one. I didn't know that I used to crush the entire discography of a teenager on repeat.
The best part about going on these music kicks is each song reminds me of a different time of my life. For example, Konstantine will always remind me of the drive to my girlfriends house in Connecticut because it lasted the entire time. 9 minute drive. We would just play that song and let it take us there. If U C Jordan reminds me of the first time I heard it, waiting in the car outside the high school to pick up my sister. Walking By for some reason brings me to California, driving to school with my younger sister and us talking about how it's one of our favorites of Something Corporate. It always blows my mind how memories and songs can be so intrinsically linked.
McMahon left Something Corporate because he wanted to get out of the basic pop punk scene. He wrote some songs that he felt were outside of that feel. The band was over worked from a long tour and decided to take a break. That's when he wrote his first Jack's Mannequin album. Then he got diagnosed with Leukemia. He documented the entire experience and made a film about it called Dear Jack. It's a pretty incredibly look inside his life at that time.
The other fun tidbit about SoCo and the early 2000's is that Konstantine became his most requested song by a longshit despite never releasing it on an album. It caught steam solely on Kazaa and Limewire. Everyone had it and everyone was downloading it but there were two different live versions that floated around and they were a little different from each other. I remember some friends would sing the version different from mine and then it'd be like, "oh you have that one...bummer". He always refused to play it. He felt that once he played it he would have to play it at every show for the rest of his life. In 2013 this changed and he played it at every show on the tour. Now he only plays it once a year. On November 11th.
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