Red Flag – Billy Talent (By Guest Contributor The Appreciation Enthusiast)

You’ve already had my post for the day. I’ve banged on about Mos Def and The Embassy. Well here’s a bonus track for you. From WordPress Hip Hop Correspondent Ant @ The Appreciation Enthusiast. While I’m talking about Hip Hop today he’s giving us his Punk Pop and Gaming memories and talking about a true classic of the genre… 

I remember playing SSX: On Tour for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2005, that’s when I found one of my favorite songs of all time. The soundtrack had one unique song that made me play the game every day for hours on end just so I could snowboard down a digital mountain while Billy Talent’s “Red Flag” played through my TV speakers.

I bought my first ever album in June of 2006, this being Billy Talent’s second album Billy Talent II. One of my favorite albums of all time, this album featured everything a nine-year-old kid could ever want. Politically charged songs filled with metaphors which I wouldn’t understand until I was older and songs about relationships and loss that I’ve never experienced were what filled my headphones as a child. Except for one outlier, “Red Flag” was the one song I listened more than any other one on the album, for good reason too. “Red Flag” is a masterpiece and a punk rock essential in my own opinion.

While this song is only three minutes and 16 seconds long, it’s filled with clever comparisons and memorable symbolism that I still love to hear even to this very day. This song about a revolt led by the youth along with it’s accompanying music video which depicts that exact scenario is exactly what a rebellious young child like myself would find entertaining.

“Cast off the crutch that kills the pain
The red flag waving never meant the same
The kids of tomorrow don’t need today
When they live in the sins of yesterday”

These words defined my childhood and continue to be an important part of my current ideology as an adult. The idea of future generations being forced to live with the mistakes that the older generation’s have made is very heavy and thought-provoking even for a child. While this song and the band itself is often underrated I believe Billy Talent is a hidden gem amongst the Canadian music scene. This deafening battle-cry is my second favorite song of all time and yet 12 years later still can beat out every other song in the world for the second spot on my list.

I highly recommend Billy Talent and especially their album Billy Talent II as I consider this band and album to be some of the best music ever made and they definitely deserve your listen if you’re a fan of the punk rock music genre.

Check out Ant’s page on the links above to get his take on yer Kendrick’s and yer Yeezey’s and wot not. 

Have a Friday!

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