I remember it was exactly 10 years ago that I first heard Sum 41’s “Fat Lip” (the year the song was released).
I was 15 or 16 years old at the time. I really liked that song because the tune was very catchy and the chorus had great lyrics:
“I don’t want to waste my time
become another casualty of society
I’ll never fall in line
Become another victim of your conformity
And back down”
— Sum 41, Fat Lip lyrics
There was a happy pop/punk sound which was exactly what I needed at that age.
Fast forward 10 years and I just happened to be thinking of this song, so I looked for a live vid on YouTube.
The above is a Tokyo live clip of Sum 41 performing “Fat Lip”…and omg, the guitar playing by Dave Baksh is totally insane!
Around the time while viewing the vid, I also read an MTV article (dated 2006) about how Dave found the mainstream music business to be too much of a competition, etc.
Dave Baksh is now with The Organ Thieves (a band whose sound/genre is “LYRICAL-EXPERIMENTAL-SOUL-ROCK”).
I always admire the passion people have for their art/music. The practical survival/money stuff is important, but so is staying true to yourself and making the most of your talent(s). To me, I’ve always felt that when something (especially music) is too commercial, the soul is gone and it’s just not the same. So this is a quick blog post that reflects my admiration for people with the guts/passion to do things differently :)
After you’ve viewed the above video, you can check out these other links!