I like giving “Sunday Metal” a theme, and so this theme is “Songs of My Youth”. I found heavy metal as a teenager and it’s always been a big part of my life. I wanted to highlight some songs that stand out from those youthful days.
Another thing about Suicidal Tendencies was their… irony. So you’ve got a name like “suicidal tendencies”, which is a bit strong to some. And in some ways, it rang with the issues I went through as a teenager.
I mean, a song like “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow” is just another in the list of songs that provided me a way to express what was going on inside of me. The turmoil, the confusion, the rage, the hopelessness.
But then off that same album, there’s a song like “The Feeling’s Back”, whose subject matter is in the same boat but a totally different outlook:
And this too was an expression of the inner rage, the turmoil, the desire to make things better, and to continue to fight and survive. Really, despite all their supposed negativity, Suicidal was probably the biggest help to me in overcoming that very thing.