50 Songs in 50 Days
Yellowcard "Ocean Avenue"
I revisited this song a couple days ago after hearing that Yellowcard had a new album coming out in March. My first thought was "Yellowcard still makes music?" and then it was "Damn, I loved Ocean Avenue when I was sixteen...and that song! Aahh!" I found out after some research that they went on a hiatus and just recently reconnected. Their new disc is titled When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes.
Anyway, back to "Ocean Avenue." This album along with Deja Entendu, Tell All Your Friends, Pinkerton, War All The Time, All Killer No Filler, Dookie, Crimson, pretty much every Blink 182 album and etc. gets me feeling nostalgic and thinking about the scene kid I became in high school and the beginning of my love for music and talking about it constantly. Even though I was also really into classic rock at the time, (Led Zeppelin, The Who...I still am but in high school it was a lot more present in my life,) the music that was coming from bands signed to Victory, Drive-thru and other record labels in the same vein also really appealed to me.
"Ocean Avenue" is a ridiculously catchy song that isn't exactly strong lyrically but they'll do for a kitschy, teenage love affair and sneaking out at night just to get to second base. There are a lot of really great songs on this album that are just as catchy and happy as "Ocean Avenue" but the title track is really the powerhouse and the glue that keeps this album together. It also pretty much explains what Yellowcard is all about in a nutshell. Love. Teenagers. Florida. There's not much else to them but at least we know what to expect. Normally, I probably wouldn't have chosen this song for this project but thanks to Absolute Punk posting a release date for their new album, you get a three paragraph rant about a song you probably forgot even existed. You're welcome.