Short Story in a Song — “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault”

“24 Hour Revenge Therapy” was my gateway drug to Jawbreaker. From there I quickly got hooked on “Bivouac” and “Unfun”. But my favorite album is probably the least popular with hardcore fans—”Dear You. It was the band’s major label debut and features slicker production than its three predecessors, but it also has some of my favorite Jawbreaker songwriting and hooks.

When you’re looking for lyrics that make for a fantastic short story, it’s hard to beat the teen angst of “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault”. If you partied your way through high school and college the way my friends and I did, you probably have a few memories like the one so perfectly described here. Our narrator is at a house party with other “bicycle messengers, punks and art school dropouts,” commiserating with a heartbroken friend over beers. Led Zeppelin’s blasting on the stereo when they spot the friend’s ex happily making out with another guy. The narrator watches as the friend and his ex get into an argument that only lasts until the cops show up, bringing the whole pathetic scene to a screeching halt.

Read the lyrics for “Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault” by Jawbreaker right HERE.

More “Short Story in a Song” posts:

S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series includes BAD CITIZEN CORPORATIONGRIZZLY SEASON and HANG TIME (Rare Bird Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in LA.

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