By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Were totally living in the postmodern era. Like, have you seen Scream 3 and/or heard of the drumnbass collective Bad Company, not to be confused with the 70s rock supergroup? (We studied em both in French class.) Well, as if these examples werent hall-of-mirrors self-reflexive enough, now theres Diesel Boy, not to be confused with the drumnbass DJ.1 Diesel Boy (the band) employ obscure references like theyre Thomas Pynchon.2 To wit: "Tangled Up and Blew" (too wittycatch the Neil Young allusion?). To wit, two: "Alisons Starting to Happen," a Lemonheads cover, though they dont tell ya (likewise, the Lemonheads claim to non-fame would be ripping off "Mrs. Robinson"). DB totally knock the heads via irony: like, singing all hoarse, not pretty like pretty-boy Evan Dando.
Two-bit to wit, too: "Emo Boy." Also kinda about pretty you-know-whats, insofar as it utilizes feminizing discourse to rail at males who like passionate punk and not DBs happy-go-sucky brand of fizzy-ism jizms. Negatively referencing emo has a long tradition in punk-pop and hardcore. Unfortunately, I can name only two earlier instances: Blink-182 have "Emo," which offers no specific critique of the subgenre other than the fact that it kinda blows. And example two isnt really an example, if one considers authors intent (post-disco pomo doesnt require it). "About-as-Emo-as-Well-Ever-Get-Song" is the name given to Propaghandis "Possibly the Worst Song Ever Written" by some kidding (or conflating) kidnapster. It isnt the worst tune ever written (thatd be "Hotel California"), but thats why they said "possibly." Anyway, the not-DJ Diesel Boy boys buoyantly poo-poo-like poo-pooing of girly guys gets three separate band names (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil, Modest Mouse) in, in under three minutes, not to mention mentions of a teens zine and his emo queenthe type, naturally, with barrettes in her hair. As long as she doesnt have a thought in her head. Or, later, somebody elses head in hand: "Guess I was just another dick, you were just another chick. I wonder what number youre up to now" (from why-not-69 "65"). Theyre so vain. I bet they think this song is about you.
1 Actually spelled "Dieselboy" (one word).
2 Made you look.