A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Say Anything’s album Is a Real Boy. It just so happens that this was a two-disc album, with the second disc entitled Was a Real Boy (how clever!). This second disc was just as enjoyable as the first, if not more so. It’s much shorter in length, with a mere 7 tracks as opposed to Is A Real Boy’s 13 tracks, but it delivers just as much awesomeness nonetheless.
The first song on Was A Real Boy is the song that introduced me to Say Anything, and it is AWESOME. Entitled “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too”, the song opens with a ringing telephone that I’m 100% positive everyone will recognize as once being the characteristic tone of their landlines. The song continues with Max Bemis, band front man, singing about how he “called her on the phone and she touched herself”, featuring lyrics depicting his stoner state of mind and disinterest in most of what this woman was saying, with the exception of her describing her underwear. This song is classic Say Anything, including two of some of their favorite subjects: being horny and being stoned. Also, the music video for this song features Henry Winkler, aka Fonzie, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.
The next song on this album is easily one of my favorite Say Anything songs of all time, entitled “Little Girls”. Now, many of you may be thinking that it’s going to be a real cutesy piece about the innocent of children and blah, blah, blah. You couldn’t be more wrong. There is a slightly lengthy guitar intro, but I feel the intro goes on for longer than usual to build up suspense before they say these first, shocking lines: “I kill, kill, kill little girls”. You can cut the cutesy stuff out of the picture instantly.
“It’s A Metaphor, Fool” contains yet another example of the trademark snarkiness of Say Anything, opening up with the words, “this song is called ‘It’s A Metaphor, Fool’”. I sincerely appreciate the fact that Say Anything doesn’t take themselves too seriously, and this song is proof of that. They are playing with the self-awareness of music that most artists are too “above” to recognize. By opening the song by telling the listener what it’s called, Say Anything is providing us with a humorous realization that these are just words. The self-awareness in this song reminds me of “Belt”, the opening song of disc-one, which opens with audio of Bemis struggling to record the spoken-word intro.
The final song falls into the cliché that Say Anything is constantly poking fun at, titled “I Will Never Write an Obligatory Song About Being On The Road and Missing Someone”. The title is hilarious in itself because it is obnoxiously long and satirical. And, of course, throughout the song, Bemis sings about how much he wants his baby back and how he misses her, which is clearly what the title told us the song wouldn’t be about. But that’s why it’s so fantastic and ironic! Get it?!
I highly recommend giving both Was A Real Boy and Is A Real Boy a listen. There’s sexuality, violence, humor, anger—it has everything you ask for in music and way, way more. Say Anything has never disappointed me, and I guarantee you will become addicted to their unique musical beauty.