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Not quite a holiday song by the dB's, but it was the '80s after all



I've always found the juxtaposition of songs fascinating whether it's a stalker song like Every Breath You Take (Police) that people mistake as a romantic song or a song like Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division) that takes depressing lyrics and pits it against a peppy dance beat. In that vein, we would like to introduce you to another peppy, yet disturbing song of the '80s - the dB's and Amplifier.

The db's are no stranger to the Lost and Found feature as Amplifier marks third visit to the blog for the North Carolina band. Amplifier is such a dB favorite that it appeared on back-to-back dB albums in both 1982 (Repercussion) and 1984 (Like This). The lyrics for Amplifier set the tone quick as the first line announces that the main character, Danny, commits suicide. Why would Danny commit suicide? Because his girlfriend took everything from him (cash, checks and even soda pop!) and what she didn't steal she destroyed. However, she mysteriously left only one item untouched - his amplifier.

While the lyrics are grim, the music to Amplifier is fun, peppy and upbeat and the video has plenty of gallows humor on the macabre subject. While this is a Peter Holsapple song, Holsapple just plays a supporting role in the video as Chris Stamey gets the lead role and the rope around his neck. Stamey would leave the dB's for a solo career after 1982.

[Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2016 3:14pm]


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