Song Of The Day: Everclear – “Santa Monica” (1995)

Happy Birthday to Art Alexakis, lead singer and composer of Everclear, who was born on this day in 1962. OK, so maybe Everclear was a pretty unremarkable 1990s Rock band in the grand scheme of things, but I think they caught lightning in a bottle with this one, and I think it stands as one of the great tracks of the decade. I love how it holds its laid-back, slacker feel — so utterly appropriate for Santa Monica — even as it ramps up in intensity with each new verse. He also tosses out a couple of great lines like “I don’t want to do your sleepwalk dance anymore”. The fact that Alexakis once filled his pockets with rocks and tried to kill himself by jumping off the end of the Santa Monica pier always conferred an almost creepy Rock & Roll authenticity to this relentless little number.

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