Bully Bully Blockhead by The Tracys: Review
The Tracys, a New York City punk rock band, have released their latest single ‘Bully Bully Blockhead’, a fast-paced, action-packed song about bullies. The song’s addictive tune and lyrics are classic punk rock, with a hint of the band’s trademark gallows humor. The music is relatively short, lasting only 1 minute and 33 seconds, yet it packs a punch.
The lyrics are straightforward but powerful, as they confront bullies in positions of authority and call them out on their cruel behavior. Bullies who use their power to bully others are mentioned in the song, including judges, mayors, the Klan, and cops. The hook, ” He’s a judge, He’s a mayor, He’s a klan, He’s a cop He’s a Blockhead, oh no!” is catchy and stays with you long after the song has finished.
The ‘Bully Bully Blockhead’ music video is as hilarious as the song itself. It is inspired by 1950s science fiction and horror films, and the usage of footage from a 2001 art film made after the 9/11 events lends emotional depth to the movie. Matt Ernst, the band’s drummer and video designer, recently uncovered the clip and turned it into a funny take on a schoolyard bully’s comeuppance adding a layer of complexity to the song, and the incorporation of historical footage from a time of immense fear and worry gives the video an emotional resonance. It may be a short song, but all these things combined make it an interesting one and a perfect gateway to the band’s discography.
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Review by: Gabe Finch