Thursday, January 31, 2013

#461: Suicidal Tendencies-Institutionalized (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#461
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Institutionalized"
Artist: Suicidal Tendencies
Release Date: 1983
From the Album: Suicidal Tendencies (1983)



Quick Take: The song follows "Mike", presumably a teenage Mike Muir, through a series of social conflicts with friends and, more significantly, parents. The lyrics in the verses are not sung, but spoken in a run-on sentence style. The lyrics are complemented by the lead guitar, which is subdued at the start of the verses, but becomes more frantic and powerful with the protagonist's confrontations and emotional outbursts, mainly based on a heavy, funk-influenced riff that increases in speed several sections before each chorus.

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