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Hi-Tops


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tempie

 Genre: Indie Rock

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Every year when I take my daughter shopping for new school sneakers I'm more excited than she is. Partly I guess because she wears a uniform to school, and sneakers are just 'gym shoes'. And after school, she'd rather wear cowboy boots. So I guess I've raised her away from an appreciation of the sneaker, and I'm sure someday I'll roast for that. Or at least I'll deserve to roast for that, because sneakers are a true joy of the modern age, and she's missing out. But not me. I still walk into a converse store with the same gravitas as church. More actually. I've worn my chucks to funerals and weddings. To business meetings and parent/teacher conferences. When i'm wearing those sneakers I'm 16 and striding lanky and full of myself as Kevin Bacon into the PTA to demand that the kids be allowed to dance. Hell yeah. I LOVE my chuck taylors. Straight leg jeans, black chucks, and a white t shirt. No matter where you are, you're the coolest guy in the place. They're the guy version of the little black dress. And they scream rock and roll. You might as well be carrying around a Gretsch when you're wearing chucks. Yeah, I'll admit it, other sneakers took their place under the bed from time to time. I had it bad for Adidas once. The big puffy ones with laces in the school colors. But they flaked out. And then there were the vans. They were so cool, but in the end, they were too California. And back came the chucks. Maybe in a new color, but always All Stars, always high top. Anyway this song is about the part that hi tops played in my high school experience, how even the cool kids are scared and dissatisfied all the time like everyone else and they lean on those sneakers man, they look to them for love and support and more than anything else a reiteration of the thing that they want to be. Because that's the most important thing about high school, becoming. And it's a crazy dangerous thing because some kids become unrecognizable even to themselves and you don't want that to happen to you. You need firm footing, and that's why you're wearing chucks.

So this is song 4 in the six song cycle about growing up that began with 'Playground Fight'. We're in high school now. We're just making it through, we're disillusioned, we're starting to get the idea that freedom and adulthood are a lot of work. It's scary and alluring at the same time so we've got a lot of crutches...So musically this is laid back, it's got some attitude, but it's kind of resigned, but it's also cool and bluesy but it's a little hesitant, it brings the strings around, it's trying to be sophisticated, but in the end it's just a little riff.

Also: WARNING: i say the dreaded F word. I didn't check 'explicit' because i don't use it in an explicit way. But anyway...
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Lyrics
me and larry hoskins
dad dropped us off at the mall
straight to the foot locker
by way of the camelot cutout bin
stood there staring at the sneakers on the wall

check out those slip on vans
you got the red but I like the black and white
hola mr hand
dude, we should rent that tonight

school aint nothing but 9 months of suck
without those green chuck taylors man, i don't think i can keep that shit up

new school year the same old me
the best time of my life but it don't feel that way
levis and t shirts and hi top sneakers
saying all i got to say

it's a fucking drag no matter how you dress it
aint like it is on TV
but with the right pair of sneakers man,
you look down, and for a minute,
you're who you want you to be...
Song Stats
Hits: 1948
Comments: 19
Fans: 12
Plays: 148
Downloads: 33
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Nov 14, 2012 - 12:20:40 PM
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2012 - 12:20:40 PM Last Played: Jan 10, 2017 - 04:53:31 PM
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Comments
alackbass said 1774 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Hi-Tops
I always loved the high-tops too. But I did go through a period digging Pumas!

Great song! Always enjoy your stuff!
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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
Pumas!!
I had puma cleats one year. Other than that my only cheating after my first pair of chucks was addidas soccer shoes. oh and no doubt i had a pair of topsiders during the preppy craze. yeah, that's right, i was a prep for a year or two. don't hate, it got me girls.
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J_Gretch said 1773 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
Hi-Tops
Graduated from PF Flyers to Chucks in the 7th grade.I still wear Levis about 360 days a year.I can relate to this one man...Diggin the dominant bass line you got kickin.Keep em coming.
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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
for the longest time
i had to wear those bobos that you had to fish around in the giant bin for, remember the laces were tied together, they were like 4.99 a pair. and then i guess it was 6th grade i got to get leather lo-top Nikes. the chucks didn't arrive until 8th grade. glad you liked the tune boss, thanks!
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Vic Holman said 1773 days ago (November 15th, 2012)
hi-tops
can't say i ever wore em. but i remember the red ones were all the rage back in the early '80's

the bass work is killer here . the electric rhythm work is very cool as well, i like how it is broken down between two guitars. synth is a nice touch as well
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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
i remember
my mom saying '29.99 for sneakers? That's OUTRAGEOUS!' lol...
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Diego_B said 1772 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
Hi-Tops
Cool song, it has good chances to be played on highschool/college radio. Enjoyed it.
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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
college radio
is still my favorite radio. thanks dude.
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Lennon714 said 1772 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
Hi-Top Pee Wee
You hint around it at the end of your song description, but I like the defeated vocal delivery combined with the funky bassline. Cocky and insecure at the same time.

I wonder if social media has amplified or suppressed the hi-top (and other clothing) identity staple. My first thought is that it's suppressed. That was your announcement. You play ball? You got Jordans. You smoke out? You got Chucks. Those worlds didn't cross.


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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
identity
nah physical impression is still everything. i don't care what your facebook page says, if i meet you and you're wearing rockports then you're getting a wedgie.
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TvRicky said 1772 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
Converese is my verse also...
Yeah we played HS ball in these and what memories this piece reveals. Real innovative and slick performance. I particlarly love the mix man. Music is being made here baby and I'm loving it MacJammers!

"new school year the same old me"

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
ha
yeah i guess i could scrapbook or write these songs. i don't know which would be cooler lol. glad you liked the tune man, and thanks for stopping by and giving these songs a listen!
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finkeldink said 1772 days ago (November 16th, 2012)
Ha!
This song really woke up some memories.
Cool song!
Love the chorus.
That'll be going through my head for a while.
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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
Going through your head
That's another chorus that came to me on the train. The train is great for catchy chorus's. The power of boredom and A.D.D.
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dave_b said 1771 days ago (November 17th, 2012)
Hi-Tops
A little grittier then usual. Just looking for distraction from angst on the one hand and ennui on the other. Rumbling bass is cool.
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tempie said 1769 days ago (November 19th, 2012)
grit
I had that old schools out alice cooper album cover in mind when i wrote this, i loved that record and although it was released ten years before i was a teenager for some reason it's stuck in my head as representative of my high school years. angst and ennui, that's just right. thanks for the listen man!
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PeterB7858 said 1768 days ago (November 20th, 2012)
Hi-Tops
Another totally killer track, Craig. The arrangement and vibe are both classic. An ice cool song. Your growing up song cycle really turned the taps on. Yep, a keeper. Regards, Peter.
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Relic67 said 1763 days ago (November 25th, 2012)
9 months of suck
I had some red chuck taylors but could not acccomplish looking cool. dammit I should have got the green ones!
Well, this is another great one, slightly gang of four bassline and lots of nifty touches... is that harmonica on the chorus?
love the catchy guitar riff around 1:00 mark
Applause!!
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gadzooks said 1759 days ago (November 29th, 2012)
Hi-Tops
Like the bass in this ... I loved the high tops ... I'd look kind of goofy wearing them now LOL. Back to the bass ... really like the groove ... like the line "school aint nothing but 9 months of suck" do you remember Lee jeans? You right lyrics that I can relate to growing up in the 70's and all. Like the guitar riff! Fine tune.
Cheers
SG
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