The song “Los Angeles” by Blink-182 was released on July 1st, 2016 as part of their “California” album. The song is one of the heavier on the album and explores the part of Los Angeles people don’t typically see. The band, mainly from San Diego, said in an interview that they wrote the song about Los Angeles from their perspective, and that the lyrics explore the grittier side of the city in a lot of ways. The song starts out like this:
“Day in, day out, up at 3AM with the searchlights shining down
Day in, day out, it’s the blinding light underneath the dirt downtown”
This refers to how people have to work hard to live in the city, going against the common stereotype that Los Angeles is the “city where dreams come true”. It is an expensive city to live in, and this is also seen in terms of homelessness. Later in the song, the band goes on to stereotype Los Angeles residents as being passive and waiting for their issues to go away without actively trying to solve them. This is especially clear in the bridge, when they repeat “wake me when this war is over”. This could also be a reference to the war on drugs and alcoholism in Los Angeles, which can also be a direct consequence of the high cost of living compared to other places in the US.
The song also takes an unexpected political stand with the line “listen to the sound as they bomb the Sixth Street Bridge”, and Feldmann said that it felt very timely and that living in Los Angeles was very different from living in the suburbs.
I really like this song, and I think it explores the less glamorous side of Los Angeles. I think this song reflects how a lot of people feel when they come to Los Angeles for the first time, while at the same time being a fun, energetic song, which in my personal opinion fit the Los Angeles vibe well.