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Lifetime was rooted in the New York/New Jersey hardcore punk scene & formed in New Brunswick, NJ, USA (1990). The band's founders were Ari Katz (vocals) & Dan Yemin (guitars - also of Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black, and Armalite). In contrast to the negative, sometimes violent, tone promulgated by New York hardcore contemporaries - Katz's lyrics emphasized more positive / personal themes, in their two-minute songs. In 1992, Lifetime released their first full length album, Background, which bore only passing resemblance to the more melodic work to follow. By 1995, the band achieved greater stability, with the addition of Pete Martin (guitar), David Palaitis (bass) & Scott Golley (drums). That same year, they released their second album, Hello Bastards (Jade Tree Records). This marked a slight shift in direction, incorporating more melodic punk leanings, over a driving hardcore tempo. Katz's lyrics, though sometimes undecipherable, dealt mainly with more introspective / personal themes, such as relationships & youthful disaffection. Hello Bastards also includes a cover of Hüsker Dü's '80s It's Not Funny Anymore - hinting at the band's musical influences.


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    Is it silly to think that this will never happen again?
    But of course I'll call you tonight.
    Did you know you missed my birthday?
    The loneliest it gets is when the wind begins to chill.
    And when I stand at the top of your old street,
    Young, Loud, And Scotty  -  201,949 plays
    It seems we better ourselves
    by becoming the single thing that we once despised
    and stood against.
    We're not alone.
    We're like the rest.
    Daneurysm  -  126,826 plays
    In order for you to play with this record,
    You must tune your guitar to ours.
    We will start with the first string...
    We would drag ourselves to bed.
    And sleep took everything I had.
    Turnpike Gates  -  180,495 plays
    Did you know that I kept that for a year?
    And all this time I figured you'd be here.
    Oh. Last time I saw you I tried to move through the crowd
    and I was calling you name, but the band played too loud.
    Last time I saw you I tried to move through the crowd.
    Rodeo Clown  -  128,030 plays
    No one's stabbing you in the back
    and no one's gonna take away the feelings you got.
    Stop creating misconceptions.
    Inventing enemies and deceptions.
    It's you, nothing you say's true.
    Bringin' It Backwards  -  123,940 plays
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