‘Suburbia,’ Adrenalin O.D.

Adrenaline O.D. (from left, Paul Richard, Jim Foster, Dave Scott and Jack Steeples) in a vintage publicity photo.

Adrenalin O.D. (from left, Paul Richard, Jim Foster, Dave Scott and Jack Steeples) in a vintage publicity photo.

Never was a band more more perfectly named than Adrenalin O.D., a hardcore punk group that helped add a dose of humor to the genre in the mid-’80s, while keeping the songs as fast and loud and bratty as anyone else. Their hometowns were East Paterson (now Elmwood Park), Union, Madison and Clifton, and mocked suburban life, among a great many other things. Their 85-second anthem “Suburbia,” for instance, lashed out at the Livingston Mall (“Nothing to buy, too many stores”) and other easy targets.

“Suburbia” came out on Adrenalin O.D.’s 1983 EP Let’s Barbeque, and then on their debut 1984 full-length, The Wacky Hijinks of Adrenalin O.D. You can listen to it below and, since the words go by in a bit of a blur, here they are:

Houses are spread out too far

Too many trees and too many cars
Everyone works or everyone hides
Too many birds in suburban skies
Too many burnouts, too many jocks
Middle class scumbags, think they’re smart
They go to school and comb their hair
And always have the right clothes to wear

Suburbia! Suburbia!

Go hangout at the Livingston Mall
Nothing to buy, too many stores
Too many joggers on the streets
Gonna run ’em over in my beat up car
Go for a walk through the center of town
Or hop in the car and cruise around
Mow the lawn, take out the trash
Go in mom’s pocketbook and take her cash

Suburbia! Suburbia!

Adrenalin O.D. broke up in 1990, but has reunited occasionally since then. They’ve got a New Jersey show coming up this Fall, performing at the Stanhope House in Stanhope on Oct. 25.

New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday in 2014. And in the 350 Jersey Songs series, we marked the occasion by posting 350 songs — one a day, from September 2014 to September 2015 — that have something to do with the state, its musical history, or both. To see the entire list, click here.

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