For a variety of reasons I didn’t much care much for S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. The sentences were pretty bland (I’m a words guy) and the story was overly dramatic. But like any good Bushwick artist, I stuck with the dumb book to the stupid end, only with one slight tweak. While reading I imagined the Greasers and the Socs as members of rival boy bands, fighting for girls’ hearts while doing whatever it took to get to the top of the charts (now that’s a book!). This was not hard to do, especially since as a kid I had been witness to the movie version of The Outsiders which was jam packed with all my favorite 1980s Tiger Beat Heart Throbs including C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise and The Swayze (R.I.P.). My inspiration for this song came from that boy band premise. So I threw in a few lyrical references to the book and did my best to make a boy bandy-esque song that would make all the teenage girls squeal. And squeal they did (or at least they did in my head).
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