“Flavor of the Weak” – American Hi-Fi
Ah, the year 2001. A young Nate is in 7th grade, and his taste in music is undeveloped. He listens mostly to rap and reggae, like most of his friends. Meanwhile in the real world, a punk rock storm rages through the ears of young people all over the United States. Sum 41 has just released All Killer No Filler, a seminal head banging album, and kids all over the country are wearing more chains, more black clothing, and using more gel than they have since the 80’s.
A few years previous however, a young band named BMX Girl has formed in Boston, MA. As we could all say confidently, BMX Girl is a terrible name for a band. Coincidentally, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones agreed, and recommended to Stacy Jones (lead vocals) the name American Hi-Fi. Pretty legendary.
The band consists of vocalist Stacy Jones, guitarist Jamie Arentzen, bassist Drew Parsons, and drummer Brian Nolan. Prior to the group’s formation, Stacy Jones was well known for being a drummer in the successful alternative rock bands Veruca Salt and Letters to Cleo. American Hi-Fi has a close relationship with Miley Cyrus, whose band shares three quarters of the same members as American Hi-Fi. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it sure is a nifty piece of trivia!
“Flavor of the Weak” (2001) is a great song (with a clever name) about nice girls and their undeniable tendency to be attracted to dickheads. They know it, we know it, and until we all turn about 20 the nice guys just have to accept that our time will come. The song is also incredibly catchy and has been the bands only lasting hit, reaching #5 on US Alt Rock charts and #41 overall. To be honest, I was surprised that it didn’t go higher, but I guess this just reflects the amount of music being produced at the time.
Enjoy this hilarious music video, and pay attention to the drummer Brian Nolan… he’s a badass.