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►What’s in the Playlist: Handlebars by Flobots

Posted by Mercenary Spark on June 6, 2008

I found this week’s featured song while surfing the web earlier this week. At first I thought the song was a childish song, because of how the animated video started, with two guys riding their bikes without holding on to the handlebars, giving them a sense of accomplishment. The song continues with mentions of other accomplishments by the singer. He also mentions how with the new technological accomplishes of mankind, it is easier to do anything and take control of even the lives of others. It’s in this part of the song, that the video depicts the rebellion formed by the citzens against the tyrant in command. One of the good things of the group is their creativity, not just the way they tell the messages, but the rhythm and sound of their songs. They combine rock with rap, and use violins and trumpets in most songs. The group consists of rappers Jonny 5 (Jamie Laurie) and Brer Rabbit, bassist Jesse Walker, guitarist Andy Rok (Andy Guerrero), violist Mackenzie Roberts, trumpet player Joe Ferrone and drummer Kenny Ortiz. When asked about the meaning of the song, the lead singer of Flobots, emcee “Jonny 5” said: “The song is about the idea that we have so much incredible potential as human beings to be destructive or to be creative. And it’s tragic to me that the appetite for military innovation is endless, but when it comes to taking on a project like ending world hunger, it’s seen as outlandish. It’s not treated with the same seriousness.”

Rating: 9/10 – It’s one of the best rap rock songs I have heard. The lyrics that start out with innocence turn into a song with a strong political and social message. The song is available In the Corner.

(Warning: The song contains political themes and mentions two crimes and a historical event. The video contains some gore (white paint). Lyrics to the song and video:

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

Look at me, look at me
hands in the air like it’s good to be
ALIVE
and I’m a famous rapper
even when the paths’re all crookedy
I can show you how to do-si-do
I can show you how to scratch a record
I can take apart the remote control
And I can almost put it back together
I can tie a knot in a cherry stem
I can tell you about Leif Ericson
I know all the words to “De Colores”
And “I’m Proud to be an American”
Me and my friend saw a platypus
Me and my friend made a comic book
And guess how long it took
I can do anything that I want cuz, look:

I can keep rhythm with no metronome
No metronome
No metronome

And I can see your face on the telephone
On the telephone
On the telephone

Look at me
Look at me
Just called to say that it’s good to be
ALIVE
In such a small world
I’m all curled up with a book to read
I can make money open up a thrift store
I can make a living off a magazine
I can design an engine sixty four
Miles to a gallon of gasoline
I can make new antibiotics
I can make computers survive aquatic conditions
I know how to run a business
I can make you wanna buy a product
Movers shakers and producers
Me and my friends understand the future
I see the strings that control the systems
I can do anything with no assistance
Cuz I can lead a nation with a microphone
With a microphone
With a microphone
And I can split the atom of a molecule
Of a molecule
Of a molecule

Look at me
Look at me
Driving and I won’t stop
And it feels so good to be
Alive and on top
My reach is global
My tower secure
My cause is noble
My power is pure
I can hand out a million vaccinations
Or let’em all die in exasperation
Have’em all healed of their lacerations
Have’em all killed by assassination
I can make anybody go to prison
Just because I don’t like’em and
I can do anything with no permission
I have it all under my command
Because I can guide a missile by satellite
By satellite
By satellite
And I can hit a target through a telescope
Through a telescope
Through a telescope
And I can end the planet in a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars

If you liked the song, you should check out Flobot’s albums Present Platypus (2005) and Fight With Tools (2007), each has a version of Handlebars. They’re two albums you should consider purchasing, especially the latter. All of the songs are politically and/or socially charged, some are explicit, like Mayday (their real best rap song), but that’s something you could ignore for a great song. You can preview their other songs at purevolume or find out more on their website.

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One Response to “►What’s in the Playlist: Handlebars by Flobots”

  1. It sounds like an interesting song.

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