Pull your hats over your eyes, the New Radicals are making a comeback!
"If there’s one thing on Earth that would possibly make us get the band together, if only for a day, it is the hope that our song could be even the tiniest beacon of light in such a dark time,” the band's frontman Gregg Alexander said in a statement announcing the band's involvement in the 2021 Inauguration.
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The Los Angeles Alternative band made waves in the late-nineties with their chart-topping debut single "Get What You Give" off of their only album, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too. Fun Fact: The video for the track, for those unaware, was filmed in New York City's most outer-borough, at the Staten Island Mall.
The most remembered lyrics from the song are shots fired by Alexander at the musical celebrities of the day. Beck, Hanson, Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson are all called out as "fakes" and are told to "come around, we'll kick your a****." But there are some wise words of optimism included as well, and those are likely the ones that will be the focus on Inauguration Day. "This world is gonna pull through... Don't give up... You've got a reason to live," much-needed sentiments following the events that have unfolded before our eyes over the past months.
The song became a popular choice during Kamala Harris' campaign, and Joe Biden spoke in his book about the song, and it's profound meaning to him when remembering his late son, Beau. "During breakfast, Beau would often make me listen to what I thought was his theme song, 'You Get What You Give' by the New Radicals," he wrote in his memoir Promise Me, Dad.
On Wednesday, January 20, the band is set to reunite for the first time in 22 years to play their hit as part of the virtual Parade Across America inauguration event.
"Performing the song again after such a long time is a huge honor because we all have deep respect for Beau’s military service and such high hopes for the unity and normalcy Joe and Kamala will bring our country again in this time of crisis,” frontman Alexander explained.
Also on hand will be comedian and activist Jon Stewart, DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic, featuring Earth Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, The Washington Chorus, The Triumph Baptist Church Choir, and more.
At 8:30PM ET the 90-minute Celebrating America special takes place hosted by actor Tom Hanks, with artists such as Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, and more set for performances.
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