Boom (P.O.D. song)

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"Boom"
Single by P.O.D.
from the album Satellite
Released May 14, 2002 (2002-05-14)
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded 2001 at Bay 7 in Valley Village, California and Sparky Dark in Calabasas, California
Genre Rap metal
Length 3:08
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) P.O.D.
Producer(s) Howard Benson, P.O.D.
P.O.D. singles chronology
"Youth of the Nation"
(2002)
"Boom"
(2002)
"Satellite"
(2002)

"Boom" is the title of a song by American metal band P.O.D.. It was released in May 2002 as the third single from their second major label studio album Satellite. While it did not chart as well as the album's previous singles, the song has appeared significantly in film and television. "Boom (The Crystal Method remix)" was included on the remix album Community Service and as a bonus track on the special edition re-release of Satellite available August 27, 2002. A limited edition, gatefold picture disc of the single was also available in the UK.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, "Boom" was the only P.O.D. song included on the list of songs deemed inappropriate by Clear Channel Communications.[citation needed] The song appears in the films Grind and Here Comes the Boom.[citation needed] It was also used by WWE for their Saturday Night's Main Event program from 2006 to 2008.[citation needed]

The single's release followed a highly successful yet dark, brooding tone in "Youth of the Nation". Guitarist Marcos Curiel stated, "We wanted to go back to the spirit we had with 'Alive' and have a song that encourages people to be happy and thankful that they're alive... We wanted to say, 'Let's not forget how to have fun this time.' 'Boom' is just raw, in your face. When we play it live, the crowd just goes nuts. Fists are in the air and the pit's going."[1]

Content[edit]

"Boom" has often served as the opening song at P.O.D.'s concerts.[2] The song's lyrics revolve around the band and their San Diego background, describing the group's rise to popularity with lines like "rock the masses, from Madrid to Calabasas." However, the explosive, multitracked "Boom!" of the chorus gives the song its impact and versatility as a soundtrack piece. In contrast to P.O.D.'s more faith-oriented tracks, "Boom" has been described by vocalist Sonny Sandoval as "just a fun rock song."[3]

Video[edit]

The music video for "Boom" was recorded in the first quarter of 2002 and directed by Gavin Bowden, debuting in May with heavy rotation on MTV2 and MMUSA. It is an unusual video for P.O.D. in its obvious sense of humor; "Boom" revolves around a table tennis (aka: Ping Pong) tournament between the band, dressed in orange jumpsuits, and a Swedish team played by fellow Christian metal group Blindside. The latter group was heavily supported by P.O.D. during this time and signed by them under the Elektra Records subsidiary, 3 Points. The teams are evenly matched until Traa Daniels performs a comically impressive move to win the game, enraging their opponents.

Regarding the video, Curiel stated, "The funny thing is, people take us really seriously. We are a serious band, but we know that, at times, we don't have to take ourselves so seriously. We have fun. That's why we went ahead and did a video like 'Boom.' We wanted to show people that we could have fun. They have a movie out now called Balls of Fury, but we did that same topic back in the day."[4]

The music video for "Boom" was No. 8 on TVU's 50 Best Videos of All Time list.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Boom
  2. Set it Off (Tweaker Mix)
  3. Hollywood (Live)

Chart and sales[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 43
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 83
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 38
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[8] 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[9] 13

Awards[edit]

2002 San Diego Music Awards[edit]

2003 GMA Dove Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon "P.O.D. To Drop 'Boom,' DVD" MTV.com (December 6, 2001). Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  2. ^ DiBiase, John P.O.D., Blindside, Lacuna Coil, Hazen Street JesusFreakHideout.com (May 12, 2004). Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  3. ^ Moring, Mark "Time to Testify" ChristianityToday.com (January 23, 2006). Retrieved April 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Blatt, Mitchell "P.O.D. Interview: Back Together, New Album in April" JuicedSportsBlog.com (2008). Retrieved on April 5, 2008.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – P.O.D. – Boom". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Chartverfulgong > P.O.D. > Boom – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – P.O.D. – Boom". Singles Top 60. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "P.O.D. > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  9. ^ "P.O.D. Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2010-11-30.