Ocean Avenue" is a song recorded by American pop punk group Yellowcard. It was released in February 2004 as the second single from and the third track. It is known for bringing them into the mainstream, as it received numerous spins on MTV and increasing radio airplay; It was certified 2x Ocean Avenue Platinum by the RIAA. Ocean Avenue is a street in Jacksonville, Florida, the band's stomping grounds near their high school, [1 ] Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and another street mentioned in the song, Cherry Street. The name of Ocean Avenue in Jacksonville is actually [2 ] Beach Boulevard. They left their original base behind when they moved to Los Angeles. The song was featured on the Much Music compilation album Big Shiny Tunes 9, and was also featured in . Thrillville: Off The Rails
Background [ edit ]
According to former guitarist Ben Harper, "Ocean Avenue" is written about
Santa Monica, California. "It’s this place where we used to hang out in California. Instead of talking about a girl, it’s talking about a scene and a feeling that we want to get back to: hanging out and writing, before we moved to California " [3 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"Ocean Avenue" – 3:18
"Way Away" (Acoustic Version) – 3:47
"Firewater" – 3:27
Music video [ edit ]
The music video depicts Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key facing fate in different ways and starting over again in a
time loop situation (similar to that of the film ), where he seen laying on the ground face first with glass on him. It had enough of a storyline to become a Run Lola Run favorite, reaching number 1 on the countdown. The video also received the TRL MTV2 Award at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. [4 ]
The suitcase featured in the Ocean Avenue video has a lamb symbol on it; the same symbol is featured in the video for
Brand New's " Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades". Both videos were directed by Marc Webb, who used the lamb in his videos to show that he had directed them. The suitcase is also featured in the video " Rough Landing, Holly".
This is the last music video to feature Alex Lewis as the band's bassist.
Charts and sales [ edit ]
Peak positions [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
[11 ] Gold
October 22, 2004
[11 ] Platinum
June 28, 2013
[11 ] 2x Platinum
June 28, 2013
References [ edit ]
^ Richardson, Sean (April 2004). "Stomping grounds". The Boston Phoenix . Retrieved . 2009-03-05
^ Jones, Tekindra (2004-09-23). "CD Review: Yellowcard – "Ocean Avenue. "" The Daily Vidette . Retrieved . 2009-03-25
^ " Charts.org.nz – Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
^ " Yellowcard: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
^ "Yellowcard Album & Song Chart History" for Yellowcard. Retrieved January 22, 2011. Billboard Hot 100
^ "Yellowcard Album & Song Chart History" for Yellowcard. Retrieved January 22, 2011. Billboard Adult Pop Songs
^ "Yellowcard Album & Song Chart History" for Yellowcard. Retrieved January 22, 2011. Billboard Alternative Songs
^ "Yellowcard Album & Song Chart History" for Yellowcard. Retrieved January 22, 2011. Billboard Pop Songs
^ a b c "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - August 19, 2010: Yellowcard certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved . August 19, 2010