Ocean Avenue (song)

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"Ocean Avenue"
Single by Yellowcard
from the album Ocean Avenue
Released February 24, 2004
Format Audio CD/digital download
Genre Pop punk, alternative rock
Length 3:18
Label Capitol
Producer(s) Neal Avron
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Yellowcard singles chronology
"Way Away"
"Ocean Avenue"
"Only One"

"Ocean Avenue" is a song recorded by American pop punk group Yellowcard. It was released in February 2004 as the second single from Ocean Avenue 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 Platinum by the RIAA. Ocean Avenue is a street in Jacksonville, Florida, the band's stomping grounds[1] near their high school, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts,[2] and another street mentioned in the song, Cherry Street. The name of Ocean Avenue in Jacksonville is actually 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.


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]

  1. "Ocean Avenue" – 3:18
  2. "Way Away" (Acoustic Version) – 3:47
  3. "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 Run Lola Run), where he seen laying on the ground face first with glass on him. It had enough of a storyline to become a TRL favorite, reaching number 1 on the countdown. The video also received the 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.

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