The Down Town

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"The Down Town"
Single by Days of the New
from the album Days of the New
Released March 2, 1998
February 9, 1999 (CD single)
Format CD single
Recorded October, November 1996
Genre Acoustic rock, Grunge
Length 4:16
Label Outpost
Writer(s) Travis Meeks
Producer(s) Scott Litt
Days of the New singles chronology
"Touch, Peel and Stand"
(1997)
"The Down Town"
(1998)
"Shelf in the Room"
(1998)

"The Down Town" is a song by Days of the New and the second single from their self-titled debut album. Like its predecessor, the song reached #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1998[1] and is a concert staple. "The Down Town" is also the third track on the band's Definitive Collection released in 2008.

The song is arguably the second most popular single from the band's debut album and certainly one of their most well known songs overall. It is also one of the album's upbeat tracks while bearing an aggressive chorus. Lyrically, "The Down Town" ambiguiously details a town of drug users who are afraid of change and suppressive of the narrator. The phrase "to bring me down" is rebelliously shouted throughout the chorus. A mention of pointless and rejected concern over another person's well being is also addressed during the bridge. Given this theme of negativity, the "Down Town" song title may be intended as a double entendre or pun.

Music video[edit]

The "Down Town" video, directed by Lance Bangs, consists of a live concert performance. It retains the live audio and includes some notable differences from the studio recording; verse chords are used extensively in various parts, more punchy staccato is incorporated, and the first lyric of the bridge is changed to "I don't think that I should give a fuck about you." The performance lasts nearly a whole minute longer at 5:10.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Down Town (LP Version)"
  2. "The Down Town (Radio Remix Version)"
  3. "Touch, Peel And Stand (Live)"
  4. "Freak (Live)"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 19
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artist Chart History - Days of the New Billboard.com. Retrieved August 27, 2008.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Blue on Black" by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
July 11, 1998 – September 12, 1998
Succeeded by
"What's This Life For" by Creed