The Down Town
|"The Down Town"|
|Single by Days of the New|
|from the album Days of the New|
February 9, 1999 (CD single)
|Recorded||October, November 1996|
|Genre||Acoustic rock, Grunge|
|Days of the New singles chronology|
"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 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.
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.
- "The Down Town (LP Version)"
- "The Down Town (Radio Remix Version)"
- "Touch, Peel And Stand (Live)"
- "Freak (Live)"
- The live tracks were recorded at the New World Music Theatre for Rock 103.5 Chicago's Rockstock '97 on September 6, 1997.
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||19|
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
- Artist Chart History - Days of the New Billboard.com. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
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