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Date: Mar 10 2003


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Everclear is one of the coolest rock groups in the world. Since their first hit song, “Santa Monica,” made them stars in the early 90’s, they’ve released several great records. Their newest album, Slow Motion Daydream, hits stores on Tuesday, March 11. It features the song “Volvo Driving Soccer Mom,” which is already getting a lot of radio airplay.
Read on to learn more about Everclear and the outstanding rock & roll music they make.


1. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

The primary reason Everclear is so good is that singer Art Alexakis bares his soul on just about every song. He sings about the things that have happened in his family life including, the divorce of his parents and the pain he felt as a result of his parents fighting and arguing. While Art’s lyrics are somewhat sad and emotional, Everclear’s music is happy and fun. The band has a good sense of humor.
Tracks like the latest album’s first single, “Volvo Driving Soccer Mom,” are a great example. Check out some of the lyrics:
I really used to be a bad girl
I know I used to be a real wild child
I used to love to do the things they tell me not to do
But now I’m different
Now I sing a new song
I am the Volvo Driving Soccer Mom!!
Volvo Driving Soccer Mom

“Soccer Mom” is a funny song because it’s making light of the idea that many people are wild and crazy when they are young, but then become boring and ordinary when they get older.



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I’ve got lots of reasons to love Everclear. First of all, they’re from Portland, Oregon, which is my hometown. Secondly, they’ve continued to make real rock music, even when it wasn’t the in thing to do. Unlike some other bands, they haven’t changed their formula in order to fit with whatever the new style in music happened to be.
If you’re already an Everclear fan, congratulations. You should definitely hear their new record. If you haven’t heard Everclear yet, you’re missing out. You should definitely go out and get some of their music. It will be good for you.
Rock on,


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