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The Vapors - "Magnets"
on July 10, 2019 | Last updated July 10, 2019
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
You may remember The Vapors from their one-hit-wonder status of Turning Japanese, but the world should have remembered The Vapors for this masterpiece of a song they created in 1981 about the JFK assassination. Although if you kept it at the surface, the song is epic in status, but if you look just a little further below, you'll find this song is a reflection of society and how that instance was portrayed.
If you are the type that is driven by lyrics, you must give them a read. They are deep in meaning and relentless in emotion. Took me several times to get through this song and it still has an effect.
The Cliff's Notes version is this; Kennedy's were thought to have a curse. They were involved in a lot of death and two Kennedy boys were assassinated (John and Robert), which is where the term "magnets" is derived from, holding a double meaning. Kennedy's were magnetic in personality, but more magnetic with the metal they attracted...bullets.
The last lines are the most powerful with repetition of lyrics stating, "Magnetized boys, boys, boys" with those words carefully chosen since they were men but dying LONG before they should have, letting us know, in that regard, they were just boys.
I'm humbled and honored to bring this underrated and underappreciated song of the 80s to the Rock Band Customs database.