Everybody is moving to California these days, or thinking about moving to California at the very least. I’m not a fan of this phenomenon, but I can’t stop it; I can only shake my head sadly and offer these songs as a tribute.
“Roots Radicals” – Rancid
Maybe Campbell isn’t the first California location you’d think of, but everybody’s got to be from somewhere, especially when you’re only fifteen.
“Free Fallin'” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
You know another place it’s not great to be from? Reseda, apparently. Someone more familiar with LA geography, can you explain how that town works to me? I always get confused as to what is the city, what’s a suburb, what’s in Los Angeles County. Nothing down there makes sense to me.
“California Love” – Tupac
Objectification of women and ostentatious displays of wealth: two things many rap videos and many parts of California have in common.
“I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” – A Tribe Called Quest
The pitfalls of a cross-country roadtrip.
“The Only Place” – Best Coast
The name says it all… both of the song and of the band. Ocean? Check. Babes? Check. Sun? Check. Waves? Check.