Song of the Day, May 11: Real Down Town by Vigilantes of Love

VoLRealDownTownToday’s song is Real Down Town, written by Bill Mallonee for his band’s third album, Killing Floor. The original version of the song was a stirring ode to perseverance, with the narrator determined to rise above the dark circumstances that surround him. Mallonee had numerous legal problems with his labels, losing the rights to his own songs for a period of time. When Vigilantes of Love put together their powerful fifth album, Blister Soul, he kept the spirit of the song but added a verse that took a stab at Core records and his experiences with them.

Well the core of my problem
Is this driving the nails and all
But you know that possession
Is nine tenths of the law

It’s a nice twist and smart addition. The words are general enough to fit the theme of frustration and determination but have just the right sting for anyone familiar with the whole story.

Enjoy this great song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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