The earnest eyes of New Radicals front man Gregg Alexander are lost in the shade of his bucket hat’s brim. 1998. Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too is Gregg’s radical overture, his first and only album. The double g in his Gregg could stand for the first two of Dan Savage’s GGG: good and giving. He was. From the New Radicals’ first of two hit wonders “You Get What You Give”:
This whole damn world can fall apart
You’ll be ok follow your heart
You’re in harms way
I’m right behind
And then there was the breakdown:
Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they’re multiplying
Fashion mag shoots
With the aid of 8 dust brothers Beck, Hanson
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You’re all fakes
Run to your mansions
We’ll kick your ass in!
What’s changed since 1998? Back then, Marilyn Manson threatened to crack Gregg Alexander’s skull in not because, “he said he’d kick my ass, I just don’t want to be used in the same sentence as Courtney Love.” And lo: this year we’ve got Hedi Slimane shooting Love and Manson for Saint Laurent. In our teens of this new millennium, we still have “health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying.” We still have suicidal teens (“Don’t give up You’ve got a reason to live”). We still have soft serve guzzling youth. And now again we have bucket hats.
Yes, bucket hats are trending. I swear to Gregg Alexander.