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MxPx bucks punk love stereotypes in song lyrics

An exploration of female stereotypes depicted in popular songs

Photo: ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTOPHER KRETZER, License: N/A

ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTOPHER KRETZER


Of course, we all know Joey Ramone’s actual romantic history concludes with his girlfriend Linda preferring his bandmate Johnny, marrying him and driving a wedge between the two “brothers” (although the music went on, till death). But Herrera is happily married, as accounted for in his wife Holli’s rather pedestrian blog, ohhellocupcakeblog.blogspot.com, proving it was possible to land his dream girl, who turned out to be a part-time teacher born and raised in Texas.

On MxPx’s most recent release, 2012’s Plans Within Plans, Herrera humblebrags his romantic success. Songs like “Lucky Guy” see him puffing his chest despite not being a millionaire or having a Ph.D. because “in the end I’ll win her praise.” And although there are the requisite angsty anthems like “Aces Up” and “Best of Times,” it’s clearly pandering to the audience at this point, given the evidence. Whether this is relatable or you identify more with the classic sort of punk love that tends thematically toward an argumentative approach to mutual adoration, we all could probably benefit from the sage advice of Johnny Thunders and try “playing it straight for once” (“I Love You”), either way.

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