“DIAMONDS AND GUNS” THE TRANSPLANTS
You may not remember the band’s name or be able to sing along with the whole song, but everyone jumps in on the “woo hoo” chorus. Travis Barker, drummer from Blink 182, along with Tim Armstrong from the punk bands, Poison Ivy and Rancid, teamed up for a side project in 2002 called The Transplants. It was outlet for the band to experiment with rap, reggae, dub, but still faithful to their punk rock roots. Diamonds and Guns adds a guest vocal from the lead singer from the Latin hip hop band, Funkdoobiest.
2002 was a good year for energetic, rockin’ party anthems. Trapt, a California rock band, released their self-titled debut disc in ’02 and the lead single, Headstrong, took the nation by storm. The song is not only their first #1 modern rock hit, it’s become the band’s signature song, that song that become the must hear Trapt song at every concert they perform. The song was voted the 8th best rock song of the decade by Billboard Magazine. Trapt is still together but have never lived up to the incredible kickstart to their career.
“SUMMER SONG” FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS
Wow, have times ever changed at Motown Records. Their Universal Motown label has been adding bands that don’t fit the classic R&B genre that founded the Detroit landmark label. Forever The Sickest Kids are a Dallas pop punk band that carefully walk that line between scream-o versus boy band. From the 2011 CD, Summer Song is a blast of positive summer fun that will instantly draw you in. It was the third single released from the self-titled album.