A six-pack of school songs

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - STUFF -

Hail, hail rock ’n’ roll: this 1957 cut de­tails a day in the life of a stu­dent and in­cludes one of Berry’s most fa­mous riffs — it was so good, he reused the melody for No Par­tic­u­lar Place to Go in 1964.

“Up in the mornin’ and out to school/The teacher is teachin’ the Golden Rule/Amer­i­can his­tory and prac­ti­cal math/You studyin’ hard and hopin’ to pass.” Brian Wil­son and Mike Love pledge al­le­giance to their alma mat­ter, Hawthorne High School, in this 1963 rave-up that fea­tures the same melody as the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin fight song and was par­o­died by Twisted Sis­ter years later as

“So be true to your school now/Just like you would to your girl or guy/Be true to your school now/And let your colours fly.” For­mer teacher Sting ex­am­ines a lust­ful sit­u­a­tion be­tween a stu­dent and teacher. Van Halen would take a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ap­proach to the sub­ject on

“Her friends are so jeal­ous/You know how bad girls get/Some­times it’s not so easy/To be the teacher’s pet.” 6. MC5, HIGH SCHOOL: The Mo­tor City 5 bow at the altar of Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys on this scorcher about kids kick­ing out the jams and get­ting out of hand. The pom-poms-in-the-air­wor­thy cho­rus apes the clas­sic cheer­leader “rah rah rah, sis boom bah” chant. Sam­ple lyrics: “The kids know what the deal is/They’re get­ting far­ther out ev­ery day/We’re gonna be takin’ over/ You bet­ter get out of the way.” And that’s just the be­gin­ning of the school-cen­tric mu­sic les­son. Here’s the best of the rest: Rolling Stones, Boom­town Rats,

Reign­ing Sound, Su­per­tramp, Brownsville Sta­tion,

Dead Kennedys, .38 Spe­cial, Dirty Rot­ten Im­be­ciles, The Jam,

Pearl Jam, Van Halen, The Kinks,

Jerry Lee Lewis, Stripes, Guided by Voices, The Re­place­ments, Rough Trade, Spinal Tap, Pink Floyd,

The White

Nir­vana,

3. CHUCK BERRY, SCHOOL DAYS:

Sam­ple lyrics:

4. BEACH BOYS, BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL:

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5. THE PO­LICE, DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME:

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