Identify [drum drum drum] this song, please!
September 11, 2010 3:43 PM   Subscribe

Please help me identify this song from almost no information at all.

It's an upbeat late-90s/early-00s alt-rock-sounding song (I don't know if it actually is, but the sound fits) with (I think) all-male vocals in that obnoxious late-90s/early-00s alt-rock-sounding tone of voice.

I think I maybe heard it in some teen movie. If not, then it would definitely fit the stereotypical opening scene in any standard teen flick.

Below is all I know about the lyrics of the song. Google has confirmed that they are definitely not all the right words because none of the results are right, but some of them might be right. This is what it sounds like, at least.

[drum drum drum]
Whyyy can't Iiiii say
[drum drum drum]
something youuuu say
[drum drum drum]
whyyy'd you leeeet me be aloooone.
[drum+guitar, continues to the rest of the song, which I do not know at all]

I'm fairly certain that the first line is "why...something that at least rhymes with say," and "alone" might be "along" or something else entirely. The opening of the song is almost definitely chopped up like that with the three drum beats--lyrics--three drum beats---lyrics, etc.

The tune for the four syllables in each line, if this makes any sense at all, is: note, note-1, note+1, note

Please help, this is driving me nuts.
posted by phunniemee to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sounds like the Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way.
posted by amyms at 3:55 PM on September 11, 2010

Response by poster: It's definitely not Backstreet Boys. It's fast-paced, upbeat, and guitar and drum-heavy, so we can probably rule out boybands.
posted by phunniemee at 4:09 PM on September 11, 2010

I want to say Offspring's Why Don't You Get A Job?, but I don't think the tune's right.
posted by permafrost at 4:26 PM on September 11, 2010

Like A Stone by Audioslave?

(I love this song, and lots of early 90s/early 90s sounding alt rock :)
posted by AlisonM at 4:32 PM on September 11, 2010

arg. late 90s/early 00s. forgive.
posted by AlisonM at 4:33 PM on September 11, 2010

Radiohead - My Iron Lung ?
posted by John Cohen at 4:46 PM on September 11, 2010

Another idea, though this probably isn't it either:

Dig - Believe

Hey, at least it's a '90s alt-rock song with a male singer where the chorus starts with "Why"!
posted by John Cohen at 4:54 PM on September 11, 2010

Response by poster: No hits so far. From what I can piece together, it sounds like the Offspring/Foo Fighters, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's a poor man's version. But maybe not, and maybe the song is, like, hugely popular or something. I don't know.

The tempo, again, is very upbeat and peppy.
posted by phunniemee at 4:55 PM on September 11, 2010

Beverly Hills - Weezer ?
posted by rollick at 5:06 PM on September 11, 2010

Hmmm, I'm usually bad at these kinds of things and probably focusing too much on the "whhhhhy" part...

But perhaps SR-71's "Right Now"?
posted by Squee at 5:09 PM on September 11, 2010

Plain White T's - My Only One?
posted by contrariwise at 5:22 PM on September 11, 2010

Hrm. The only song I can think of that's remotely apposite is Dare to Tread by The Tall Dwarfs.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 6:12 PM on September 11, 2010

Blink 182's All the Small Things?
posted by Marit at 6:59 PM on September 11, 2010

it also might be Jesus of Surburbia by Green Day
posted by rollick at 10:53 AM on September 12, 2010

Do you have a smartphone? There's a free app called Soundhound available from both iTunes and Android that let's you sing into your microphone and will attempt to recognize your song.
posted by foraneagle2 at 12:19 PM on January 21, 2011

Best answer: Son. Of. Abitch. I know you've all been on the edge of your seats since September, so I'm happy to report that I found the damn song. I was looking for something to watch last night, came across Vanilla Sky, and there it was.

It's "All the Right Friends" by R.E.M.
posted by phunniemee at 1:08 PM on April 28, 2011

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