Dick Hebdige wrote about punk that it disrupted the dominant culture by turning everyday objects into visual noise (safety pins as jewelry, garbage bags as clothing), to say nothing of the sound of the music: brash, unpolished, accompanied by screeching vocals. Noise by Susan Fast 10

These ideas come from his 1979 book Subculture: The Meaning of Style, which you can read online here

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Dropped a couple off with Rolla in the PA (Real Rolla!) Seen It All by Jeezy (Ft. Jay Z)

The “Real Rolla” here is likely Robert “Real Rolla” Taylor, a Philly O.G. who is credited as as “co-executive producer” on the first Beanie Sigel album

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Oh baby baby
I shouldn't have let you go
And now you're out of sight yeah
...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

Britney told MTV that the sentiment of wanting back someone who got away is something “every girl can relate to”

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Chasin' the factory girls underneath the boardwalk where they all promise to unsnap their jeans 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen

Pop songs have long talked about the raunchy things that take place under the boardwalk

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Sandy, that waitress I was seeing lost her desire for me
I spoke with her last night, she said she won't set herself on fire for me anymore
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen

Fire, in Springsteen’s songs, is almost always equated with sexual desire

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Down in the town, the Circuit's full of switchblade lovers, so fast, so shiny, so sharp 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen

Asbury Park’s famed Circuit was a recurring theme in Springsteen’s early work

For more on The Circuit, see here

Basically, “The Circuit” refers to a “loop”, or “track”, if you will, that hundreds, or THOUSANDS of people would “flock” to on the weekends, just to drive around and around. During the summer months, there was “action” on the Circuit every night of the week, but Friday and Saturday nights were the busiest nights for sure. The Circuit represented to many people the “center of the universe”. It was the “happening” place to be. Besides being an actual “physical location”, it was also a lifestyle, state-of-mind, and “reason to live”! Most who “cruised the Circuit”, were young people who night after night, were looking to meet people of the opposite sex. While others came for a more “serious” reason, to race. The Circuit was sort of a “moving city on wheels”. There were hot-rods, crazy teen boys, crazy teen girls, and even bored “old people”. You’d just drive around and around all night long, all week long, all summer long!

[Emphasis ours]

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[Verse 3] 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen

In early versions of the song, this verse had a more collective spin:

Sandy, them north side angels lost their desire for us
I talked to ‘em last night, and they said they won’t set themselves on fire for us anymore
But the weather gets hot, and every season they still come and they go
Parking with their honeys way down south on the Kokomo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQT6BlvrXg4#t=4m32s

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This pier lights our carnival life forever 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) by Bruce Springsteen

In early live versions, this line was a more fatalistic “This beach light, it cannot go on forever”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQT6BlvrXg4#t=5m44s

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Seven and a half, you know that's God Can I Start This? by Poor Righteous Teachers (Ft. Tony D (a.k.a. Harvee Wallbangar))

According to NoGE doctrine, the black man (God) has 7 ½ ounces of brain, while the white man has only six

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Islam is a natural way of life, not a religion. What We Teach/What We Will Achieve by Nation of Gods and Earths (Ft. Allah Mind, Allah Supreme & Beloved Allah)

The NoGE’s stance that their beliefs do not constitute a “religion” has occasionally confused authorities

This is especially true in prisons, where group members' appeals to be able to practice their beliefs would frequently be challenged by authorities with the idea that they didn’t even consider themselves a religion in their own rhetoric. It took a lawsuit by Intelligent Tarref Allah to win New York State NoGE prisoners the right to practice openly

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June 27th, 2014

The spelling comes from this book. If anyone has other sources/suggestions, leave comments below

June 27th, 2014

I think it’s spelled Tareef, not Tarref, not completely sure tho…

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