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Are you guys reissuing Hey Stoopid?
I'm not in control of what goes on at the record companies. I hear all the time that they're reissuing this and repackaging that. If I tried to keep up with that, I'd spend all my time worrying about that. I have people in my organization who work on that. I can't tell you how many times people have come up to me to tell me the song "Hey Stoopid" kept them from committing suicide. Then I just go, "Wow!" You don't realize when you write a song how it's going to affect people, even though that song is an anti-suicide song.
That was your goal with that song then?
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Well, there was a rash of teenage suicides. I kept going, "If your best friend said to you, 'I'm going to kill myself,' you'd go, 'Hey, stupid, what are you doing?' You wouldn't say, "Hey, Janice, I don't think that's a good idea." I wanted to talk to the audience that way. I wanted to talk to teenagers: "Hey, stupid, what are you trying to do? If you do this, they win. Whoever was causing your problems wins." At the time, I thought maybe 10 percent of the audience got it. They liked it 'cause it was a good rock song, but apparently a lot of people listened to those lyrics. It was effective.
Is that the song that's gotten you the most feedback from your audience?
I think so. You hear people all the time say, "Boy, 'I'm Eighteen' came out when I was 18. I was confused, I was a mess," and this and that. "And when you said, 'I'm 18, and I like it,' it was like saying, 'It's OK to be 18 and it's OK to be a mess, because when you're 18, you're allowed to be a mess.'" You're not alone. You're on the lunatic fringe, and it's OK to be on the lunatic fringe.
Taylor Swift has a song about being 23. I think that's another dumb age when you're young.
I mean, if you can't be stupid when you're 18, when can you be stupid?