No. 19: Be Your Own Pet, “Becky”

Since laziness and/or sanity kept me from hearing every song released in 2008, I won’t claim this is the No. 1 funniest. But it’s gotta be damn close.

Such a simple gag, too: the genteel, strummy sway of ’50s rock and roll collapsing into sloppy-ass punk at the choruses, with catty-unto-sociopathic lyrics about butter-knifing the former gal pal who sold out your pajama-party circle of trust. Venomous schoolyard/lunchroom/gym class comeuppance taken to bloodletting/clique-crushing/lifechanging extremes, the wounded and wailing protagonist of “Becky” piles up the petty infractions committed by the titular witch (“I heard you talked a lot of shit about me/To your new best friend”); talks like someone who needs to be enrolled in domestic abuse counseling (“Now everybody hates me a whole bunch/Because I made you cry a little bit at lunch/But I don’t feel bad/’Cuz they don’t know what we had”); winds up languishing in juvie for maiming this platonic heartbreaker; and shrugs it all off with a deranged giggle because “in the end it was fun.” Too bad the rest of the album’s peppy punk snarl inevitably kinda paled compared to the shamefully excised “Becky”s mix of retro-pop pastiche and hyper-sardonic hateration.

“Becky” [YouTube]
80 ’08 (and heartbreak)

  • dreamsneverend

    The black and white video that went with it is even goofier.

  • Chris B.

    Two posts in a row on BYOP makes me feel like it’s my own personal Christmas.

    Maybe it’s the inner rebellious teenager I never was but for most of 2008 BYOP was the band I wanted to hear all the time. I spent more time listening to Get Awkward/Damaged than anything else and it was definitely my number one album for the year (using a similar rationale for P4k using Fleet Foxes’ EP and LP as their #1 album).

  • Cos

    I loved this band and this album. “Get Awkward” didn’t grab me right away, probably because the new 15 year-old drummer wasn’t as obviously awesome as the last one they had. But in its simplicity, the album had its moments of greatness.

    If there were ever a female answer to the jilted punk angst of the Descendents, it would have to be Be Your Own Pet. Maybe they’ll get back together and call the next one “Jemina Comes Back From College”

  • Lucas Jensen

    I hate this band worse than just about anything ever.

  • Anonymous

    After hearing the verses, I wanna sing, “Come on baby, do the locomotion.”

    Is it just me?

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