Ronnie Radke is no Elvis Costello, and that’s not a bit compared to the Falling in Reverse lead.
Costello is one of the most consequential, yet underrated apps, singer/songwriter of the modern era. However, Radke is one of those who surpass the crooner “Alison” in an important area unrelated to music – at least on the surface.
Costello made waves this week when he revealed he “retired” one of his early classical songs to keep the crowds awake at the bay.
“Oliver’s Army,” from the singer’s brilliant 1979 album “Armed Forces,” contains the following line.
There is a checkpoint Charlie
He doesn’t show a smile
But it’s not a laughing party
When you’ve been on the road to murder
Only one time use triggers itching
Add a widow, remove a blank word
Costello recently explained that the term “white N” doesn’t refer to people of color, but he still That mothball lyrics along with the entire track.
I believe I was sober when I wrote the song about career opportunities, but sadly the two slang words are a historical fact. It’s a derogatory term for Irish Catholics, which I sang to explain. People get scared when they think about the way the officer class talks about people of color. Perhaps now I will express the same idea in a different way. I tried changing that verse, but after 44 years, I’m done. Instead, I will sing (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.
What does Adam Carolla say about Cancel Culture? You retreat, they trespass. Costello just backed out instead of defending one of his best songs.
Radke, with less music than Costello, doing the opposite.
The singer is taking on Cancel Culture directly, noting that he will never apologize for the things he said in the past that are now considered false. Falling in Reverse’s most recent song, “Zombified,” has heartbreaking lyrics like:
“Oh no, they’ll never let go / Something you said 10 years ago / They’re canceling you / And they won’t stop until everyone is / Zombified.”
The song speaks to both Radke’s era and his views on a sober, uncompromising culture.
“I will never apologize, because what I said 10 years ago is really okay…” [If] I said something in the ’90s that’s not OK now, unacceptable, come on. It doesn’t make me a bad person. What would make me a bad person is if I kept going, knowing it wasn’t right. There is only one good road that you must walk. It’s like you have to walk on eggshells. It’s hard to be any kind of celebrity these days.”
He understands many people’s fear of saying the wrong thing – past or present. He also vowed to overcome that fear, suggesting that others do the same.
There’s nothing sarcastic about it Radke did some bad, bad things in his past. Actions, mind you, not words or insults.
As a young man, Radke spent two and a half years in prison for his involvement in the death of an 18-year-old in Las Vegas. Radke did not pull the trigger, but his presence at the scene triggered the battery from the incident. He then failed to follow his probation rules and was evicted as a result in 2008.
However, he turned his life around as a free man, walking soberly and earning the trust of his fellow musicians. An important moment? He went on the Warped tour and shared his new approach to music.
“I think black is sober. That’s great now. I’m trying to make it a fun thing,” he said. “I used to believe in wasting and getting on stage… I want to try to lead by example. I’m not Mr. Goody-Good or anything, but I’m not stupid.”
Now, he is participating in Cancel Culture and perhaps, inspiring others to do the same. For Costello, however, it may be too late.