My Sunday Song – “Bully” by Shinedown

For My Sunday Song #323, we are talking about bullies with the song “Bully” by Shinedown. The song was the first single off their 2012 album ‘Amaryllis’. The single was released on January 3, 2012 and #3 on the Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. It actually did break the Top 100 Charts landing at #94. The song did go Gold selling over 500,000 copies which isn’t bad. The song was written by Brent Smith, Zach Myers and Dave Bassett.

The song is about what you think it is about…Bullies!! It is definitely not condoning the actions of bullies, but instead telling people it is okay to stand-up for yourselves against bullies. Fight to survive against losing your self-respect and your dignity. Leave the bullies behind and they will become a faint memory. Brent’s father taught him to box so he would stand up to bullies…he has stated he got his butt kicked a few times, but he would stand up for himself.

The song is a pure rocker and an anthem for the underdog. Brent’s vocal deliver is more chant-like and then the chorus explodes in to a full on battle-cry to stand up for yourself. The guitar riffs are contagious and catchy as hell, there a ton of melodies. The guitar solo electrifying and then at the end of the song a chorus of kids with voices of angels join in and amplify the meaning to not back down. It is a powerful song with a powerful message.

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Shinedown – The Albums Ranked Worst to First

Shinedown was formed in Jacksonville, Florida back in 2001 and it only took two years to get a record deal and release their debut album ‘Leave a Whisper’.  Their post-grunge, hard rock sound garnered them fast attention and they have since become one of the biggest acts in the business.  Their music could be really heavy and it can be soft with a touching ballad, but whichever way you get it, it is going to be melodic and catchy as hell which has brought them great success.

Now, how did I get in to Shinedown.  Believe it or not, it was Chris Daughtry from American Idol.  I was watching the show and Chris came out and did  a fantastic cover of “I Dare You” by Shinedown.  At the time, I was not familiar with the band and as a result of him singing it, I went out and listened to the album and the rest is history.  I have been a fan of Shinedown ever since.

They have 6 studio albums, one live album and numerous E.P.’s.  We are only going to focus on the studio albums to keep it simple. So, why don’t we get started.

THE WORST – ‘THREAT TO SURVIVAL’ (2015):

Shinedown doesn’t really have a worst album, but one album has to be my least favorite and this one is it for me.  I felt this one had too much filler and a little too soft overall when compared to the rest.  Yes, you had some heavy songs, I only think they weren’t as strong as other albums.  A little too soft.  The back half of the album was weaker and it started to lose me until you get to the last song “Misfits” which was pretty awesome.

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