In our 2016 APMAs commemorative issue, Good Charlotte founders Benji and Joel Madden discuss a multitude of things, including the meaning behind their Young And The Hopeless album title. You can read an excerpt from the interview where they discuss it below.
“I’ve typically named every one of our albums; it’s something I love to do. The Young And The Hopeless felt like the generation we were in . If you remember, it was Y2K. We were the last of the golden year; we were the last wave of bands recording to tape before the music industry started falling apart and everyone ran for their lives. It was a really interesting time to be a band and not collapse. We definitely limped off the field. Surviving it was a lot of work. But we came back, and we’re starting to run again. We can hear the crowd, and it feels really good.
The Young And The Hopeless was the end of an era. For me, that record was one of the last records you make like that. I think it was the way a generation felt in the early 2000s. Everything started to change over. There weren’t even smartphones yet. There weren’t even camera phones! It’s funny to let you subconscious do all the work, then you go back and read lyrics you wrote or look at album titles and go, “Fuck, man!” My subconscious was fully communicating the messages I wasn’t even aware of. I was just finding words.”
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