Hawthorne Heights "Ohio is For Lovers" (2004)
Album: The Silence in Black and White
"Ohio is for Lovers" is everything a guilty pleasure song should be. No one wants to admit to liking the strained pop-punk vocals, and even less will vouch for the scremo that's supposed to balance them out. Emo lyrics like "Cut my wrists and black my eyes, so I can fall asleep tonight, or die," are either plastered on the back of a Hot Topic shirt and worn proudly or buried away deep in the recesses of your mind.
In a way though, the Hawthorne Heights song is simple encapsulation of the scene that bred it. There was a day where rockers could have their wounds and lick them too. And if you ever had your heart broken circa 2004, chances are you felt the pain these Ohio boys sung about. -Ted Simmons