OVERLOOKED SONG: JTX - "Love In America"
Without a doubt, my favorite underground song of 2011 has to be “Love In America” by JTX. The band made minor waves in 2009 with the generic “(I’m Gonna) Party Like A Rockstar,” but “Love In America” is much better in every way. Though first released as a single in December 2010, I first noticed the song when Sony used it on the TV spots for the summer comedy Friends With Benefits. The song refused to leave my head, prompting a massive online search until I finally discovered the artist and title.
If I were to compare JTX to anyone, I’d say they’re most like Bowling For Soup, who you may remember for the Grammy-nominated “Girl All The Bad Guys Want” and the 80s love note “1985.” Like that intentionally silly band, JTX isn’t afraid to be endearingly immature. In terms of lyrical content though, “Love In America” is most similar to one of the year’s biggest breakout hits, Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight, Tonight.” I enjoy both of these songs very much, but if forced to choose, I’d say “Love In America” is the better of the two, with a more consistent flow and wittier lyrics. “Love In America” is a fantastic pre-party song; I love listening to it right before a crazy night out. In a way, “Love In America” and “Tonight, Tonight” compliment each other, with the former being the pre-party pump-up song, and the latter being the post-party hangover song. Lyrics like the ones below are great fun and rather inspired:
Dance away the heartache
Blow the world a kiss
This is love in
Yeah your dreams are gonna come true
Yeah tonight it's just me and you
Hey kids, here we go
Sex, hugs, rock n' roll
Fill your cup up
This is love in
It’s the “Sex, hugs, rock n’ roll” part that really gets me grinning. I’m rather astonished that JTX didn’t score a big hit with this song, but maybe the December release was a factor, since it would have been a perfect summer song. The Friends With Benefits exposure could have helped, but that film only generated moderate interest from moviegoers. Due to poor chart performance, there is no album to accompany “Love In America,” but the song is absolutely worth a download. LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” may have been the official #1 hit of the summer, but “Love In America” was my anthem for summer 2011.