First image that pops into your head?
If you were a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid, probably this guy:
The baseball-bat swinging, hockey stick clubbing, rather ridiculous-looking vigilante friend of the turtles.
Never mind, because that’s not what we’re talking about today anyway. We’re focusing about Casey Jones, the band.
Here’s a picture:
Casey Jones was formed in 2003 in Florida, as a strictly straight-edge hardcore band.
This meant that they chose not to indulge in any vices in a scene where most of their peers were:
-Drinking before and after playing
-Getting plastered after shows
-Getting high on marijuana and drugs
-Having casual sex with groupies
One of the greatest spokesmen for the Straight Edge lifestyle in their time, Casey Jones churned out beautiful, honest music without the need of a single drop of alcohol or puff of smoke. (Some musicians swear that marijuana gives them amazing albeit temporary songwriting talents)
Of course, with the Straight Edge wave catching on, the concept of living a vice-free and healthy lifestyle slowly became blurred, with more and more youngsters new to the scene treating Straight Edge as more of a trend.
These ‘poseurs’ would draw ‘Xs’ on their hands to shows (Something real Straight Edge people did as well), like this:
Casey Jones was not too pleased about these people, and did what they do best – Write a song about it.
And now I present to you, Casey Jones – Know This X.
This time I’ll take every word with a grain of salt and stare you down.
One day you’ll learn what a promise really is and the meaning of pride.
Go ahead and X up.
Straight edge for a while, a crooked x for that crooked smile.
A new trend.
A new start.
The X on your hand will never be there in your heart.
I AM STRAIGHT EDGE!