''My favorite writers and artists had a human-politics aspect to their work, and that was something that drove me as well. As an experiment on the song 'You Get What You Give,' I had what at the time was one of the more political lyrics in a long, long, long time, to the point where some of the people I was working with were horrified. In a pop song, I was going after health insurance companies and corruption; the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, and the hypocrisy of the war on drugs, which was not real; 'big bankers' and Wall Street. To allude to all that stuff in a pop song was, in retrospect, a naively crazy proposition.'' - Gregg Alexander
''I don't have a strong view on any of the artists mentioned in the song. There's this whole hysteria and curiosity over peripheral stupidity instead of focusing on real issues. And a lot of people I talked to asked me about those real things, while a lot of rock media tried to turn it into a cat fight." - Gregg Alexander
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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