Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Bad Boys" - By Inner Circle (AKA - The COPS Theme Song)

While in the shower this morning, I was thinking about the TV show COPS. Specifically the theme song by Inner Circle.

Bad boys, bad boys
What'cha gonna do?
What'cha gonna do when they come for you?

It got me wondering...

Who are the "Bad Boys" in this scenario? 

Not THESE Bad Boys...

Now, if you listen to the WHOLE song, the first verse speaks of "when Sheriff John Brown comes for you". So in that version, we know that the "Bad Boys" are those who are going to be caught by the "authority figures" (ie, Sheriff John Brown). However, the COPS TV theme show version, omits that first verse, thus changing around the meaning quite a bit.

There are two groups of people, "Bad Boys" might be referencing:

1. You could argue the "Bad Boys" are the COPS themselves. Not meant as an indictment towards the current strained climate between the police and various communities, but rather "Bad" in the Michael Jackson sense...(though one could make the argument, that "Bad" when referring to Michael Jackson is an indictment of his behavior towards children, but that's a WHOLE other blog). In essence, these guys are "Bad Asses!"

Michael Jackson's "Bad"

Michael Jackson is BAD!

2. More likely, the "Bad Boys" are the criminal element, the lifeblood of the program. Without them, the show is just the "COPS" driving around helping people with flat tires. In that situation, there'd be NO "Bad Boys," except maybe a "Bad" Pep Boys that sold you shitty tires.
(EDIT: ALL Pep Boys are BAD Pep Boys).

But that would warrant a totally different theme song.

Old Pep Boys commercial combined with Atenpallas version of "Bad Boys"

 - But here's a sub-question for #2. IF the "Bad Boys" in question are the PERPS, than who is the "What'cha gonna do when they come for you?" being addressed to?

a. It would seem this question is for the "Bad Boys" themselves. Which would indicate the "they" that is "coming for you" are the police. BUT there might be another, more ominous meaning...

b. It's possible, that the question "What'cha gonna do when they come for you?" is actually being asked of the general public. "Omar's coming!" 
Look, there's an element that's coming to get you! (this is FoxNew's business model)
The only thing that can stop that element from GETTING you, is the COPS. Well, them and a kick ass Inner Circle song.

This is the type of stuff I think about when I'm in the shower.

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