Hate Me, by Blue October

Blue October is a Houston-based rock band, known for songs like Calling You or Into the Ocean, although today’s post will be about Hate Me, one of the most popular songs in their repertoire, that is included in the album Foiled (2006).

Justin Furstenfeld, the group’s vocalist, used this song to apologize to every person that he harmed during a time of addiction to drugs and alcohol (addictions added on top of his bipolar syndrome). In the lyrics he repeatedly asks people to hate him for all the damage that he has done, and uses real-life situations and personal references to strengthen his point. For example, the voice mail that can be heard at the beginning of the song is a real message that his mother left while he was going through one of his roughest moments.

The style of Hate Me is really representative of Blue October’s style: intense melodies and harsh lyrics (sometimes explicit) that tell dark situations and the ups-and-downs of life in general, and of the band members in particular.

The music video was nominated to the 2007 MuchMusic Video Awards in the category of “Best International Video - Group”, but lastly the award went the My Chemical Romance and their video for Welcome to the Black Parade.

As some trivia info, Stephanie Meyer, the best-seller writer of the Twilight saga, mentions Blue October as one of the influences in her work. She even toured the nation along with Justin Furstenfeld in a concert/book promotion set of events in different US cities.

Article published on November 28, 2012.
This article has been modified since its original publication.