The lights go out, but suddenly everyone starts screaming. From the fog, a neon rectangle — or black and white depending on the era — lowers down and illuminates the stage. Screaming is still happening, of course, until you hear the infamous lines: “go down, soft sound.” Over the past seven years, for the hundreds, maybe thousands of shows they’ve played, The 1975 begins each set in the same exhilarating manner.
But for longtime fans, the theatrics are no longer just a spectacle: they’re a routine. This is The 1975 live show experience. Whether it be their 2013 teenage angst-ridden debut, their ‘80s pop sophomore LP, or the more recent culture critique within their third album, The 1975’s live shows are essentially exhibitions, or better yet, manifestations of the general motifs and themes of each album. And besides the fact frontman and lead vocalist Matty Healy will not play “Antichrist”, he is very aware of what fans want, and most of the time, he delivers. Yes, The 1975 are a quality band that routinely dominate the pop charts, but as is the case with most musicians, a lot of their success comes from the devoted fans who have propelled them from small pubs to sold-out areas.
So, even through the different changes of scenery, Healy recognizes the importance of certain songs to longtime fans and continues to perform them, even though their “era” is long gone. A lot of these tracks are from the eponymous 2013 album, yet few saw critical recognition. In a way, this grants them a special place in fans’ hearts. Maybe it’s more important to acknowledge that this album was not only fans’ intro to The 1975 but that its themes of heartbreak, growing up, and fucking up mirrored everything they were going through at the time. As the album has aged, and as others have been released, they feel as if they’ve grown up alongside it and The 1975.
It’s no secret The 1975 have their fair share of critics. They’re adored; they’re despised. But there is no denying — whatever your feelings may be — that they’re pop star legends with fans who will defend them to the grave. Regardless of your feelings toward the band, you can’t ignore that they have some great one-liners. With that said, we’ve collected some of The 1975’s fan-favorite lyrics.
So, when you see the rectangle come down, you can expect most of these songs to be accompanied by a lot of united screaming, crying, and impassioned joy. Basically, these lines just hit different.
–Samantha Small and Jennifer Irving
Lyric: “You got something to say/ Why don’t you speak it out loud/ Instead of living in your head?”
Running around with your high school friends, watching hours of television, potentially (but probably) getting high, “Heart Out” is an anthem of small-town tomfoolery. But although reckless to the point of fearing no consequences, Healy and his love interest are too scared to tell each other how they feel. At the bridge of the song, the synth, guitar, and drums fade, so it’s only the harmonized pleads of Healy (and a united live-show crowd) delivering this line. After he gets that off his chest, a saxophone solo ensues to celebrate the freeing moment of honesty. –Samantha Small
Lyric: “You’ve got a beautiful face but got nothing to say.”
For a lot of people who brushed off The 1975’s first album as cliched and overdone, “Love Me”, the first single of their second album’s era, was a lot of fans’ intro to the band. Fully embracing the distaste some listeners had for the first album, the band returned with a song that takes on what the media believes the band to be and turns it on itself. Some of the ideas it takes on are obnoxious, and sometimes the things Healy criticizes are systems he’s part of himself; but that’s the point. Healy knows fans are in on the joke, and he doesn’t care if his critics can’t read between the lines enough to understand what’s really going on. –Jennifer Irving
Lyric: “Well, criminals and liars, keep him in your cell as a privilege of mine/ Well, I love the house that we live in, I love you all too much.”
Healy is an outspoken atheist, but that doesn’t stop him from routinely trying to believe in … something. “Antichrist” sounds like the rise and fall of a wave. At first, he’s treading in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar territory, but it’s enticing — refreshing. Healy almost reaches a point of enlightenment when the music cuts out, but then his hope suddenly falls with a hard drumbeat and accompanying synth as he recognizes he cannot put faith in something he cannot see. This line comes out of the point of frustration, delivered with a chilling scream. Healy wants something to put faith in, so he chooses to believe in love. Love for the house that he lives in and the people around him.
So, although Healy has said he will never play the song live because it’s too painful, logistically hard to execute, and doesn’t “really sound like The 1975,” the powerful message behind the track makes the song an easy fan favorite. –Samantha Small
Lyric: “You’re so conceited, I/ Said, ‘I love you’/ What does it matter if I lied to you?”
“The Sound” is one of the (many) 1975 songs that can take on multiple meanings. Is it about the ups and downs of a worn-out relationship or taking on more critical reviews of their debut album? With lines like “Oh and you say/ I’m such a cliche” and a video featuring direct quotes of unimpressed critics, it may seem more like the latter, but that notion of doubt is what makes it so interesting. After this particular line, “unconvincing emo lyrics” flashes across the screen, almost begging the viewer to draw the connection. Follow that up with “soulless robo beats” over the campy synth drums, and the message is quite clear: The 1975 refuse to stop doing what they like, no matter the reception. As one of the band’s most popular songs, “The Sound” exemplifies The 1975’s ability to craft snappy dance hits with more complex and sharp-witted nuance. –Jennifer Irving
“Love It If We Made It”
Lyric: “’Thank you Kanye, very cool.’”
Over ‘80s disco riffs, “Love It If We Made It” compiles a laundry list of grievances. From systematic racism and climate destruction to drug abuse and refugee injustice, The 1975 are holding up a mirror to all evils of our world to show us our injuries are disgustingly and hypocritically human. This specific line comes from the heavily memed tweet by Donald Trump after Kanye West professed his love to the president declaring they both have “dragon energy.” Healy was confused by West’s complete 180 from spearheading social projects in Chicago to supporting the right-winged president that he felt inclined to emphasize how easily the “good” can turn sour. Our society is in shambles, Healy notes, but I think we can make it out alive. Truly, he’d love it if we made it. –Samantha Small
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Lyric: “Get someone you love?/ Get someone you need?/ Fuck that, get money/ I can’t give you my soul ’cause we’re never alone.”
Heavy with synths and Healy’s croons, “Somebody Else” is arguably The 1975’s biggest song outside of their core fanbase. It’s the modern-day reimagining of an ’80s post-breakup ballad that prevents such a universal feeling in such a fresh way that it’s almost impossible not to listen to the song at least five times in a row. Lorde even shared that it was her most listened to song in 2016 and then covered it on tour in 2017.
Its popularity is entirely justified; it’s undeniably a bop. When the bridge hits, the song reaches its peak; the synth’s slow, and Healy’s vocals become distorted. How can anyone be in love in a world seemingly void of time for intimacy? Rather than even begin to take on that question, Healy accepts the way of life thrust upon us. Let’s just distract ourselves and make money. There is no love in the 21st century without commentary. –Jennifer Irving
Lyric: “I don’t wanna be your friend/ I wanna kiss your neck.”
There’s something so special about the extra songs included on deluxe versions of albums; they’re almost like little secrets that only the most devoted fans take the time to listen and memorize. For The 1975, lesser-known songs become cult favorites among fans, “fallingforyou” being one at the forefront. Despite the song coming from a time when the band didn’t shy away from sexuality, the song emanates innocence, this line in particular. If Beatlemaniacs had “I wanna hold your hand,” The 1975 fans have “I wanna kiss your neck.” –Jennifer Irving
Lyric: “And don’t fall in love with the moment/ And think you’re in love with the girl.”
“She’s American” is essentially the sequel of LP 1’s “Girls”. It’s a cheeky dance song about vapid American girls tokenizing Brits for everything from their fudged teeth to their lack of excess weight. But Healy is smarter than he was on “Girls” or even the first album for that matter. He knows now that the thrill of a special “moment” can oftentimes cause your emotions to run rampant.
Healy has also recently collaborated with The Face magazine for a series of podcasts that feature the singer in conversation with megastars like Brian Eno, Conor Oberst, Kim Gordon, and even Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. In Healy and Nick’s conversation, Nicks marked this line as poetry. “That’s just like my life,” she added. But like it’s Nicks’ life, the lines really apply to anyone who’s misconstrued infatuation for love. And with a fanbase of starry-eyed Gen Z’s, it’s no surprise this line hits home. –Samantha Small
Lyric: “If we’re gonna do anything, we might as well just fuck.”
Compared to some of the other lines we’ve chosen, this line from “Sex” is the most straightforward you can get. Before The 1975 took on cultural criticisms, they were teenage boys with teenage interests. Although the song is sometimes called brash, Healy claims that the song is one of the most romantic ones he’s ever written. Whether that comes across to everyone or not, it’s undeniably an intense expression of teenage frustration, all leading up to the infamous line. Not only is it a fun one to yell at their shows, as it’s aged, it’s become a testament to the growth of the band. Though they’ve expanded their range of topics, Healy continues to never shy away from speaking exactly what’s on his mind. –Jennifer Irving
Lyric: “Now everybody’s dead/ And they’re driving past my old school/ And he’s got his gun, and he’s got his suit on/ She says, ‘Babe, you look so cool.’”
Quite honestly, this list could very well be composed of lines solely from “Robbers”, arguably one of The 1975’s most loved tracks. However, my co-writer and I settled on this infamous line for a few reasons.
Based on the Quentin Tarantino movie True Romance, “Robbers” depicts a toxic relationship in the most dramatic sense. After doing lines and killing those who threaten to get in their way, the Bonnie and Clyde-type characters find themselves all alone — as if they’re the center of the universe — in this pivotal moment of the song. Matty trails off right before this line singing: ”But if you’d just take off your mask/ You’d find out everything’s gone wrong,” followed by a brief, silent pause, a hi-hat hit, and a blood-curdling scream: “Now everybody’s dead.” But the mask is still on, and the two are completely and utterly intoxicated by their blinding love. If you both look “so cool,” what does it matter if your love destroys everything in its path?
Perhaps fans love the idea of an unbreakable, all or nothing love. Or maybe they just love screaming when Matty does. Whatever it may be, “Robbers” will without a doubt go down in history as one of the most important 1975 tracks of all time. –Samantha Small