Nov 30, 2010
After 17 years of #1 singles, international fame, and countless music industry awards, Ace of Base finally decided to record a song about California.
It's about time.
"Southern California" tells the story of a person, on a "road to nowhere", who hitch-hikes to Southern California. After a lifetime of "searching", the California visitor meets some kind of a guru or cult leader wearing a purple robe.
Inside a strange temple where folks chant in the shadows, the California visitor is greeted by a figure, dressed in silver, who appears out of the smoke --- and speaks about "searching".
Maybe Ace of Base are going for the Eagles' "Hotel California" vibe. In that song, a male visitor is greeted by a spooky chick. In "Southern California", a female visitor is greeted by a spooky dude.
In both songs, the visitor is introduced to a freaky world that gives one the heebie-jeebies. There is no "pink champagne on ice" mentioned in "Southern California", though --- only "smoke".
One of the darker California songs, "Southern California" by Ace of Base is a very different kind of California.
Ace of Base Southern California