Institutionalized (song)

"Institutionalized"
Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized (Single).jpg
Single by Suicidal Tendencies
from the album Suicidal Tendencies
Released1983
Format7-inch single
Recorded1983
Length3:49
LabelFrontier
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Glen E. Friedman
Suicidal Tendencies singles chronology
"Institutionalized"
(1983)
"Possessed to Skate"
(1987)

"Institutionalized" is a song by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies. It was released in 1983 as the only single from their debut album, Suicidal Tendencies. "Institutionalized" is one of the band's most popular songs and has remained a live staple since it was first played in 1982.[1] The song was re-recorded on the band's 1993 album Still Cyco After All These Years; this version was nominated for the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1994, but lost to Ozzy Osbourne's live version of "I Don't Want to Change the World".

The original version of the song was featured on the long-out of print compilation album F.N.G., while the Still Cyco After All These Years version appears on Prime Cuts and Playlist: The Very Best of Suicidal Tendencies, which was not endorsed by the band. The song was also included in the 12-inch EP Institutionalised, which was released exclusively in the UK in 1988 after Suicidal Tendencies had risen in popularity.[2]

Song structure

The music was written by Louiche Mayorga[3] when he was in Suicidal Tendencies and lyrics by Mike Muir. The music video follows what is presumably a teenage Muir through a series of social conflicts with friends and, more significantly, parents. The protagonist's friends notice his behavior and suggest talking about it, only for him to refuse any help. This then continues with his parents, who are convinced that he is on drugs and needs help with his mental health. Once again, this results in retaliation and denial from the protagonist, who suggests that everyone else needs help with their mental health. The lyrics in the verses are not sung, but spoken in a run-on sentence style. They are complemented by the lead guitar, subdued at the start of the verses, but becoming more frantic and powerful with the protagonist's confrontations and emotional outbursts.

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