Songs That Jack You Up: Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot”

Songs That Jack You Up: Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot”

You know what confuses me most about the song “Hey man, nice shot” by Filter?  That the song never had a better use in a movie.  The only movie it’s known to be in is the movie Cable Guy during the basketball scene.   This is just unacceptable.   Solid uses of the song in television took place in The X-Files, Supernatural and Tales from the Crypt “Demon Knight.”  But how in the world has this song not been better used in a film? I would think that David Fincher could find a scene where this song would fit in perfectly.   But the way, know what the song is actually about?

This song is about R. Budd Dwyer, who was the Pennsylvania state treasurer. He was tried and found guilty of racketeering, bribery, fraud, and conspiracy. On January 22, 1987, he called a press conference where he pulled out a gun, put it in his mouth, and pulled the trigger. He died instantly as cameras rolled and people in the room screamed. At least one TV station ran the footage on their local news.

Filter frontman Richard Patrick had this to say about the song when he wrote it:

“‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’ was the ‘aha moment,’ where you’re like, ‘That was so easy.’ Coming up with the riff and chorus was one of those things like, ‘Well, how the f–k hasn’t anyone ever done this?’ Like, in the last 500 years of music, how in the hell has someone never just pieced this together? Because it makes so much sense, such a perfect little never-ending riff that you could just play forever and ever and ever and it would never get old.

I couldn’t agree more.  You cannot get tired of this riff or this song no matter how many times you play it.  Also, talk about a song that pumps you up.  I’m ready to punch myself in the face right now.

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