Santa Monica (Everclear song)

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"Santa Monica (Watch The World Die)"
Everclear - Santa Monica cd single.png
Single by Everclear
from the album Sparkle and Fade
ReleasedDecember 5, 1995 (airplay)
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
Songwriter(s)Art Alexakis, Greg Eklund, Craig Montoya
Producer(s)Art Alexakis
Everclear singles chronology
"Heroin Girl"
"Santa Monica (Watch The World Die)"
"Heartspark Dollarsign"
Music video
"Santa Monica" on YouTube

"Santa Monica (Watch The World Die)" is a rock song by the band Everclear, from their 1995 album Sparkle and Fade. The song was written by the band's lead singer, Art Alexakis.

Though it was not officially released as a single in the United States, American radio stations played "Santa Monica" enough for the song to reach #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart in 1996.[1] The song also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[1] and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song also hit #35 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.

Background and content[edit]

In an October 2003 interview with Songfacts, Alexakis explained the song:

I'm using a place where I grew up and palm trees as iconic references. It's what I grew up with. I grew up in a seaside town called Santa Monica, which is like L.A. but on the coast. I've lived in cold places and been in bad relationships, and I think everybody has a place in their mind that is like a safe haven. It's also about getting away from bad times ... the ending of something is also the beginning of something new, whether it's with someone or getting out of a bad job, a bad way of life or an abusive relationship.[2]

When Alexakis was a teenager, his girlfriend committed suicide; shortly thereafter, Alexakis attempted the same by jumping off the Santa Monica Pier in southern California.[3] One theory as to the meaning of this song is that Alexakis was drawing on this experience from earlier in his life.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel Communications.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Santa Monica" (album version)
  2. "Heroin Girl" (acoustic)
  3. "Don't Change" (INXS cover)
  4. "Sin City" (AC/DC cover)
Watch the World Die CD Part 1
  1. "Santa Monica"
  2. "Heroin Girl" (KDGE version)
  3. "Summerland" (KDGE version)
  4. "Sin City" (AC/DC cover)
Watch the World Die CDS Part 2
  1. "Santa Monica"
  2. "Strawberry" (KDGE version)
  3. "Fire Maple Song" (KDGE version)
  4. "American Girl" (Tom Petty cover, KDGE version)

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured as a playable track in Band Hero.

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song as a playable level in the 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The song was made available to download on March 6, 2012, for play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards plus vocal harmonies.


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 213.
  2. ^ "Art Alexakis of Everclear". Songfacts. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Everclear's Art Alexakis goes from Iraq to the Hard Rock", Scott Mervis (26 March 2009) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, retrieved 6 May 2009.

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