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Revisiting Republica’s March Release “Christiana Obey”

Posted by Shamir Lee on 12/13 at 03:49 PM

Okay, so I’m a little late on this, but better late than never, right? 90s band Republica released a new track this past March called “Christiana Obey.” The song is a dark track that is reminiscent of their earlier sound. It’s hard to tell exactly what this song is about, but I interpret it as a message of a woman who possesses two personalities, good and evil. Christiana is the evil side. She must be tamed and forced to “obey” the good side’s behavior and actions. If my interpretation is correct, this is a very interesting song. It’s personally very relatable. It’s too bad it won’t receive more airplay. They retain their 90s sound, almost too much, which wouldn’t fit in with the only somewhat 80s/90s-inspired (but not half as creative) music of today.

Besides drummer Conor Lawrence, who joined the band only last year, the line-up includes all of the original members, which is great to see. Lead singer Saffron works her signature red and black hair like before. The band hasn’t changed much, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I hope they continue making quality music for their loyal fan base in the years to come.

Republica is most famous for their 1996 hit, and one of my personal favorites, “Ready to Go.” Other notable songs include “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” featured in Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) and “Get Off.”

Check out “Christiana Obey” below:

{name} Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.


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