Dead Beats: "A New Beginning" by Wolfie's Just Fine

An analysis of Jon Lajoie's love letter to the slasher film genre via his musical project Wolfie's Just Fine.

By L.B. Lubomski

Dead Beats is a series that seeks to showcase musical artists whose works are inspired by or have gone on to inspire the horror genre.

First things first: What the hell is Wolfie's Just Fine? It is the indie/folk rock project of Jon Lajoie. It's also a clever reference to a line from Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Lajoie is a Canadian comedian and actor known for his joke albums and acting gigs. His most high-profile appearence has been as Taco MacArthur on FX's The League. While Lajoie's previous musical efforts have been for comedic effect with tunes such as "Show Me Your Genitals," "A New Beginning" is a much more serious song off his debut album, I Remembered, but Then I Forgot. With this song Lajoie has crafted a love letter to the slasher film genre, paying particular tribute to Friday the 13th. Below are the lyrics.

The first time I saw you was on the screen at Sebastian's house
Back then you were so much older than me but now you're a child
Oh I was wondering why you got naked
When that boy started kissing you
I was disgusted yet oddly excited
The feeling was completely new

It made you laugh when he kissed your breasts
I didn't get the joke
He got up a few moments later
And left you all alone
As you lay there in the forest I pictured
Myself lying right next to you
You fell asleep someone approached I figured
It was your friend returning to you
(It was Jason)

You didn't have any time to move
We sat and watched as he murdered you
I thought it was safe
We wanted to play
Oh brother we should leave now
We were led astray
The pastor would say
Oh your sins shall find you out

I stood frozen desperately
Trying to make sense of it all
Your body laid motionless
And your face was covered in blood
And then your boyfriend came back looking for you
I started shaking cause I knew
We tried to warn him but he couldn't hear us
Through the screen oh what could we do 
(It was Jason)

He didn't have any time to move
His blood was dark
It was almost blue
I thought it was safe
We wanted to play
Oh brother we should leave now
We were led astray
The pastor would say
Oh your sins shall find you out

And as we made our way back home
I felt a shame I'd never known
Oh as we made our way back home
I felt a pain I knew would grow
And as we made our way back home
I felt a shame

I didn't have any time to move
I fell in love
As he murdered you

Although the lyrics are fairly straightforward, there are a few points worth touching on. The song tells the story of a boy Lajoie going with his brother to a friend's house. Once there they began to watch Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (hence the title of the song). The movie scene he describes is that of Tina and Eddie sneaking away to have sex in the woods. Looking back, Lajoie remembers how the actress playing Tina (Debi Sue Voorhees - it's a total conicidence, but yes, this is her real name) was much older than him. As time has passed, the character of Tina has remained ageless, while Lajoie has surpassed her into adulthood. As the couple begins to fool around, the young Lajoie is "disgusted yet oddly excited" getting his first look into sexuality. This is an experience many of us can relate to, especially when our first glimpse into adulthood comes from a horror movie.

The next verses that describe the actual murders matter the least to me. Sure, the gore in slasher films is certainly entertaining but I found more resonance with his description of everyone yelling at the screen trying to save Eddie. This is a common occurence when watching horror movies and most fans have done it at least once in their life. One thing I found amusing was Lajoie's spoken word "it was Jason" that can be heard faintly in the background right before the chorus. It was actually NOT Jason in Part V, but instead local ambulance driver Roy Burns. The final lines are my favorite as they can be interpreted in two ways. Taken literally, Lajoie is saying he fell in love with the actress that played Tina, due to the fact that she became his first crush. However, I think the deeper meaning is that he fell in love with the horror genre, particularly Friday the 13th.

The music video for "A New Beginning" is the icing on the cake. It does an amazing job of generating a sense of nostalgia. I love all of the little details that are a throwback to the 1980s and early 1990s, from the original Nintendo to the Macho Man Randy Savage action figure. The reenactment of the scene from Friday Part V is very well done and was immedietly recognizable. The portrayal of "Jason" is also amusing, especially as he chases the young Lajoie first within the film and then in real life. Frightened, he runs home, jumps in his bed, and pulls up the covers. This stops Jason from delivering the killing blow, yet he remains beside the bed. This scene, along with the the line "I fell in love as he murdered you" implies the impact that Friday had on Lajoie will never fade.

While Wolfie's Just Fine might not be everyone's cup of tea musically, one can at least appreciate the level of dedication Jon Lajoie has for Friday the 13th.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.

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