Dirty Chime (Thomas Clayton) is a Los Angeles based electronic-pop singer/songwriter/producer who just released a song titled “Fifty One Fifty.” The title of this song instantly caught attention and got us wondering, “What does the title mean?”
We learned that the song title actually refers to 5150, which is the California law code for the temporary, involuntary psychiatric commitment of individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to signs of mental illness. The term is usually applied to people who are considered threateningly unstable or “crazy.”
Didn’t see that coming huh? But that’s what we love so much about Dirty Chime. He writes lyrics from personal experiences and touches on sensitive subjects such as mental health.
With lyrics like, “She’s hearing voices / She’s seeing things that ain’t there / She up and down like the weather,” and “She don’t even know,” Dirty Chime expresses how someone he knows is acting a bit crazy lately. Although he sings things like, “She don’t wanna know,” we’re sure he wants to tell this person what he’s seeing so he can help in some way.
Some things can be hard to say to someone, but sometimes it needs to be said for their own safety and health. Maybe this song was his way of finally telling them.
If you love artists like DNCE, Blackbear, Jon Bellion, and Bryce Vine, you might love Dirty Chime.
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Listen to “Fifty One Fifty” by Dirty Chime on Spotify below: