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Music from when I was a teenage dirtbag

I appear to be appreciating the music of my teens quite a lot at the moment. I’m blaming the drive to and from Empire last weekend. The CD I pulled out of the glove-box to listen to was CD3 of Now That’s What I Call Running 2014 (which I may have to get a copy of). The reason I picked that one (other than it being one of the only non-folk CDs in the collection) was that it had quite a bit of nostalgia on it for me.

The drives to and from Spernall were augmented by songs I’d last really heard in the early noughties when I was a teenager – guilty pleasures and open alike – as well as tracks from the eighties. A selection of the “best” tracks are below:

  • Britney Spears – Toxic
  • Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
  • Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi
  • Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
  • Elvis Presley vs. JXL – A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix)
  • Blink 182 – All the Small Things
  • Sum 41 – In Too Deep
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Soft Cell – Tainted love
  • Blondie – Call Me
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
  • The Knack – My Sharona
  • Snap – The Power

This, amongst other things, has inspired me to listen predominantly to tracks from my teen years this week. I’ve listened to a lot of Avril Lavigne, which has led into listening to a lot of Pink. Thinking Sum 41 may have to be on the list somewhere.

What’s actually surprised me is the number of these groups who are still performing and putting out music today. I stopped paying any attention to them after I went to university, and they’ve continued to write and produce. I like a lot of Avril’s new stuff, and I want to see how Sum 41 was evolved in the last decade (I own their first three CDs, one in two different versions[1] so knowing whether they’re still someone I’d like to listen to would be interesting.

I’m already thinking I might need to buy Avril’s latest album just based on the main singles from it. Something to consider when I have more money.

So that’s what I’ve been listening to recently. Have any suggestions for other things I might enjoy?

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. All Killer, No Filler. I have both the UK and US versions because one had a bonus song

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