10 songs for snotty teenagers.

Teenagersfromspace_1Teenagers eh? Weird aliens from another planet. They’re all skinned tighter than a drum, but still reserve enough slack to look long in the face.

Obviously, teens think they invented everything. Punk, having a good time, getting in trouble, groping behind couches…

…we know that they didn’t.

Let’s hear it for the tunes to soundtrack any discerning teen.

1. ‘Search and Destroy’ by The Stooges. Surely Iggy and Ron can’t be topped in this paean to teenage destruction? "I’m the world’s forgotten booooy…." pretty much hits the nail on the head for any ‘misunderstood’ teenager sulking his bedroom with his stereo far too loud.

2. ‘Wouldn’t it be Nice’ by The Beach Boys. Ok, Brian symphony might be a bit on the positive side, but the sentiment’s there. "…you know the more it seems we talk about it, it only makes it worse to live without it..." He aint talking about sleeping over at someone’s house y’know…

3. ‘Pictures of Lily’ by The Who. A song about entertaining yourself when your alone. Enough said.

4. ‘I Can’t Seem to Make you Mine’ by The Seeds. Sky Saxon howls and hollers ‘cuz he can’t get the girl. All those butterflies that excited him have left him and turned into erupting acne and frustration.

5. ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs. The Troggs were a bunch of uncool geeks. No question. However, if anyone summed up a teenage crush, then Reg & Co nailed it. The uncertainty of teen lust ("Wild thing, I think I love yer… but I wanna know for sure…") is there for all to see.

6. ‘Boredom’ by the Lovin’ Spoonful. Not all bored songs are angry young people wrecking stuff. ‘Boredom’ captures perfectly, that feeling when you’re bouncing off your bedroom walls, waiting for something to happen… whilst all your mates are revising probably.

7. ‘Personality Crisis’ by the New York Dolls. Are you a boy? Man? Something inbetween? Are you sure of anything anymore? "Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah… no no no no no no no!"

8. ‘I Wanna be your Boyfriend’ by The Ramones. In fairness The Ramones entire back catalogue would probably do, but this is the killer that pinpoints that awkward stage when your words don’t come out cool, and all you can do is coyly say "Hey little girl, I wanna be your boyfriend…" and hope for the best.

9. ‘Pretty Vacant’ by The Sex Pistols. Of course, anyone worth their salt grows out of the Pistols, but at 15, they say everything needed to be said… at high volume.

10. U.G.L.Y by Daphne & Celeste. ‘Cuz kids are cruel and quite often horrifically stupid.

[Mof Gimmers]


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