So the other day I decided to make an early 00’s playlist of some of the Emo/ Pop-Punk songs I used to love as a teenager. During this time my tastes were a confused cocktail of a bit of all the following: Emo, Metal, New Metal, Rnb, Hip Hop (commercial stuff) and Pop- punk… (and a bit later Drum & Bass came into play).
While I had various album offerings from Nirvana, New Found Glory, Linkin Park, Blink 182, Papa Roach (DON’T YOU JUDGE ME!) etc. the following list of songs were mainly singles by bands I didn’t fully follow but would repeatedly watch the videos of for hours on end on MTV2, Kerrang and Scuzz (remember Scuzz?!?) Why I never bothered to get into them more is beyond me but it’s created kind of a cool little snapshot of time. Actually putting the playlist together made me SO emotional for some reason, I literally felt like I was on the verge of tears before I’d even listened to any of the songs. It was probably a combination of extreme nostalgia and the fact that I’m old now and get emotional at the drop of a hat.
Just to set the scene for you I was this kind of “grungey” kid in a friendship group of quite posh girls with designer handbags and heads full of highlights. I wore baggy jeans and oversized jumpers and had a nose ring (much to the horror of one of my friends who threatened never to speak to me again if I got it done…) and stood out somewhat when we were all in a group traipsing around High Street Kensington. I also was not the prettiest flower in the bunch. I was definitely not the one that all (or any) of the boys fancied and so I’d act extra sarcastic and moody to try and make up for it. Anyway blah blah I thought I’d share the playlist so here it is…
Finch- Letters To You
This is the one that started off the tearfulness. I don’t know why but even just thinking about the intro makes me emotional! EMO 4 LYFE! The video isn’t great but I just fucking love the song and I think I kind of wished that they (or someone) was singing it to me…
(See Also- What It Is to Burn)
Fave Lyric: I’m writing again these letters to you aren’t much, I know
But i’m not sleeping and you’re not here
THE THOUGHT STOPS MY HEART!!!!
Something Corporate- Punk Rock Princess
I basically imagined this song was about me. The lyrics totes spoke to my 15 year old self…
Fave Lyric: You can tell me why you just don’t fit in
AND HOW YOU’RE GONNA BE SOMETHING!!! (That was me. I didn’t fit in but I was gonna show those muthers dammit!)
The All American Rejects- Dirty Little Secret
I don’t really know why I like this song because it’s not as good as the others and also the song itself is kind of dickish but it’s super catchy and I think I liked the video.
Fave Lyric: None
The Donnas- Take It Off
The Donnas were just cool af and I wanted to be them. I wanted to look like them and be in a band like them and just be them for real. They were super refreshing and the video is great.
Fave Lyric: I’m on my second drink
But I’ve had a few before…
I’m tryin’ hard to think
And I think that I want you on the floor
OK Go- Get Over It
Just a good tune really innit?
Fave Lyric: None in particular
AFI- Girl’s Not Grey
I fucking LOVE this song. I love the guitar, I love the chorus I love the melody. LOVE! Also on iTunes I have the live version which is great because you can hear the crowd all singing along (and cheering at the start and finish) and it sounds just as good live. I watched this vid on TV constantly.
Fave Lyric: All of it!
Hot Hot Heat- Bandages
I really like the intro and also the guy’s voice and the way he says “bandages” and how it kinda sounds like Panda jizz…
Fave Lyric: I’ve been hoping your moping around the street again
I’ve been tripping from sipping the dripping dirty water tap
I’ve been poking a voodoo doll that you do not know I made
Jimmy Eat World- The Middle
This is another one that makes me want to weep! The lyrics and chorus are so good. I love the video too I think it’s really clever even though it’s so simple. Another one that really resonated with me…❤
Fave Lyric: ALL OF IT ALL OF IT ALL OF IT!
The Distillers- City Of Angels
Ok so Brody Dalle is like the coolest girl in the world obv. Plus she has the most amazing growly voice.
Fun Fact: My (shittily done) Skull & Crossbones wearing a bow tattoo was totally ripped off from her.
Fave Lyric: So here we are Los Angeles
No angels singing in your valley of unease
I watch the sun roll down the pacific
Over hookered sunset strip
Omg literally what the fuck. This song is NOT good but I loved the chorus and the video and I fancied the lead singer…
Fun Fact: P.O.D. stands for Payable On Demand and I’m pretty sure they were super religious.
Fave Lyric: None, they’re all pretty cringe.
Idlewild- You Held The World In Your Arms
Another tear jerker. Obsessed with the tune of the chorus and the strings(?) that come in towards the end ahhhh!!
Fave Lyric: When you’re secure, do you feel much safer?
When days never change and it’s three years later
It’s like your life, hasn’t changed and it’s three years late
How does it feel to be three years late
And watching your youth drift away?
Alien Ant Farm- Smooth Criminal
I mean it’s just a good cover isn’t it? Also I fancied the lead singer again…
Fave Lyric: Really?
The Offspring- Want You Bad
I was mildly obsessed with with Why Don’t You Get A Job a couple of yrs before this. I wanted to look like the girl at the end of this video so much, I was obsessed with having dark hair and blue eyes.
Fave Lyric: Get out of clothes time
Grow out those highlights
Come around now can’t you see (Anti cloned girls with highlights, yeah!)
The Ataris- The Boys Of Summer
I love the original of this song and this is SUCH a great cover I think. Also I wanted it to be about me…
Fave Lyric: I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy?
Remember how I made you scream
Now I don’t understand what happened to our love
But babe, when I get you back
I’m gonna show you what I’m made of
Hundred Reasons- Silver
I mean come on, this is a classic. Again I love everything about it. Couldn’t find the vid so here they are on TOTP(!!) but the singing isn’t great sadly…
(See Also- Falter)
Fave Lyric: fake plastic smiles to play games
please call my name ignore me and feel it
i thought that i had won gold
she said leave it i can’t leave this
Lit- My Own Worst Enemy
This is a classic sing-a-long song. Good chorus, love the intro. Decent video too, I want that leopard print bowling ball! Again, fancied the singer a bit…
Fave Lyric: None of them are that revolutionary but you gotta love PLEASE TELL ME WHHHYYYYYYYYYYYY