Today we are challenged by a formidable adversary: the unstoppable onslaught of information. From Ethics to Accounting, forcible redistribution of brain cells has left us forgetting our roots, forgetting what we once held so dear. Too many times we let the shallow, angsty, one-time hits of our adolescence get lost amongst the impertinent sophistication of “adulthood!”
Today, we return to our roots. We reclaim what was once ours. We take back those simple, addictive tunes that inspired our younger selves!
Faceoff is here to help you salvage those lost memories, to help rescue the dying valor of your youthful bliss, and to resurrect heroes cast aside by Beibers and Gagas!
Faceoff. Two men enter. One song prevails.
To begin the series, I would like to re-introduce you to Hellogoodbye’s “Here (In Your Arms).” Besides unnecessary parenthesis, this song provides a time-machine all the way back to the year 2006. Remember “Snakes on a Plane” and Gnarls Barkley, anyone?
When this song hit the charts, I was enduring the obstinate fifteenth year of my life. Too old for summer camps and sleep-overs, yet too boyish for wild high-school-shit-show-parties, Here’s simplistic melody offered me aural empathy for my adolescent nostalgia. Yet its references to driving, and its party-thumping rhythm, inspired excitement in becoming an elite, respected, car-driving adult.
There can be no better way to kick things off than with “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus, one of the great one-hit wonders of our times.
This song captured the imagination of every kid who pined for the attention of someone a little out of his/her league (everyone). And who doesn’t remember hearing this song and debating whether the singer was a man or a woman?
The year 2000 wasn’t just a time when Starbucks locations still outnumbered Subway restaurants. Oh no. It was a time when, in the end, the little guy could get those “two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby.”
Some of us might no longer be teenagers, but deep down we’ll always be dirtbags.
But really, the video says it all: