Last April, after waiting almost a decade, I saw Paramore live for the first time. And even though I'm no longer 13 years old, stopped wearing eyeliner like Darth Vader, and now have a myriad of genres, artists and albums that I wish to never live without -- throughout the whole show I screamed, laughed, and cried and I bought every single shirt at their merch table. After a decade of music, it was the least I could do.
I vividly remember the first time I heard "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." I was at a summer Bible Camp (which I loathed with every fiber of my being), and this girl a few years older than me was wearing an Abercrombie shirt and Darth Vader eyeliner and thought she was so cool skipping over the curse words while she was singing. But I thought she was so cool at the time too, and suddenly, maybe going to Bible Camp was miraculously worth it.
For a lot of my early 2000s memories, it feels like We the Kings, Dashboard, Boys Like Girls, and Weezer were hanging out in the room with us as much as my friends were present. "Dear Maria, Count Me In" and "The Middle" still lifts me out of crappy moods. And I know these will all be on oldie stations someday too soon (my husband and I will be freaking out excited while our kids are trying playing their crappy music on their iPhone 20s), so I'm remaining loyal to the songs that where so loyal to me while I was just beginning to figure out who I was. And today, they bring me back to a time when life was simpler and I felt a little closer to being on top of the world. Silly, kids.
Look forward to different playlists in the future. But for now, it's time for ALL the early 2000s guilty pleasures. Some are pictured here (I swear it's not all Paramore), but all can be found here or on the playlist below.
This playlist doesn't have to be finalized. It has my favorites and some that aren't truly my jam but added for the full cultural context. There were some I had to leave off (bye, Avril, don't know how I was so obsessed with you) because I just can't stand them. ("Dirty Little Secret"? That's just low -- not All Time Low. At least use a vague metaphor or innuendo like the other guys to make it less blatant.) Comment suggestions if there are songs/artists you think need to be on there! It was our music then, and it's our music now.
Jam like it's 2006 this weekend. Xx
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