Everyone had an angsty-teen phase where it was cool to listen to pop-punk and ska music on a Sony Walkman before the school bus arrived.
No Doubt’s first album in eleven years, “Push and Shove,” debuted last week to mediocre reviews. Its main audience is now more than a decade years older, and has been exposed to the likes of Katy Perry, Lil’ Wayne and Justin Bieber.
With all the hype of “Push and Shove,” NYU Local can’t help but wonder – whatever happened to the rest of our favorite pop punk bands from our childhood?
It’s a pretty known fact that Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is off to rehab, but there has been plenty of weird stuff going on in the lives of like-minded artists, including Good Charlotte, Blink-182 and others.
Why we used to listen: Songs like “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and “The Anthem” were too irresistible to not want to dance. The lyrics (“And I don’t ever wanna/I don’t ever wanna be/You, don’t wanna be just like you/What I’m sayin’ is, this is the anthem/Throw all your hands up”) are dangerously catchy and simple enough for anybody to imitate.
Why we no longer listen: Well, lead vocalist and front man Joel Madden has lived out his 16-year-old dreams of becoming rich and famous – he’s married to Nicole Richie and lives a fairly publicized life. His twin brother Benji, on the other hand, formerly dated Paris Hilton and Playboy bunny Holly Madison. Benji is also an avid collector of creepy Living Dead Dolls, and has a tattoo of Ben Franklin covering his entire back. If that’s not enough to want to stop listening to Good Charlotte beyond the time puberty was hitting, then remember that they’re now 33 years old.
Why we used to listen: Because “Ocean Avenue” was the epitome of the pop-punk era during our angsty teenager stage.
Why we no longer listen: If only we were still “Sleeping all day, staying up all night” because of partying, like Yellowcard’s 16-year-old selves back in 2003. Now, nine years later, we’re pulling all-nighters and sleeping in class, so the lyrics are still somewhat relevant, but in a different context. In fact, the bassist left in 2012 to spend time with his family (everybody is growing up!). And according to unreliable sources like Wikipedia, former lead guitarist Ben Harper (not to be confused with acoustic folk-rock soloist Ben Harper) allegedly co-owns a marijuana clinic in Big Bear, California. Sounds like these dudes are chilling all day, eating snacks all night.
Why we used to listen: The lyrics explain how young teenagers feel during the emo/angst stage of puberty. Songs like “I’m Just A Kid,” “Welcome To My Life” and “Worst Day Ever” perfectly encapsulate those days where kids would get home from middle and high school, update their Myspace profiles with selfies or “Myspace angles,” and think their lives suck.
Why we no longer listen: Living in New York can pose a fair argument as to why we no longer feel as depressing as Simple Plan’s lyrics, but puberty is probably the main reason. Pierre Bouvier founded Simple Plan at the tender age of 13. He’s now 33, and actually performed with the band in 2011, which is still pretty creepy.
Why we used to listen: Oh, man. Blink-182 helped transition 90s punk rock music to the 2000s. “All The Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again” are a little older than Simple Plan or the other bands aforementioned. Blink-182 was what older siblings listened to, which automatically made the band even cooler.
Why we no longer listen: Although some songs are still ultimate party jams (let’s be real, most of Blink’s songs are still party jams), listening to Blink-182’s other music is pretty depressing and/or nostalgic. They released their first album in 1993 – that’s a few years after our generation was born. Yet, they just released their sixth album in 2011, even though these men are literally 40 years old already. From the flop of his 2005 reality show “Meet the Barkers,” to his brief collaboration with the late DJ AM, Travis Barker is still awesome. He reportedly went vegan, however, which is a slightly odd change from his badass drummer image. Blink-182 bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus now hosts a music show on Fuse TV, in which his 40-year-old self still spikes his hair, and frequently dyes his hair blue and bleach blond. Some people will truly be young forever.
In the midst of these midterms, don’t forget to take a break and perhaps even rock out, skank or mosh to your former favorite bands. Let the late 90s/early 2000s nostalgia commence! Tell us your favorite acts (ahem, Sum 41) in the comment section below!