Now Andreaa is back from her holiday in Turkey the old disagreements return. Davidd and Andreaa both want to pick their own songs for our Sunday Music feature and it is getting to be a deadlock. They both have such different tastes in music so this week I said you must pick something you both like or else forget it. After much deliberation they both agreed on a classic from 2000.
“Teenage Dirtbag” is a song by the rock band Wheatus. It was released in July 2000 as the lead single from their eponymous debut album. The song was written by guitarist and vocalist Brendan B. Brown and was inspired by a childhood experience of his.
In a 2012 interview with Tone Deaf, he said: “It came from the summer of 1984 on Long Island, when I was 10 years old. That summer in the woods behind my house, there was a Satanic, drug-induced ritual teen homicide that went down; and the kid who did it was called Ricky Kasso, and he was arrested wearing an AC/DC T-shirt. That made all the papers, and the television, obviously; and here I was, 10 years old, walking around with a case full of AC/DC and Iron Maiden and Metallica – and all the parents and the teachers and the cops thought I was some kind of Satan worshipper. So that’s the backdrop for that song.” Brown also added that the song’s sing-along chorus remains an act of defiance: “So when I sing: ‘I’m just a teenage dirtbag’, I’m effectively saying: ‘Yeah, fuck you if you don’t like it. Just because I like AC/DC doesn’t mean I’m a devil worshipper, and you’re an idiot.’ That’s where it comes from.”
In the same interview, regarding the possible reasons for its continued success, Brown recalled his father’s words: “Every teenager has to go through that ‘being an outsider’ thing, at least a little bit. So that story is still the same for people, even if it’s thirty years after I went through it.”
The music video for the song is based on the 2000 film Loser, which the song features in, and tells a different story from the film based on the song’s lyrics. Jason Biggs plays a nerdy character and Mena Suvari is the love interest who unexpectedly invites the protagonist to an Iron Maiden concert, and in the end scene they dance together on Prom Night.
In some cases, the beginning and the end of the video were deleted: The full version of the video begins with Jason falling asleep while doing his homework and ends with a large glitter ball falling from the ceiling and striking him on the head. He then wakes up, revealing his brief romance with Suvari to have been all a dream.
Don’t forget, if you have any music videos you would like us to feature in the future, drop us a line. We are always happy to listen to requests from others, we cannot promise to feature any but we will try our best to find the videos if we think others will enjoy.
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