It’s cool to be a geek, now.
Everyone will tell you how angsty their teen years were, how horrible their acne was, the ways in which they were crippled by their low self-esteem. No one would date them. Their parents didn’t get them, they didn’t have boobs (or did, in the case of the really unlucky boys). The teen years were hard for everyone.
(Which is bullshit, because it was only happening to me.)
In the mid-90’s, the band Wheatus released the song “Teenage Dirtbag”. I wasn’t a teenager anymore, but I got it. These guys made a really catchy song out of the pain that is years 12-18-ish.
But this? This just spits in the face of every teenager EVER.
Girls Aloud, I don’t know who you are. I can only assume you are the spawn of a soulless reality show. But what I do know is this: You took a song that managed to speak to my disaffected youth AND be danceable at the same time, and reduced it to a riot of chiseled abs and hair extensions. If you prom queens are Teenage Dirtbags, what in the hell does that make those of us who really were geeks, nerds, losers, etc.?
And I know that you, doing a cover of this song, is just wrong. Six shades of wrong.