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sparky / November 6, 2006 8:47 AM

"one in ten"

808 state

some pizza place / November 6, 2006 9:03 AM

"I love to hate you"

Erasure

michelle / November 6, 2006 9:05 AM

"Your Wildest Dreams"
the Moody Blues.

ken / November 6, 2006 9:16 AM

"Wasted Years"

Iron Maiden

Jess / November 6, 2006 9:20 AM

"Wasteland"
-Augustana
or
"Teenage Wasteland
-The Who

Jake / November 6, 2006 9:21 AM

"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by the Smiths (and the rest of the Pretty in Pink soundtrack).

pat / November 6, 2006 9:24 AM

that's easy...

The Blur's "There's no other way" from their Liesure album. It was the official song of the summer of '92.

runner up - The Charlatan UK's "Wierdo".

Marilyn / November 6, 2006 9:27 AM

"Explain It to Me"

Liz Phair

Andrew / November 6, 2006 9:28 AM

Jake: an instrumental cover of "Please Please Please..." was also in Ferris Buehler's Day Off, in the Art Institute scene.


Mine would be "American Music," by Violient Femmes.

FVK Member / November 6, 2006 9:31 AM

TEEN LOVE by NO TREND

Allan / November 6, 2006 9:32 AM

"She Bop"

Cyndi Lauper

during the opening credits which would run over a montage of me getting dressed for school.

"Man in the Mirror"

Michael Jackson

This would be real lead track with all the emotional impact. Especially during the scene where I lean backwards into my locker and slowly slump down to the floor blubbering into my french homework. As I peer over the stained papers I see my reflection in a puddle of my own tears, the shot hold for a few seconds, I slowly smile. Somewhere in the distantance a school bell rings.

amyc / November 6, 2006 9:44 AM

The Burning Sensations' cover of "Pablo Picasso" from the Repo Man soundtrack. Or probably anything from the Repo Man soundtrack. My friends and I watched that movie about 900,000 times, then drove around the suburbs with the tape in constant rotation in my friend's beat-up 1964 Corvair. We imagined ourselved to be white suburban punks, gettin' sushi and not payin'. But we were really just honor-roll dorks with dumb haircuts and very few friends. Good times.

shermann / November 6, 2006 10:05 AM

"Wouldn't it be good" -
Nik Kirshaw

Favourite shirt -
Haircut 100

To live and die in L.A. - Wang Chung

"Never as good as the first time" - Sade w/ Howard Jones

good times remembered.

Graham / November 6, 2006 10:11 AM

"Dail-A-Freak" by Egyptian Lover

No. Wrong. Not that. Probably "Public Image" by Public Image Ltd.

Bill V / November 6, 2006 10:33 AM

Since I was at the Naked Raygun show on Saturday I'll stick with that band and their song "I Don't Know".

Tyler / November 6, 2006 10:38 AM

"Ghost World" by Aimee Mann.

Brandy / November 6, 2006 10:49 AM

Sing Your Life - Morrissey

I wasn't particularily melancholy, but I loved that song while I was in HS, and now, and the tone and message is right.

If you must know, I was totally Rushmore's Max Fisher in high school. So that soundtrack is pretty fitting too.

Josh / November 6, 2006 10:56 AM

The Church - "Reptile"

Biking through Edgewater at night. Stoned on weed with the leaves sounding like weak applause.

Oh, the memories that song brings to me.

daruma / November 6, 2006 11:11 AM

Great Question!!
"Church of the Poison Mind" -Culture Club or
"Bizarre Love Triangle" - New Order

Cherry Ride / November 6, 2006 11:19 AM

"Disappointed" by Morrissey. Sums it up quite nicely.

paul / November 6, 2006 11:28 AM

Damn, this is gonna date me.

I can't think of any song's theme from that era that mirrors my own experience, except for 'All Those Years Ago', by George Harrison.

Songs like Abracadabra by Steve Miller, Arthur's Theme by Christopher Cross and De Do Do Do, De Da Da by the Police seem to be play in my head though when I try to think back about H.S.

fluffy / November 6, 2006 11:38 AM

The Smith's - "I know it's Over" from The Queen is Dead.
Bauhaus- Any song.
Husker Du- the girl who lives on Heaven Hill

High School was a miserable experience, except for for some of the classes. I was in advanced courses, but not even the geeks would accept me into their group. It's all a blur now.

charlie d / November 6, 2006 11:47 AM

He already made it.

printdude / November 6, 2006 12:01 PM

"For Those About to Rock" - AC/DC
Followed by Ghost in you Psychedlic Furs....

I like that Allen put She-Bop, but I swear I thought he was gonna write "Turnin' Japanese". Same thing, really.

d. / November 6, 2006 12:22 PM

"I Whooped Batman's Ass" by Wesley Willis (RIP, Wesley. RIP.)

mike / November 6, 2006 12:50 PM

"My Ding-a-Ling" by Chuck Berry

bill / November 6, 2006 1:05 PM

I'm dating myself - but "Keep 'em Seperated" by Offspring.

ABF / November 6, 2006 1:45 PM

I'm surprised no one has claimed this already.

"Teenage Riot" Sonic Youth

Sarcastic and raw, just like high school. So perfect.

go indians / November 6, 2006 1:51 PM

Eminence Front by the who,

opening scene: three teenage girls wearing puffy coats, smoking virginia slims and drinking bottles of diet dr. pepper on their way to school, past snow covered fields. Someone rolling a joint in the back seat.

Lody / November 6, 2006 2:36 PM

Friends in low places

Garth Brooks

(hey, i went to a small town school)

JasonB / November 6, 2006 2:45 PM

"I Want your Sex", immediately followed by "Beat it".

Eddy / November 6, 2006 3:32 PM

"Everybody wants to rule the word," by Tears for Fears.

Maybe "Dancing with myself," by Billy Idol as well....

wackpuma / November 6, 2006 3:52 PM

The sweater song
-Weezer

Thurston / November 6, 2006 4:35 PM

"Chinatown" by Luna for its nostalgic feel with a dash of melancholy, or "Mind" by the Talking Heads for its lyrics' suggestion of youthful stubbornness.

karen / November 6, 2006 4:35 PM

machinehead by bush. my friend matt & i spent almost every night of the week trying to perfect a cover of this song, he on guitar, me on the drums. awesome.

Mikey / November 6, 2006 5:25 PM

If You Leave - OMD
...for first loves, first heartbreaks and trying to get laid for the first time...

or...

Ride the Lightning - Metallica
...for all those times we spent smokin' pot in my buddy's car when we were supposed to be at work, church, etc.

kate / November 6, 2006 5:42 PM

Luscious Jackson's "Naked Eye"

...or anything else off Fever In Fever Out

joshua / November 6, 2006 6:51 PM

you don't know how it feels - tom petty

Leelah / November 6, 2006 7:53 PM

Depeche Mode or the Smiths?
Hmmm.
I think it would be easier if I picked out the songs for the entire soundtrack than just one track...

Great question!

Cinnamon / November 6, 2006 11:48 PM

"18 and Life" by Skid Row

Followed by

"Fight the Power" Public Enemy

Steve / November 7, 2006 12:48 AM

"Panic" by The Smiths, because back then I rather foolishly thought dance music was just for fools.

Then a year after I graduated from high school The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays opened mine eyes....

Brian / November 7, 2006 6:52 AM

“Kiss Off” by Violent Femmes

Yep. Perfect.

miss casual / November 7, 2006 9:05 AM

the cult - real girl

beastie boys - so watch'a want

g'n'r - i used to love her but i had to kill her

anything by rancid

Brittany / November 7, 2006 9:26 AM

"If You Want" by Tom Vek

(is apathy my calling card?)

j / November 7, 2006 9:55 AM

"I touch myself"

Bill / November 7, 2006 10:34 AM

i would have to say 'psycho killer' by the talking heads.

not because of all of those people i murdered, but because the lyrics nicely encapsulate the anxiety ridden mess who could barely speak to a pretty girl that i was.

"run run run run, run run run awaaaaaaaaaay...."

bryan / November 7, 2006 10:36 AM

"girlfriend" by matthew sweet

eep / November 7, 2006 10:42 AM

"Live Forever" by Oasis.

Your Mom / November 7, 2006 10:50 AM

"Dirty Work" by Steely Dan

jeff / November 7, 2006 11:00 AM

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths


Gapersblockers, for the most part, were a bunch of mopes in high school.

amf / November 7, 2006 11:22 AM

Head like a hole - Nine Inch Nails. My best friend and I would put it on everytime we were in the car. Made us feel very above it all. Like, "take that authority figures!" oh, those teen years.

Emerson Dameron / November 7, 2006 12:38 PM

"Hits From The Bong" by Cypress Hill. It's hard to be much of a rebel when you're always paranoid.

jpt / November 7, 2006 12:50 PM

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" -Nirvana
( All the kids said I liked "weird" music, ha Dave Grohl rules!)

Todd / November 7, 2006 3:32 PM

oooooh, mine would be "The Chauffeur" by Duran Duran

anne / November 7, 2006 3:58 PM

"Freak Magnet" by Tuscadero

mike / November 7, 2006 9:07 PM

Kill All the White Men by NOFX.

Sue / December 1, 2006 2:47 PM

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"

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