When you load up Spotify, a great big chunk of the time you can’t think what to play, right? You default back to your old favourites, those albums and songs you played on repeat when you first discovered you could make them yours.
This isn’t about guilty pleasures; it’s about those songs you’ll still be listening to when you’re old and in your rocking chair. So, enter Teenage Kicks - a playlist series that sees bands running through the music they listened to in their formative years.
Next up, Griffin Dickinson from SHVPES.
I remember picking up a bass when I was about eight years old & one of my dad’s mates taught me how to play 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (before I’d even heard the song). I went home that afternoon and played the opening riff for about four hours straight… Don’t think I ever learned the rest of the song… But I got a hi-fi system that Christmas and blasted this for years to come.
Every time I hear this, it just reminds me of summer days, getting driven home from school with my face buried in a pack of ice gems. Nostalgia central. It now forms the root notes of near enough every single melody I write.
I found LB on one of those ‘Now That’s What I Call Music' CDs I bought to my school disco. I’ve been listening to 'Chocolate Starfish' about three times a month ever since.
I bought the CD single for this as soon as I got my hi-fi system at about 11. This song was a hidden gem for me, and I remember it just giving me this feeling like I was the biggest badass on the planet haha. It’s so heavy, yet it wasn’t guitar music. It really pulled me into hip-hop music.
I used to get bullied at boarding school for liking metal. Slipknot posters would get ripped up; music would get turned off or drowned out by other kids blasting music etc. But everyone liked Christina. This was one of about three songs I had on my iPod I could play, haha.
My ambition from about 12-15 was to be in Jackass. We used to make skateboard videos & jump off houses into cardboard boxes, trolleys into hedges, tie sledges behind mopeds etc. This was always the song we put over the videos.
I remember finding this song at 13 years old, watching Kerrang TV, it was the first time I’d heard screaming like that. It opened up a whole other world of music to me.
This song just reminds me of having 12 different versions of the same song, all downloaded with different ‘bL33dXNG m4$sCaRa’ stuff from Limewire and trying to talk to girls on MSN. The golden era, haha.
I have thankfully passed this stage, but at one point, anything that wasn’t as heavy as this wasn’t worth listening to. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. How could you get so heavy? “Every other band is a pussy” was my mindset.
My brother introduced me to Exit Ten when I was about 16; it opened up the entire English scene to me. I was so firmly placed in American music before that. Exit Ten went on to introduce me to Viatrophy and Young Guns too. This is the band the first started pulling me to gigs and made me want to be a part of the culture.
I spent the latter half of my teenage years trying to nail the ‘smoke weed everyday’ timing in a park with my hoodlum friends… I don’t think we ever got it.
Toward the end of my teens, I was getting more and more into UK hip-hop, almost taking over from heavier music. Four Owls were one of the first groups that made me start writing some bars myself (all be it in the closet… They were shit). They were the closest MCs I’d heard to sounding like me!
Taken from the November issue of Upset. SHVPES' album 'Greater Than' is out now.
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