Middle school is best defined in one word: angst. Everything makes you angry, it’s you against the world, and the only thing that “gets you” is music. I had my share of boyfriends in middle school, and along with that comes a lot of teenage heartbreak.
Music has always been an integral part of my life and middle school was where I found my first real attachment to it. Angry 90’s grunge (I reeked of teen spirit) and pop-rock of the 90’s and 00’s were the only things that made any sense in the dark, crazy world that society forces us to conform to. (I’m pretty sure I worked this into every sort of free-response outlet I was presented with. My teachers probably thought I was crazy.)
When it came to break-ups, Boxcar Racer’s self-titled debut album was my loud, angry escape. The first track “I Feel So” was one I would even loop about 3 or 4 times before listening to the rest of the album. Just the chorus emulated all of my emotions perfectly and the abrasive guitar riffs completed the mood; the entire album followed suit.
I would come home from school, slam the door to my bedroom, and blast my stereo until my parents came home, when I would just plug my headphones in and cry, cry, cry. This would last for days.
My boyfriend and I were shamelessly playing “Middle School Mix Tape Tag” and listened to all of the terrible jams that we used to live by and this album was a header for both of us, and I still consider it to be very good music, but I’m also a huge Blink-182 fan. All of this got me to thinking that everyone likely has a go-to break-up album, or at least had one at one point in time.
I’m curious; what is your favorite break-up album or your favorite angsty music that got you through tough or “tough” times back when the entire world was your enemy?