Bands that Made You Cool in the 9th Grade and What They’re Up To: A Playlist

By Devon Chodzin ‘19

Warning: This article is partially devoted to my coming to terms with my middle/high school existence. Be prepared for a little emotion.
Full disclosure: My middle school years were turbulent, with friendships coming and going and new hormones introducing themselves every other day. I was gross and I looked the part. Even pre-9th grade me knew this, so when it came time to settle on an aesthetic, a clique, an identity: I did the last thing you’re supposed to do, and chose “hipster.”

The word, the concept, the identity reappeared on Meme-Touting Sites during middle school, and by 8th grade, I was turning the tides away from a weird gothic phase (ask about THAT if you dare) into some softer, more lighthearted pop-
rock-acoustic-ukulele jammers.

This is a playlist of those bands I needed to get familiar with before 9th grade rolled around so that I could walk the walk and talk the talk. As you’ll be able to tell from this playlist, I couldn’t.

Also, valid question: what are these bands up to now? We’ll find out!

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Playlist: Road Trippin’

by Maddie Farr ’18

I’m obsessed with the feelings of a road trip. I think there is something so freeing and also somehow lonely about driving for hours through the heart of nowhere, about never seeing a sidewalk, about empty gas stations and winding conversation. As the winter approaches we’ll burrow into Gambier, I’m sure, but for now this playlist can remind you what it’s like to be on the road.

1. Drivin’ on 9 – The Breeders

This is my favorite Breeders song, partly because it’s so different from everything else on Last Splash. I love the silence behind Kim Deal’s voice in the beginning — I feel like I should be holding my breath.

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