21 things you'll remember if you were a teenage greebo 1 year ago

21 things you'll remember if you were a teenage greebo

1. If the music wasn't heavy, you weren't interested

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2. Slipknot, Metallica, Muse, Avenged Sevenfold - that was real music

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3. Pop music was commercial trash. The very worst thing you could listen to was pop music

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4. You'd try to put your music on at parties, only to get shut down by your non-greebo mates

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In retrospect, heavy metal isn't the best music to dance to. Not that kind of dancing, anyway.

 

5. The whole purpose of life was to go to gigs

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6. And the whole purpose of gigs was to mosh

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7. Circle pits, walls of death - there was nothing better than throwing your sweaty body into other sweaty bodies

 

8. Long hair was an essential as a greebo


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Yes, I am ashamed to say that is me.

 

9. Your t-shirts were primarily black and covered in band logos

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Photo: @ooooo_sendai

 

10. Your jeans were baggy, never tight

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Photo: Chapendra

 

11. Your shorts were 3/4 length, never shortGettyImages-733028


Photo: George DeSota / Newsmakers

 

12. Your backpack and jackets were covered in patches and studs

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Photo: @ExecutiveOtaku

 

13. You never went anywhere without a chain hanging off your jeans

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Photo: @BSmithandCo

 

14. You were most definitely NOT an emo

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Photo: Diego DeNicola

 

15. Nor were you a goth - they're completely different

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Photo: Rama

If everyone's going to insist on dissing us for the way we dress, at least diss us properly.

 

16. Chavs were your sworn enemy

Photo: Chris Idle

They were the only ones who actually called you a greebo, really.

 


17. Reading/Leeds and Download were your version of Valhalla

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Photo: Kashk

 

18. Remember 2008 when Rage Against The Machine AND Metallica headlined R+L? Unbelievable

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Look at Biffy Clyro and Slipknot all the way down the lineup. Times have changed.

 

19. Being a greebo was all about non-conforming

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Photo: Jurek Durczak

Whilst looking exactly like a bunch of other greebos.


 

20. You almost certainly said "Fuck the system" without a trace of irony at least once

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Great song though, tbf.

 

21. But now you're old, you wear chinos and eat at Pret. You are the system

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Mmm, delicious system.

 

Feature: @QC_BandMerch / Rich Cooper