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FYA JAM: Back to (High) School

This month's mixtape is throwing it back to our teenage years!

FYA JAM: Back to (High) School

Since it's September, FYA JAM is heading back to school -- high school, that is! Because musically is the only way Jennie and I plan on reliving it. (Well, I don't know about Jennie, but I actually had a pretty good time in high school. Although: NO MORE PENCILS, NO MORE BOOKS.)

1.  "The Getaway" - Hilary Duff

Mandy W.:  I actually went to her concert for this album as a birthday present for my BFF. But I ended up enjoying it quite a bit, too -- despite being one of the oldest non-chaperone attendees at the age of 16.

2.  "Tipsy" - J-Kwon

Mandy W.:  When I was in Grade 10, I made a French short about burglars who get more than they bargained for. (Spoiler: they rob a homicidal granny.) This song was used in it.

3.  "Hollaback Girl" - Gwen Stefani

Mandy W.:  UGH, I know -- the peak of her Harajuku obsession. But it also made this Gilmore Girls moment possible, so. (Jump to 1:49.)

4.  "Bring Em Out" - T.I.

Mandy W.:  I'm never sure how I feel about him unleashing Iggy Azalea onto the world. But back in Grade 11, I volunteered for my school's basketball tourney, and this was one of the mainstays in the rotation, so I heard it A LOT. (No one was tech savvy enough to know how to hook up an iPod, so we were stuck with CD mixes.)

5.  "Pon de Replay" - Rihanna

Mandy W.:  This is so different from where she's at now. In the words of Sir Fatboy Slim, you've come a long way, baby

6.  "Crazy in Love" - Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z

Mandy W.:  Bey's first solo single! 

7.  "I Think I'm Paranoid" - Garbage

Mandy W.:  I got really into this song because of Gran Turismo 2. Which, I'm realizing, was actually before I was in high school. But knowing me, I probably waited for it to go on sale because cheeeeeap.

8.  "New Beginning" - Stir

Jennie:  The perkiest song about a dysfunctional relationship ever!

9.  "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - JET

Mandy W.:  I prefer "Cold Hard Bitch" from that album, but this was in all those inescapable iPod commericals.

10.  "Fat Lip" - Sum 41

Mandy W.:  One of the first* concerts I went to was Sum 41. It was also the first and last time I, a very short person, will ever willingly go in a mosh pit.

*The very first, I'm not bothering to even mention, because it's an obscure Canadian pop-rock duo.**

**Not Tegan and Sara, because 1) not obscure (they've performed at the frigging Oscars!); and 2) I would own that shit if I were cool enough to have seen T&S back then. Alas.

11.  "I Just Wanna Live" - Good Charlotte

Jennie:  I rock my law suit when I'm going to court!

Mandy W.:  Precisly why I chose this, Jennie! My friend (coincidentally, named Jen) and I LOVED that verse.


12.  "Limp" - Fiona Apple

Jennie:  Fiona Apple's Tidal was the second non-U2 album I bought, and listened to it obsessively. When the Pawn, where this song comes from, is another album I can sing along with, front to back. Fiona UNDERSTANDS.

13.  "Take Me Out" - Franz Ferdinand

Mandy W.:  I can't ever think of the Archduke without thinking of these guys. Not that I think about the Archduke a lot, but you know what I mean.

Jennie:  This will forever remind me of my first serious boyfriend, but more importantly, the drive my mom and I took up 101 after visiting him. We listened to this all the way back to her house. It involved the beach and a champagne picnic. I was not 21.

Mandy W.:  Scandal!

14.  "Sparks Are Gonna Fly" - Catherine Wheel

Jennie:  Rob Dickinson's voice is so. goddamn. sexy.

15.  "Best of You" - Foo Fighters

Mandy W.:  OF COURSE DAVE, y'all. It was the summer after Grade 11 that I first saw them in concert, and OH MY GOD -- "Best of You" is just killer. That concert also opened with "In Your Honor", one of the single greatest ways to get pumped up. I was none too pleased that my city's hockey rival used it during their pre-game that season. And that my team didn't do it first. 

16.  "Side" - Travis

Jennie:  A nice song about never being happy with what you have. Definitely not depressing.

17.  "Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - Green Day

Mandy W.:  American Idiot was EVERYWHERE.

Jennie:  Although I do like both of these songs, nimrod. was the album that I listened to in high school. I bought it, hoping that it would annoy my parents, but my mom liked it so much that she asked for a copy. UGH PARENTS.

18.  "Catch the Sun" - Doves

Jennie:  To this day, I still love mopey Brit rock.

19.  "Wash It Away" - Black Lab

Jennie:  This actually came out when I was in middle school, but it was a staple during my high school years.

20.  "Bag of Tricks" - Isle of Q

Jennie:  Leather black/silver girl/sunset eyes/long dark brown curls" basically summed up my high school aesthetic.

21.  "Yeah, Whatever" - Splender

Jennie:  I don't think, as a teenager, you're allowed to DISlike a song named "Yeah, Whatever."

22.  "Emotion Sickness" - Silverchair

Jennie:  My mom took me to Las Vegas to see Silverchair on their Neon Ballroom tour. This was when I decided she was cool. (I still have the top I wore, but we will never speak of the pipe jeans.) Now we gleefully watch Ben Gillies on The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

23.  "Temptation" - The Tea Party

Jennie:  Going straight to Canada for this dose of Dramatic Rock.

All this nostalgia has me thinking about how much (or how little) my taste in music has changed since high school. I'd say that it has and it hasn't; I listen to way more indie bands now (and there's just better exposure for indie bands nowadays), but I also still listen to a lot of songs from back then, as well as songs from that time that I discovered later. As for Jennie, "I listen to more poppy stuff without shame, although I still tend to go for angry and moody rock music." 

Not only have our tastes evolved, but so, too, have our music-listening devices! My weapon of choice was my green iPod Mini, while Jennie "had a discman in high school -- everyone else was getting fancier portable technology, but that wasn't in the cards for me for several more years. I also had a giant boombox, which I'm sure my dad regretted buying every second he was home with me." Oh, man -- remember the days when you had to wait for a song to come onto the radio just to tape them for yourself? AND WE WALKED FIVE MILES UPHILL BOTH WAYS TOO, KIDS.

We hope you enjoy our walk down memory lane! What did y'all jam to when you were teens? Share your tunes with us in the comments!

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.