Teenage Sounds

Album: Picture Show (2012)
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Songfacts®:

  • Frontman Tyler Glenn described this song to CBS San Francisco as "bratty," adding that is, "basically a four minute rant of everything I'm tired of."
  • Glenn admitted in the same interview that he was apprehensive about the lyric: "I'm sick of always operating out of fear. I'm sick of being called a fag because I'm queer." He explained: "I thought of the line not in a sexual way but in fact that I've been called a fag since I was probably 11 years old for dressing different or listening to different music. For being me. I can only imagine how frightening it would be to be gay and be called that relentlessly."
  • Regarding the influences of the song, Glenn said, "It sounds like something that Iggy Pop and Billy Idol would do if they collaborated with Little Richard and Refused and blended in the Gang of Four." "I'm really happy that people saw that I meant it as more of an empowerment and less of a... it's not an attack or a misuse of the word," he concluded.

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