Why is The Pink Spiders’ Teenage Graffiti on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
Fun power pop with a little punk and glam influence thrown in – nothing wrong with that (and much that’s right).
What does The Pink Spiders’ Teenage Graffiti mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
Sometime you want a fun power pop sound that rocks, that’s upbeat, with great hooks, that zooms along and doesn’t make you think terribly hard. And that’s where The Pink Spiders lift up a cocktail from the other side of the bar, giving you that little cool nod that says, in essence, “I got you.”
And there’s just enough punk influence to give this song some oomph without in any way being threatening or harsh. This is territory that Blink-182 plied very well for a number of years, and The Pink Spiders do it while leaning a little more into the glam rock side of things. Nothing wrong with that at all.
I’m always ready to give credit, as an aside, to a music video that focuses mainly on the music and the performance by the artists. And the Spiders do so here while enhancing the mood and vibe of the song, so well done, fellas.
“Little Razorblade” is a rocker that emphasizes its nice vocal harmonies while showing off The Pink Spiders’ 1970s arena rock influences. I like to imagine that this little number absolutely rocks out live. Fun stuff.
There are songs on Teenage Graffiti that try to slow things down a little bit, but for my money its at its best when the tempo is revved up, as on “Easy Way Out.” And is that a hint of ska punk influenced that I can detect in there as well?
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There’s a really nice mix here of punk pop (think Blink-182), 2000s garage rock (think The White Stripes), and 1970s/1980s rock-based glam and new wave (think The Cars).
Some stats & info about The Pink Spiders – Teenage Graffiti
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock, Garage Rock, Alternative Rock, Power Pop, Glam Rock, Pop Punk
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 3.5 out of 5 stars
- When was Teenage Graffiti released? 2006
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #948 out of 1,000
The Pink Spiders’ Teenage Graffiti on Spotify
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