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Confessions of a Former Dashboard Confessional Fan

Many pop/rock bands from my youth are reemerging. Weezer, Brand New, Blink 182, mewithoutYou and Jimmy Eat World have all embarked on album reunion tours (Jimmy Eat World just announced one for FUTURES, which is pretty great). For me, this year marks the tenth anniversary of something even more nostalgic and silly, that is, my high school graduation.

I think about where I was ten years ago and who I was listening to. Oddly enough, it is a lot of the same music I listen to today. Adding to the list up top we have Death Cab for Cutie, Beck, Denison Witmer, Lovedrug, Ben Folds…

I’m okay with still liking all these bands. Their music is sustaining, and I’m proud to say that they helped shape my younger ears.

But there’s other bands from my past, that when they pop up, I’m not so okay with. What I’m getting at is that sometimes certain music reminds me how creepy I was in high school.

The Bands You Have Come to Fear the Most

Remember Dashboard Confessional? That emo acoustic-rock band lead by Chris Carrabba out of Further Seems Forever? I’m asking but, really, I know you do. Odds are if you are around my age and listened to indie/emo you probably owned two or three of his EPs; the MTV Unplugged DVD/CD combo; you wore the D/C pins on your denim jacket; and you shouted his lyrics like hell, in angst, when relationships broke (and really, even when you were happy).

Yeah. That Dashboard Confessional.

What was it about this band that was so gripping? I mean sure, he sang about falling in love and break-ups and getting cheated on, which captured the essence of dating in high-school, but there was something else. Something that just connected.

Maybe it was the time. One of those rare things, you know? A perfect storm, fueled by emotion-hungry MTV rebels who were looking for a genuineness than rock radio couldn’t provide. And Chris Carrabba sang from the heart. He was always truthful on stage, and I think that’s what we loved. He was the genuine, earnest article. He was the folk-voice of my high school generation, and, to be honest, it’s totally embarrassing.

But before I get ahead of myself, here’s a quick recap for those who honestly don’t know about Dashboard Confessional.

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1. Cheated on by his wife, he poured his heart out on some angsty acoutsic EPs

2. Those EPs made him super popular. Then he made more of the same

3. He eventually pulled a ’65 Dylan and went electric, earning a couple big MTV hits.

I was a REALLY big fan of Dashboard. The extent of my obsession was a bit much. You can tell I was a big fan because I drop the band’s last name when I refer to them. We were that close. Like Chris, I now need to confess. I need to brush embarrassing memories off my chest, so I can finally move forward, like an adult.

(To the tune of Buzzfeed)

Vindicated?

1. I had a questionably handsome poster on my bedroom wall of Chris on the cover of SPIN

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2. I used my friend’s dad’s eBay account to consistently bid on Dashboard merch. mlRflFAMpCcNczhbPF_fKhg

3. I would judge new friends by what their favorite Dashboard EP was. 

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4. What I looked forward to most in Spiderman 2 was Dashboard’s exit music. 

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5. When Dusk and Summer came out, I would press rewind for ten minutes to listen to the hidden songs at the beginning. 

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6. Yesterday, my friend David found the Dashboard Confessional Honda Civic car from the 2004 Honda Civic Tour we attended (the year I graduated!). We talked about it for an hour, and then I binged on Dashboard all day. 

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So I guess I’m still a fan?

I have to admit, I’ve been digging Chris’ new band, Twin Forks. Give them a listen. They’re totally trendy, and they probably won’t be around for more than a year, but it’s a bit more palpable for someone not interested in listening to Chris crying all over the microphone, but is still interested in hearing his catchy hooks and fun, swooning lyrics.

What bands do you regret obsessing over from your high school years?

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4 comments

  1. Ha! I’m only 4 years out of high school (just graduated college, whoop!), and am shamelessly a fan of Dashboard Confessional. I think that is partly attributed to having all older siblings, specifically a sister who was in love with them. I now sing to my dog when he is shedding “Your hair is EVERYWHEEREEE!” (; I do regret that I was ever a fan of Evenesence, though.

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