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Self-Confidence and The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s with Irene Greene

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Written by Irene Greene

From a young age I had this burning in me, to be different or some other cheesy line. It was 2007, and I had just received an iPod Shuffle for Christmas. I was in middle school and we all know that most middle schoolers are not naturally equipped with abilities of acceptance. In fact, I was bullied on and off because I wore strange ensembles with belted T-shirts and awful straight-across bangs, and had the body of a full grown woman at 13.

On the way home from school I stopped by my local record store in Berwyn, PA to see what new music I could get my hands on. That’s when I saw a CD on sale called Fever to Tell. The band was The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the album cover was a messy amalgamation of the band members, with knives, snakes, and dripping blood. Needless to say, my teen-goth interest was peaked.

After I put it into my small pink stereo I listened to that album for a few weeks straight, and for the first time, I felt empowered by this sloppy, beautiful, female punk rock. The lyrics spoke to me so deeply, and the feelings of restriction and anger melted away. The worst thing about the teasing was how it made me feel powerless and uncomfortable in my body, but listening to Karen O scream “You look like shit” as I walked down the concrete hallways made me feel a little more free and removed from my reality. I thought, “So what if you think I’m ugly or awkward, because what you say is of no consequence to me. We’re all gonna burn in hell, one way or another.”

Check out Irene Greene’s new track “Platinum Baby” below!


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