Top Five: Mopey Teen Playlist

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


cocteau-twins-250.jpgAfter watching and reviewing American Teen this week, and listening to Party Ben’s old, obscure cuts from the Cure, I got to thinking about how music enhanced many of my angry, sad, and mopey days as a teenager in the late ’80s/early ’90s.

At risk of completely dating/pigeonholing myself, here are a few choice cuts:

“Plainsong,” The Cure: I have no idea how a pudgy, pale-faced, crazy-haired English guy in high-tops helped make my blues go away, but somehow it worked.

“Head Like a Hole,” Nine Inch Nails: The lyrics “I’d rather die than give you control” seem really tough when you’ve got zits on your face and you’re pissed at your dad for making you mow the lawn.

“Never Let Me Down Again,” Depeche Mode: I couldn’t get enough of their moody, droopy keyboard loops and overly dramatic vocals. My tape player’s rewind button took some serious abuse as I listened to this little ditty over and over again.

“Perfect Kiss,” New Order: I’m actually not totally embarrassed about this one. New Order is still cool; although not as cool as Joy Division.

“Heaven or Las Vegas,” by the Cocteau Twins: I have no idea what the hell vocalist Elizabeth Fraser was singing about in this song or any Cocteau Twins song for that matter, but I was a total sucker for the band’s slinky, lush guitars and reverb.

Top Five: Mopey Teen Playlist

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

We Recommend

Latest