Pop Life

Today's High Schoolers Shrugging Off New Music

During this part of the year, your humble narrator treks from school to schools selling contest music to bands and orchestras. It's a good gig, and it enables us to get a good gander at what the next generation of musicians look like.

However, after several years of doing it, we started noticing a weird trend. The band T-shirts we see adorning the torsos of today's high schoolers are the same band T-shirts that were worn by yesterday's high schoolers.

When Rocks Off was kicking around Galena Park High School looking sad and worshipping Satan in the 90s, we sported shirts celebrating R.E.M., Marilyn Manson, Nirvana and Texas ska bands like Spies Like Us. This was the music of the time period, the new shit.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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