"Teenage Angst" as written by and Molko/olsdal/schultzberg....
Shine the headlight
Straight into my eyes
Like the roadkill
I'm paralyzed
You see through my disguise

At the drive in
Double feature
Pull the lever
Break the fever
And say your last goodbyes

Since I was born I started to decay
Now nothing ever ever goes my way

One fluid gesture
Like stepping back in time
Trapped in amber
And still not satisfied

Airs and social graces
Elocution so divine
I'll stick to my needle
And my favorite waste of time
Both spineless and sublime

Since I was born I started to decay
Now nothing ever ever goes my way

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"Teenage Angst" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's about teenage angst but it's also a bit sarcastic, I think. "Since I was born I started to decay.
    Now nothing ever - ever goes my way." Sort of sums up the battle cry of angsty teens... like there's nothing to be cranky about so lets be cranky about the world not being fair (and we all know it never is lol) and dying eventually (because you know we all do and its nothing we can stop). I really like how tongue in cheek it all is.
    vraion April 22, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah, I agree with vrai and Strange Child. It's funny because a lot of people dismiss placebo as very angsty, but a lot of the time it's just ironic. Brian has also said that a had a sort of "second adolescence" in his twenties, so it's like he's laughing at the angst from the inside, rather than looking at it from the outside.
    Scandion April 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd have to agree with vrai, I mean if something has a title with as pretentious a word as 'angst' in it, its bound to be a bit sarky. There are plenty of songs that seem to very accurately capture the stereotypical psych of the teenager and seems to half agree and half laugh along. I love this song ^_^
    Strange_Childon November 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would imagine this line

    "I'll stick to my needle, and my favourite waste of time,
    both spineless and sublime."

    Is actually referring to the needle of a record player and his favourite waste of time is staying at home listening to music.

    Also its been written in such a way to also invoke images of drug taking. Therefore invoking images of lazing around in a daze listening to music.
    scu98rkron September 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously this song's general theme is "teenage angst", hence the title. To me this song means a hell of alot, this song gives me flashbacks of my early teen angst years.

    But anyway, where Brian is saying
    "You see through my disguise"
    He's saying how people see through you when you try to be pretentious and be something your not.

    This is just my opinion but the "Shine the headlight" and "roadkill" lines before he might be relating it to some old boy racers pretending to be more of themselves.

    "Since I was born I started to decay.
    Now nothing ever ever goes my way "
    - This is self-explanatory, obviously he would be fed up when everything crashes down..

    This is just my personal interpretation but in the line "I'll stick to my needle and my favourite waste of time" even though it's about a drug addiction I think it could be about looking for someone you love that has mysteriously dissapeared off the face of the earth, and trying to find them is a waste of time like they are a needle stuck in the haystack. It's spineless to look for ages and sublime when you've got the result.
    Achilles_Libertineon March 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard a piano version of this song and it was so beautiful! I would love to find it but I have had no luck. If anyone knows where I can buy or download it can you please email me at marama72@hotmail.com Thanks
    darkeyeson August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe piano version kicks ass, it's wicked pretty. I've only seen it in the music video, though.
    scawton August 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe piano version is available as a b-side on the cd single of 'the bitter end'
    aztayloron March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me cry
    your_name_hereon June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreeing> tongue in cheek...
    but also

    Shine the headlight, straight into my eyes.
    Like the roadkill, I'm paralysed.

    I was thinking this could be the oncoming lights of adulthood.
    Deadcjunkieon December 23, 2004   Link

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