Ever play Tony Hawk's Pro Skater? The original? Even just the demo? Then I probably don't have to say any more about this song. For the rest of you, just listen. Shhhh. Do you hear that? It's the 90s.
I've been on something of a ska kick this weekend, and The Suicide Machines classic "New Girl" off the 1996 album Destruction By Definition is just the best. Like plenty of people, I was introduced to the song, and the album, and the genre, by Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, specifically the warehouse level—the only level available in the demo—where this song always played.
Structured around the tried-and-true theme of giving your ex the finger, "New Girl" clocks in at a perfect two minutes of raw energy, with just enough screaming to really speak to your inner teenager that really wishes he could so much as stand on a skateboard without looking like an idiot. And if you feel like jumping down the rabbit hole of skateboarding video game soundtracks (a fantastic use of your time, I might add), there are Spotify playlists for that. And for all you who didn't play THPS, I'm sorry. [Spotify, Amazon, iTunes]