All you needed to be a verified teenager in 2008 was a shit mix, a Tumblr account, the Skins boxset, and a good taste in indie music. Thanks to the plethora of bands emerging from the UK at that time, the latter was much easier than skimming alcohol from your parents’ cabinet or trying to emulate Effy. We couldn’t possibly compile a list of all the great songs that were dominating your iPods ten years ago, but we’ve narrowed it down to the essential three that’ll have you reminiscing about house parties and heartbreak.
Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance
As if us naughties teens weren’t spoilt for choice with the UK’s offering of indie rock, we were getting our fill from Florida too. Jacksonville bunch Black Kids permeated the Brit-pop scene with their lamenting indie, causing teenagers up and down the country to wail “It’s Friday night and I ain’t got nobody/ What’s the use of making a bed?”
Foals – Balloons
Originators of the math-rock genre, Foals ushered in a sound so eponymous that no band dare attempt it after their debut ‘Antidotes’. Noodly guitars, gameboy-esque electronics and–of course– Yannis Phillipakis’ nihilistic ruminations; there really was no-else like the Oxford lot on our radars.
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
If there was ever proof that all you needed to create an earworm for the young generation was the occasional ‘EY EY EY’, it’s ‘A-Punk’ by Vampire Weekend. With Ezra Koenig’s charming yet unintelligible rhymes and the band’s breakneck-speed jingles, it’s a wonder how the song became a mainstay in our iPods. Did we love it anyway? Hell yes.