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25 Things '00s Indie Kids Will Just Get

"I take my shoes off / And I throw them in the lake." *literally throws shoes across dancefloor*

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2. As was keeping every ticket stub and wristband you ever got.

Keeping every ticket stub & band from every gig or festival I ever went to AND STILL HAVING THEM NOW #indieamnesty

4. Obviously the first best thing was getting guestlist.

Blagged guestlist at Patrick Wolf by handing out Lightspeed Champion's zines. #indieamnesty


6. You spent a lot of time on MySpace.

Twitter: @_ESEKnowsBest

Your profile song was either "Helicopter" by Bloc Party or "Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service. At some point everyone else started moving to Facebook, but you couldn't quite bear to make the transition.

8. Storming off the dance floor when a song you didn't like came on was perfectly acceptable.

Actually, fave indie time was when @tomlamont stormed out a pub and didn't come back when I said I liked a Kaiser Chiefs song #indieamnesty


9. Sometimes you'd bring out specific dance moves to demonstrate how well you knew your favourite songs.

I once lobbed my Converses across a dancefloor during the "take my shoes off / & throw them in the lake" bit of Hounds Of Love #indieamnesty

10. You had weird rules based on bands you liked or disliked.

A totally hypothetical example: Never using the phrase "cash machine" because that's also the name of a Hard-Fi song, and Hard-Fi are terrible.

11. When a band split up, you tried not to take sides.

saw both the dirty pretty things and babyshambles live bc i didn't want carl and pete to think i was choosing between them #indieamnesty

12. You had (and still occasionally bring out) a slightly rubbish anecdote about meeting someone in a band.

.@radio__caroline confessing her darkest indie sins #indieamnesty


13. You made some interesting fashion choices.

Including, but not limited to: unnecessary belts, obscure band t-shirts, cardigans with everything, and tights with weird patterns.

14. Your had at least four festival wristbands on at any one time.

I kept on every festival band I got in the early 00s for way too long! šŸ™ˆ #indieamnesty

15. But would 100% never wear a band t-shirt to a gig where that band were playing.

I actually bought and wore this t-shirt from a shop in Affleck's Palace in about 2009/10 #indieamnesty

Unless they were only the support, or it was a very early t-shirt that would mark you out as a true fan.


18. You owned a lot of vinyl, even though MP3s and iPods were already a thing.

I bought a cassette on vinyl. #RSD #C86 #indieamnesty @TheWolfhounds @weddingpresent @NME @CherryRedGroup

19. A large part of your time was spent squished into record stores listening to bands play a three song set and then queueing to get their album signed.

Once met @iLiKETRAiNS at an instore. They complimented me on the Forward Russia 10" I bought. Was far too starstruck to reply. #indieamnesty


21. At least once, you skipped school/uni/work to go to a gig and you still don't regret it to this day.

I skipped an A-Level Biology practical exam to get a coach to London for Les IncompƩtents last gig at 100 Club #indieamnesty

22. You started a fanzine, or at least contemplated it.

Writing a Bluetones fanzine ... And here's the master copy of issue 1 #indieamnesty

23. You became convinced that this one band was going to be the Next Big Thing and bought five copies of their debut EP.

Instagram: @hanabizzle

(You still own all five copies, and they're collectively worth 50p, if that.)

24. And now when you listen back, a lot of the music you liked at the time was actually pretty shit.

25. But some of it has stood the test of time. And anyway, that was never really the point.

There are worse ways to spend your youth, and if you went back and did it all again, you wouldn't change a thing.