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15 Reasons You Totally Looked Up To Conor Oberst In High School

Sure, listening to Bright Eyes made you sad sometimes. But more often, it just made you feel completely understood.

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2. He fronts the one band teens and critics can agree on.

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Possibly ever! Bright Eyes was the sole project of Oberst before getting a full band. He remains the only consistant member. If you can name someone else in Bright Eyes, you are probably a better person than most.

3. He's literally a poetic genius.

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Especially if you're fifteen and have no idea who Leonard Cohen is.


Now a mother takes loans out, sends her kids off to colleges.

Her family's reduced to names on a shopping list.

While, a coroner kneels beneath a great, wooden crucifix.

He knows there's worse things than being alone.

And so I've learned to retreat at the first sign of danger.

I mean, why wait around, if it's just to surrender?

An ambition, I've found, can lead only to failure.

I do not read the reviews.

No, I am not singing for you.

- Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love or To be Loved)



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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band started in 2007 and is still going strong.

...And time...

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Desaparecidos is Oberst's heavier (albeit, emo) band that recently reunited.

...And time...

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Monsters of Folk is Conor's supergroup: My Morning Jacket's Jim James and She & Him's M. Ward are in the band.


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Before the Faint were the Faint, they were Norman Bailer. A young Oberst played drums.

7. He is constantly compared to Bob Dylan.

Bobby D is soooo sentimental.

Craig Ferguson: See, I love your work, and I'm reading that they're saying you're the new Bob Dylan, how does that stuff kinda get you? Do you not like it?

Conor Oberst: Uh, I mean... There's certainly worse things to be called.


9. He wrote the perfect young love song.

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If you were born in the late '80s/early '90s, someone you dated in high school probably said "this song is about us." And meant it.