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17 Things Every Obsessed Music Fan Did In Middle School

Nothing beats a CD player with anti-skip protection. Except maybe a one-on-one Pandora #ThumbMoments concert with your favorite artist. That comes close.

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1. Download a MIDI ringtone — and listen to it for fun.

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"And get this — it has Snake too!"

2. Scribble angsty lyrics in a wide-ruled, five-subject notebook.

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Along with the obligatory S symbol.

3. Bypass the school's internet filter to find songs to add to your profile...

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"Autoplay? Yes, please!"

4. ...and browse music forums in the computer lab.

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Admit it, the mods were stronger authority figures than your parents.

5. Consider starting a band after attempting to learn guitar once.

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Hey, it worked for punk!

6. Type artist names into a graphing calculator...

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But only after the old 55378008 gag.

7. ...and secretly carve their logo into the desks.

Bathrooms, lockers, offices — the school was your canvas!
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Bathrooms, lockers, offices — the school was your canvas!

8. Play "music" through ill-conceived plastic cartridges.

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Just listen to that beautiful 4-bit sound!

9. Learn how to sew, iron, and hand stitch...

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Or use safety pins, what have you.

10. ...because PATCHES.

One could never have too many "anarcho-punk" emblems.
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One could never have too many "anarcho-punk" emblems.

11. Pin band buttons to a backpack or satchel.

Like bumper stickers for your JanSport.
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Like bumper stickers for your JanSport.

12. Spend way too much time deciding which T-shirt to get at the merch table.

So much better than those "vintage" tour shirts Mom got you from Target.
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So much better than those "vintage" tour shirts Mom got you from Target.

13. Try to sneak into an 18+ show...

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"No, it's not a fake! Oh, you want my mi— middle name?"

14. ...or drag Mom and Dad.

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"Dad, can you pleeease pretend you came here alone?"

15. Rip hundreds of songs from CDs by hand...

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16. ...where you get lost in the trippy visualizations...

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And also change the skin every other day.

17. ...and finally, slave over the artwork of that special mix CD.

"No CD-RW will ever record over our love. <3"
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"No CD-RW will ever record over our love. <3"

Watch fans react to something every middle schooler would dream of — a one-on-one Pandora #ThumbMoments concert with their favorite artist.

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