25 Things ’00s Indie Kids Will Just Get

1.
Taking a setlist home from a gig was a normal thing to do.

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

Hayley Budd
@HayleyRoseBudd

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

09:19 PM – 07 Apr 2016
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3.
Getting a ticket for a “secret” gig was the second best thing to ever happen.

4.
Obviously the first best thing was getting guestlist.

princess of farts
@Becca_DP

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

05:24 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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5.
You belonged to at least one band’s forum, and met up with people from it to go to a gig.

You are probably still friends with these people today.

6.
You spent a lot of time on MySpace.

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.

7.
And your Last.fm profile was meticulously curated.

At least once you left the house but let a particular band keep playing, to push them up your list.

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

Jonathan Dean
@JonathanDean_

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

12:31 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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9.
Sometimes you’d bring out specific dance moves to demonstrate how well you knew your favourite songs.

Alex WilsIN
@adjwilson

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

02:05 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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10.
You had weird rules based on bands you liked or disliked.

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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.

Barbara Speed
@bspeed8

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

12:52 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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12.
You had (and still occasionally bring out) a slightly rubbish anecdote about meeting someone in a band.

Emily
@embot_3000

.@radio__caroline confessing her darkest indie sins #indieamnesty

02:35 PM – 10 Apr 2016
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13.
You made some interesting fashion choices.

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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.

Charlotte Hatfield
@charlieh46

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

10:04 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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15.
But would 100% never wear a band t-shirt to a gig where that band were playing.

charlotte davies
@charlottealiced

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

09:58 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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Unless they were only the support, or it was a very early t-shirt that would mark you out as a true fan.

16.
Badges were a weirdly important part of your identity.

Even if the NME occasionally declared them “trampy”.

17.
There was one band that you and your friends hated for basically no reason.

Unless it was the Kooks, in which case you had good reason because they were actually terrible.

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

beautifulpigeon
@beautifulpigeon

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

08:30 PM – 18 Apr 2016
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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.

(((alex)))
@Judoon_Platoon

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

02:12 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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20.
And you spent a lot of times on trains travelling to gigs, either in your closest town or further afield.

And you have the old tickets to prove it.

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

kelly oakes
@kahoakes

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

01:18 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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22.
You started a fanzine, or at least contemplated it.

Reema
@reema80

Writing a Bluetones fanzine … And here’s the master copy of issue 1 #indieamnesty

06:52 PM – 06 Apr 2016
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23.
You became convinced that this one band was going to be the Next Big Thing and bought five copies of their debut EP.

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(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.

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

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

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