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Brendan B. Brown--guitar, vocals
Rich Leigey--bass (on the album)
Mike McCabe--bass (current)
Peter Brown--drums
Phil A. Jimenez--percussion, keyboards, backing vocals,

You're about as likely to win three-card monte as see a
major record label let a new band self-produce its debut.
Then along comes Wheatus. "We wanted to make a record by
ourselves," says Brendan B. Brown, the vocalist, the
guitarist, the songwriter. And that's just what they did.
So what makes Wheatus so damn exception-to-the-rule

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i used to be one | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

I used to be a teenage dirtbag in my junior high years. I was bullied because I was different from most of the students; super rich girls and boys, not to mention, super popular, with newest high-tech cellphones and make up kits to brag about at school every day. Coming from a very modest family, I couldnt afford any of that, and I didnt want to because I knew my craving for those things which I thought those would help me blend in would be a burden for my parents' financial condition. I tried to shrug off the pressure by studying hard, working on my grades. I made it, I excelled at school, but it made them even take more advantages of me. One of them had me do her school assignment.

The popular kids also made fun of my look. They were all gorgeous looking boys and girls with great hair and rocking bodies. On the contrary, I was a nerdy dork looking girl with long hair I didnt know what to do about it. One day, I heard a guy called me "Sadako", the Japanese ghost character in the movie, referring to my long unattractive hair covering a bit of my face. They never knew I let some hair get into my face and eyes so nobody would be able to see me clearly, and also because I was afraid to see and be seen due to their harsh attitudes to me. Actually, Sadako is only one of many names I can remember people called me.

At a school study tour to another city about 12 hours drive from ours, the hotel room in which my classmate and I were staying got a phonecall from other students, we never know who they are, saying mean things about us, "You are fucking outcasts, you and your lame-o alienated friends. You guys are the most unpopular kids at school. You suck as hell. What? You're angry? You're crying? Oh such a poor baby. Dont ever try to mess with us because we are kids of this popular gang at school that can crush you like a dirty bug if we want to." As a result, my terrified friend and I left the phone not in its proper position so nobody could call us for the rest of the study tour. Frankly, I am still afraid of phonecalls until now.

There were some times when I was thinking of suicide because things just got worse. Those bullies got even meaner and meaner every day, I couldnt take it anymore. I was thinking about jumping off the school roof but I dont think it would take my life because it isnt so high. Gun was never a solution because my parents didnt have one and I didnt know where to get a gun. Slicing my wrist, to me, was not a good idea to suicide as there is always a possibility you will remain alive and not lose all your blood. So I didnt manage to do it.

I never had a boyfriend back then. All guys saw me with gross expression in their eyes. I was fine with that anyway as I was fully aware I was not even near to beautiful. One day, this most popular guy at school had a little difficulty doing a class project. He asked his gangs for help but no hands were around. Since I mastered the subject, I helped him out, not knowing it would take a toll of me. It seemed he didnt expect me to be the only person assisting him while his jocks friends didnt give a fuck about him. Somehow, he was moved by my action that he gradually developed a crush on me. Yet he never told me first hand for he had a girlfriend back then (and yes she was popular too) and due to our "caste" gap. However, he managed to let me know by writing he loved me on some school desks in various classes, like this: "Greg and xxx (my name) = perfect couple". At first, I didnt notice, but my friend spotted one of these writings carved on a desk and showed me. More and more desks saying that. I freaked out. I was scared I would be bullied even worse by his girlfriend's gang. This guy, who used to not even bother to know I existed, started to try to get closer to me. He chose to sit next to me at class, talk to me, throw some jokes to make me laugh, but I never responded too much for I was afraid.

One day, my art project that was kept at the class mini display was lost. Somebody stole it. I reported to my teacher and she asked the class if anyone had seen it. Nobody said anything. I thought, "Oh well, at least I already had an A for it before it was lost." The very same day, during lunch break, this guy roamed around the school hall with the art class mini display in his hands, asking each and every kid in the hall if he/she had seen it or at least knew where it was. I happened to be there, putting some books into my locker, witnessing all he did for me. When he accidentally caught my curious gaze at him, I looked away quickly, my heart beating fast. I wanted to say thank you but I didnt want to draw any more attention so I kept silent. And then he walked by, still inspecting every kid about my art project whereabouts for the rest of the day. I will never forget it. That is the most heroic thing people ever did to me. I have never asked anyone to fight my battle, whatever it is about, I always struggle myself. I still pray for him sometimes when I remember him, as a substitute for my gratitude.

This song reminds me of my bleak days being a teenage dirtbag. Now I am not a teenage anymore but I still feel the impacts of being bullied. I have this constant fear of people coming to me and all of sudden saying hurtful things to me, or abusing me physically. I am scared of my past, even more scared that someone will find out who I used to be. That is why I never attend my junior high school reunions and constantly change my number to cover my trace. I dont want to have any social media account in my real name since I fear those bullies will resurrect from the past and torture me for some more.

Thank God things started to get better in senior high school, college, and work. I make lots of new friends I can rely on and love me just the way I am. I never hear about those bullies anymore, but one of them became a prostitute. That is all I know. This bullying experience taught me to know people well before deciding whether he/she is someone you can trust or not. It also taught me to be friends with anyone, dont be a cocky person. And thats why I never let any of my friends walk home alone after school. Friends do things together, walk home together, go have some fun together. No friends left behind.

For those bullied out there, try to defend yourself. Dont let anyone take away your pride and smash it to the ground. Fight back, even if you lose. But it is much better than remain passive. Get a hobby, try to master it, find your hidden talent. Make friends. Search for people that you can relate to. One is enough, more is better. At least you have someone you can talk to and love you dearly. As time goes by, things will get better. It may not be perfect, your past scars may not heal completely, but it is still better. Dont be a bully yourself, not even once. You are much better than that.

Raise 'Em Right | Reviewer: Leah
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

I was four years old when this song came out, and my sister was 18. She taught me how to sing this song, and she'd play it on her guitar, and now when I visit her, she breaks out the same old guitar and we sing shamelessly in the house with my nephews. :)

Y'all are so young! | Reviewer: Almost Middle-Aged Dirtbag (baby)
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

I was an actual teenage dirtbag when this song came out! I had long hair, and I listened to heavy metal, and nobody gave a damn about me. I thought the song could have been about me.

It's awesome to see that young people are still listening to it. That's the mark of a good song, I think.

love this song | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

reminds me of 01 when I was 21 a travelling Irsh man with his girlfriend and a few mate's we made a long the way
in oz all them years ago. song still gets me all pumped up. love it . Joe

    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

This song never grows old... I was about 2 months old when this came out in 2000. Beautiful, everybody hates it at my school....! I know! So me and my best friend play and sing it anyway! It will be in soon!!!! We'll make sure of that!

Reminds me of my younger years! | Reviewer: Psycho
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

I was probably not born when this came out... but I love it! I am still at school and it is NOT the song to sing, so we sing it anyway. LOVE Iron Maiden! Reminds me of this girl at school.... ;)

simply the best | Reviewer: DAKAT
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

This is the best song ever. so much memories of high school. also reminds me of this 1 chick i had a crush on. eccept i never got to be with this girl, cause she was way out of my leage. and i was just a unpopular nerdy kid with little friends. lol! but to day im happily engage with amazing hot looking indian girl. and i played her this song just the other day, and now we blast this tune in the car when ever we want, singing loudly, and making new memories! LOVE YOU RENELLE!!

great song! | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

What makes this song so great is that probably everyone can relate and see themselves in it, and everyone that grew up with this song have memories from their youth with the song playing in the background. Everyone was a teenage dirtbag, because its about being left outside, and I guess everyone have felt that at some time, even if it was not the case. Teenagers are just vulnerable. But its really epic that he wins her in the end even though its hes own dream.

Hilarious song | Reviewer: Lauren
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

I was a baby when this came out, but i was listening to 105.7 the point, they played it. This song is fairly entertaining. I'm 11, almost to my dirtbag years. :0 But who said i was going to be like other teenagers? I can be different. I'll make sure it doesn't happen. But this song is a my boyfriends joke to me. Except i'm not noelle, he is. He's 2 years older (and i could care less. He's amazing), and i at first told myself he would never have me. But look where i'm at. He's always over and he brags about me. You can see that for yourself under another review. I already forgot the exact one. It's either breath or diary of jane which are both by breaking benjamin. He refuses to put his name too. His mom would kill him if he posted it.

WOW! | Reviewer: Kathleen
    ------ About the song Teenage Dirtbag performed by Wheatus

This song came out when I was probably 9 or 10 years old, and i always thought it was written about my sister! Her name is noelle and i would sit and listen to this song wondering about her secret life lol!

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