I love crushes. Paper Valentines, notes in lockers, snickering in the girls’ room crushes. I love thinking about people and wondering how many times to text them is too much and if they like me back. Here are songs that run through all my crush emotions: excitement, confusion, daydreamy-ness, wistful longing, unrequited love, jealously, happiness, horniness, and ultimately, just wanting to eat junk food in bed and talk about femmes in punk with people.
These are tunes I stay up late burning rose incense and making collages to. The soundtrack to reclaiming your inner grade school self and telling that boy/girl/gender nonconforming/otherwise identifying person that you don’t care about their cooties and want to take them on a romantic walk around the playground.
Perhaps if your crush has a crush on you back and if you both are good at “communication,” you can potentially start a “healthy relationship.” That’s a whole ‘nother podcast. (I know nothing about this.)
Listen to fewer boy/men/dude/guy bands.
Support women/femmes/queers in punk music.
P.S. Someone find me a boyfriend please
Leggy, “Grrrls Like Us” Self-titled EP (Damnably)
And The Kids, “Cats Were Born” Turn to Each Other (Signature Sounds)
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The Slits, “I Heard It through the Grapevine” (cover) Cut (Antilles)
Bratmobile, “Juswanna” Pottymouth (Kill Rock Stars)
PWR BTTM, “I Wanna Boi” Ugly Cherries (Miscreant / Father/Daughter)
Adult Mom, “Told Ya So” Momentary Lapse of Happily (Tiny Engines)
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Dyke Drama, “Thelma & Louise” Tender Resignation 12″ EP (Salinas)
The Raincoats, “Black and White” Self-titled
R.L. Kelly, “Familiar Haunt” Life’s a Bummer (Orchid Tapes)
Martha, “11:45, Legless in Brandon” Blisters in the Pit of My Heart (Dirtnap)
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Plush, “Please Don’t Let Me Go” Please (Father/Daughter)
Free Cake For Every Creature, “I Wanna Make You Bread” Talking Quietly of Anything with You (Double Double Whammy)
Upset, “Do You Still Hate Me” (cover) ’76 (Lauren)
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Lisa Prank, “Heart 2 Heart” Adult Teen (Father/Daughter)
All Dogs, “Leading Me Back to You” Kicking Every Day (Salinas)