I was kinda obsessed with this stupid song when it was released in the summer of 2000. Some people might not remember "Teenage Dirtbag" from the Long Island, New York band, Wheatus, but I certainly do.

I was being considered for the job of Assistant Music Director at the alternative rock station, WFNX in Boston, where I was super fortunate to have cut my teeth, when my then Program Director, Cruze, asked for my opinion of the song. It was so cool to be a part of the programming process.


That's me in the photo above, 19 years old in 2000. I wish I still had that shirt. The "dirtbag" baseball undershirt was THE Wheatus "Teenage Dirtbag" official record company promo shirt! I think it came in blue as well.

The video for "Teenage Dirtbag" featured Jason Biggs of "American Pie", and Mena Suvari, also from (Pie) who were in a movie called "Loser", (which flopped that year), but the song just seemed to resonate with listeners of pop radio. The video boasts over 277M views on YouTube as of today.

Well, "Teenage Dirtbag" is back 22 years later for a TikTok trend...

A new TikTok trend is taking over the internet and giving us all the nostalgia. The “Teenage Dirtbag” challenge first surfaced on social media last summer. Inspired by the 2000 Wheatus single of the same name, the trend recently caught fire again online, returning to TikTok with a vengeance. -distractify.com

Lady Gaga is the latest to participate in the trend.

I guess me in a vintage "Dirtbag" shirt will have to do, since I don't have TikTok. I just turned 42 last week! YAAAAAAAAAAA.

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