Valiant High writer Daniel Kibblesmith has released a playlist coinciding with that book's collected debut this week from comiXology. Titled "The Official Teen-Angst Playlist of Valiant High," Kibblesmith's list have some modern (and not-so-modern) music picks.
You can listen to the playlist via Spotify here.
And here is Kibblesmith's liner notes on each song:
Please listen to the following teen-angst anthems while reading Valiant High and/or during these suggested classic, rebellious teen activities.
Townie - Mitski
Ideal Teen Activity: House party that spills onto the lawn.
Angstiest Lyric: I am not gonna be what my daddy wants me to be
Bullet With Butterfly Wings - The Smashing Pumpkins
Ideal Teen Activity: Repeatedly slamming the door to your room.
Angstiest Lyric: The world is a vampire (and) Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage (Tie).
Ghost - Neutral Milk Hotel
Ideal Teen Activity: Falling in love with a historical figure.
Angstiest Lyric: To watch the morning paper blow / Into a hole where no one can escape (Dee dee dee dee dee dee)
Parental Discretion Iz Advised - N.W.A.
Ideal Teen Activity: Violent video games in a partially-furnished basement.
Angstiest Lyric: Lyrics for the adults, children have been barred and scarred from listenin to somethin so motherf***in HARD
I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper
Ideal Teen Activity: Being sixteen.
Angstiest Lyric: Baby's brain and an old man's heart / Took eighteen years to get this far / Don't always know what I'm talkin' about / Feels like I'm livin' in the middle of doubt
God Help The Girl - God Help The Girl
Ideal Teen Activity: Attending British boarding school.
Angstiest Lyric: Please stop me there, I'm even boring myself
Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies
Ideal Teen Activity: Calling out an underpaid teacher who's younger than you think they are on their "bullshit."
Angstiest Lyric: All.
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney
Ideal Teen Activity: Falling in love with poster of a rock star.
Angstiest Lyric: Go downtown / Put on your best frown / Give me a chance/ I know I can dance
High Road - Mastodon
Ideal Teen Activity: Dungeons and Dragons.
Angstiest Lyric: You are the one nobody likes / You are the plague that was brought here by rats / I like to hunt you, lets fight / Watching you fade out and never come back
Reflection - Pop Version - Christina Aguilera
Ideal Teen Activity: Singing along in car with your best friend from since you were both pre-verbal.
Angstiest Lyric: If I wear a mask / I can fool the world / But I cannot fool my heart
Jeannie's Diary - Eels
Ideal Teen Activity: Falling in love with a classmate who doesn't know you exist.
Angstiest Lyric: Oh, she's got a dark side too / Even murderous / But I love that
Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana
Ideal Teen Activity: The one time you go into a suburban weed dealer's house and decide one time is enough.
Angstiest Lyric: I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black
You Can Make Him Like You - The Hold Steady
Ideal Teen Activity: Breaking up with your one-year-older boyfriend when you visit him at college.
Angstiest Lyric: You don't have to go to the right kind of schools / Let your boyfriend come from the right kind of school / You can wear his old sweatshirt / You can cover yourself like a bruise
Ask - 2011 Remastered Version - The Smiths
Ideal Teen Activity: Listening to the Smiths.
Angstiest Lyric: Honestly, as angst goes, this is on the milder side of the Smiths.
Blank Generation - Richard Hell
Ideal Teen Activity: Using the internet so long you forget what day it is.
Angstiest Lyric: I was sayin let me out of here before I was even born
The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton - The Mountain Goats
Ideal Teen Activity: Realizing that you're not alone in the world, that there are people out there just like you who understand, and someday you'll find each other and create something glorious, and show everyone back at home that the person they tried to change was actually the person you were always destined to be.
Angstiest Lyric: Hail Satan.