In the history of Shmitten Kitten, this post has been the hardest one for me to write. I've probably started it a dozen different times over the course of a year but I've never been able to adequately capture my feelings about this band and the guys that listen to them. I'd find myself getting lost in a maze of nostalgia and I'd get tangled up telling stories that I wasn't sure how to tell properly.
I'd start to talk about how my first boyfriend ever introduced me to them and how special that was, but I don't want write about that. Then, I tried talking about how they were the last band I saw play before I moved away to college and how important that show was to me, but I don't want to talk about that either. Then, I noodled around with writing about how their album "Jersey's Best Dancers" resonated deeply with me as I moved to a new city and was riddled with anxiety about leaving my loved ones behind but that sounds like a shitty Felicity plotline. I scrapped that too.
I couldn't even decide which YouTube video I'd want to include along with this post because there are too many Lifetime songs that are meaningful to me. Should I go with "Rodeo Clown," the first song of theirs that I learned all the words to? Or, should I go with "Theme Song for A New Brunswick Basement Show" which buzzed around my head when I would get dizzy with homesickness? It's probably one of the only songs that could still make me cry if I listen to it at certain times (no emo). Maybe I should go with "(The Gym Is) Neutral Territory," the catchiest song I've ever heard about hating someone. Or maybe "Ostrichsized," arguably the best album-ender song I've ever heard. See? It's like trying to pick a favorite character on "Parks and Recreation." I can't do it!
Looking back, all of my favorite guys I've dated have loved this band. I don't know why, they just do. My guess is that they connect with the energy of the music, the smart lyrics, and the overall attitude of the punky, short songs. And, not to over-analyze it too much, but Lifetime is just plain fun to listen to. They get it. And, I get that too. And, that's probably why I love them so much.
Previously: I Love Love Love Guys That Listen to The Misfits
I Love Love Love Guys That Listen to The Descendents