“Where You Want to Be” is 10 Years Old, Mortality is Inevitable

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Were you an awkward teenager in the early 2000s?  No?  Then you might wanna ignore this one and move on.

For those of you that grew up wanting scene haircuts and nautical star tattoos, I’ve got some bittersweet news: Where You Want to Be, Taking Back Sunday’s second-best album, turned 10 yesterday.

Ten years.  That seems impossible, but then I remember that “This Photograph is Proof (I Know you Know)”, the album’s second single, was included on the Spider-man 2 soundtrack. That would be just Spider-Man 2, not the Amazing Spider-Man 2.

What were you doing 10 years ago?  Were you confused yet excited by all of the new experiences and promises of the future?  Did you become an adult without realizing it?  Shouldn’t I have accomplished so much more by now?  What is my high school girlfriend up to? She’s probably married and has a kid.

Lo, my youth has faded like the lettering on a Von Dutch hat.

Anyway, I wanted to post the video for my favorite track “A Decade Under the Influence” but their a-hole record label has blocked it from YouTube.  Instead, I’m just gonna place the Spotify player here and go think about things for a while.


h/t Mr. Bojangles

  • Christian Molenaar

    Finally, the “Old People Stuff” category is used again.

    • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

      I personally lol’d at the tag “WHATEVER THE OPPOSITE OF A NOSTALGIA BONER IS”

  • Back in my day, girls had to email you naked pictures.

  • Anthrallica

    A fuckin Sidekick. I had a friend who was obsessed with those things. A decade ago I was still single and just a year away from meeting my future ex-wife.

  • Mr. Bojangles

    CMON JUST SAY IT (human SCUM)
    YOU NEED ME LIKE A BAD HABIT
    ONE THAT LEAVES YOU DEFENSELESS, DEPENDENT AND ALOOONEEE

    -Mr. Bojangles

  • Mr. Bojangles

    Oh by the way…my high school girlfriend is engaged to a fat neckbeard.

    how should I feel about this?

    -Mr. Bojangles

    • Oof. Not sure Mr. Bojangles. Most of my ex-gfs unfriended me on facebook. Seems like the best policy is out of sight out of mind.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        I generally like to stay friends with them so they can see how much more successful and beautiful I am.

        -Mr. Bojangles

      • Steve Smithwick

        I’m still FB friends with every single girl I’ve ever dated or hooked up with. It’s not a big list, but I’m still cool with all of them. Hell, I stay in contact with ’em too! It’s because I’m such a picture perfect gentleman (when nobody but said lady is around. Can’t blow my cover when others are present.)

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          sounds like me, i say wild shit on here because i can be myself, but i am a dyed in the wool old school romantic gentleman in the public eye. I think i should start being myself all the time.

      • W.

        You know what I’ll never understand? Joint Facebook accounts.

    • The Satan ov Hell
      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        I like that he thought the song wouldn’t make enough of an impression, so he threw on the best outfit he could find.

    • At least she is alive. Everyone I fall in love with gets shot and dies in my arms. Why can’t that just happen to Chloe. Hey, speaking of which did u change your mind, she’s still up for grabs.

    • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

      Better her than you.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Lick yourself, obviously.

    • RuIN?

      The World is your litterbox Bojangles. Do what cats do best, and do it in her yard.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        great idea! brb

        -Mr. Bojangles

    • TrickleDownTacoRiff

      Her loss Bojangles!

      • Mr. Bojangles

        Thanks bffl!

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          music to my ears!

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      Get drunk and crash the wedding reception. Burn down the church while the ceremony is taking place. Run them over before they get into the car to leave the reception. These are all CONAN approved reactions.

    • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

      Flush them both!!

  • 10 years ago I was rocking out to Rammstein, Disturbed and Linkin Park. Hybrid Theory is still amazing.

    • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

      I’ll always have respect for that album. That was pretty much the first stepping stone into heavy music for me.

      • It ages like a fine wine too. It’s timeless.

        • All the albums that have come and gone from my playlist and that one is still there.

    • RuIN?

      I saw Rammstein with Soulfly a long while back and they put on a superbly heavy metal show. Fire and more fire and just a pounding sound. They were tight. Agree with Hybrid Theory. It set a pretty high standard for bands of that sound.

  • RuIN?

    So ten years ago I was saddened by the whole Dime thing, was just getting into Killswitch, loving The War Within and not taking Ashes of the Wake out of my Saturn Vue until well into 2005. Where has the time gone?

    • Seriously! I started this post with the intention of making a few jokes about the early 2000s and by the end I was actually a little bummed!

      • RuIN?

        I am going to publicly admit that I am a huge fan of the early 2000’s. I will also go out on a limb and say that Through the Ashes of Empires is a damn fucking good album. There, I said it.

        • Further Down the Metal Hole

          I’d fight side by side with you against the kvlt army. No shame.

        • It is though. Although Rob Flynns voice is most annoying on that album.

          • Further Down the Metal Hole

            Actually, I agree. Not all songs work vocally, but Imperium rips hard.

          • Agreed, Imperium is on the gym playlist.

          • Scrimm

            Agreed.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            you opened the door…………………..for CONAN to creep in

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Time will destroy us all.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      I was a little pussy. Now I’m a big pussy.

      -Mr. Bojangles

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        amen bro…

    • A Feed From Cloud Mountain

      Basically this. KsE, Unearth, the usual metal core.

      I was 15 at the time, seems like ages and ages ago.

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    My parents wouldn’t let me have texting on my phone until I was a senior in high school in 2008. I had so many friends with sidekicks and was perpetually jelly, until I realized how stupid sidekicks were.

    • Same boat. I was wicked jelly of the kids with their fancy texting plans (250 a month!) and sliding phones.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        What is this texting you speak of? Rotary phones, or eat a dick!

        • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

          Fucking hipster. I bet you typed that comment on a typewriter, too.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Fucking fuck yeah I did. Now where did I leave my PBR?

          • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

            I don’t mean to plug my own shit, but check out this illustration I did in college.
            http://payload49.cargocollective.com/1/7/231715/3296882/HipsterTrap.jpg

          • RuIN?

            So this is weird. My father in law once told me that he drank PBR because it got a high rating in Consumer Reports.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            What the fuck?

          • I’m not sure how Consumer Reports ratings work but “cheap and gets you drunk” will get a high score from most folks.

          • Poop Mango

            The hilarious thing about PBR is that hipsters in Canada drink it religiously. Except, here it costs the same as every other mid-market beer and there are way better/cheaper options.

          • KJM

            I’m not really a drinker but, as far as I’m concerned, if you can see through the glass it ain’t beer.

          • Gloryhole Castration

            I like Brewhouse. It’s cheap and tastes just as good as the big name domestics.

          • Poop Mango

            Yeah, it’s pretty good for a bargain beer. Generally my philosophy is to go super cheap or get craft brews. If you’re just planning on getting blackout, anything that comes in at or under $1/can will get you just as drunk as Bud or Molson so you might as well save your cash, you won’t taste it after beer six anyway. For Americans, PBR makes sense in that regard, but here, when it’s in the same price range as the big names but tastes like piss, it becomes obvious it’s more about emulating something “cool”. PBR is not really any better than Lucky or Boxer.

          • Gloryhole Castration

            If I’m just having a couple or making dinner, or a nightcap then I’ll go for quality. I agree with you, if I’m getting shit-faced or just bringing beer to practice to share, i tend to gravitate to cheaper but not terrible tasting beer haha!

          • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

            This sounds like something my dad would do. He lives and dies for Consumer Reports reviews of shit.

          • Speaking of shitty beer, I had a Busch Light yesterday and I was really surprised at how awesome it was!

            Who knew!?

            GL

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Damn, GL, really? Busch fucking Light?

          • We were floating the river, fishing etc, no choice!. I too am amazed!!

            GL

    • My parents wouldn’t let me have one until college. The kicker? Dad worked for Sprint.

      Edit: Fuck Sprint btw

      • Mr. Bojangles

        My dad can beat your dad up.

        -Mr. Bojangles

  • KJM

    10 years ago I passed my A+ and Network+ exams and was studying for my CCNA. I interned at my school to pay for the classes.

  • Negrodamus

    Fuck yo, I just turned 32.

    (edit: I meant to put “fuck yo”, not “fuck you” with a typo, lol)

    • KJM

      I was 37 in 2004.

      • Xan

        I was 9.

      • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

        I was 14.

        • Mr. Bojangles

          yay we’re the same age!

          penis time!
          8=======> ~~~~

          -Mr. Bojangles

        • same

          • wait, I just realized I was 11, man I should have payed attention in math class..

      • Anthrallica

        I was 23 and had abs. Now I have a mustard tire…

        • KJM

          Fortunately I’m not doing too badly for a middle aged guy. I don’t really care about being fit and looking good, I’m just scared shitless of Diabetes.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            ahhaha fucking shit i was 35, still had some hope for the future ! Basically i am glad i was still alive for the internet. No more hitting gas stations on the outskirts of town to buy skin mags. I have diabetes dude, its hereditary, plus those daily big gulps i drank from 83 to 2003 didn’t help matters…………hahhahhah

          • KJM

            Sorry to hear it. One of my best friends has it and it fucks with him bigtime.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I was 22 and almost had purpose.

      • Sponge Of Mystery

        i was 7, i beat all of you

        • This site contains strong language. I will need a parent’s signature before you can continue using the site.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            YOU CANT TELL ME WUT 2 DO

        • The Satan ov Hell

          I’d still wager I’m one of the younger users

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            a kid my age! wanna have a play date? get ur mom to call my mom

          • The Satan ov Hell

            Straight edge! We must go draw faeces on our notebooks in mathematics!

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            satan has been around since the beginning so you can truly have no age.

          • The Satan ov Hell

            It depends whom I have currently possessed for PC access usually. One day I shall find the one with the best WiFi

          • The Black Dahlia Burger

            How old are you??

          • The Satan ov Hell

            I’m actually 16. Do I need a permission slip to be here now?

          • The Black Dahlia Burger

            Wow, I only asked because I assumed I was one of the younger ones as well. I just turned 20

        • Perpetual Wincest

          I was six.

          Enjoy your silver medal.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            fuck…i hate being an old fogey

          • Perpetual Wincest

            Well on the plus side at least you can probably drive.

          • Sponge Of Mystery

            that is true! driving is nice

        • Call the Slambulance

          No worries. I’m right there with you, braj. Get ready for what will be the strangest, most straining portion of your life, so far.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        How can a 24 year old be master to a 47 year old?

        I bow down to thee.

        -Mr. Bojangles

        • KJM

          The Servant becomes The Master. The Circle is complete.

          • Mr. Bojangles

            Revolution.
            A new age.
            ruled by a green thing.

            -Mr. Bojangles

          • Matt Damon

            Matt Damon.

          • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

            This is one of the novelty accounts that truly never, ever gets old. I laugh my ass off every time. I love you, Matt Damon.

    • Scrimm

      35 here. 32 was when I really started noticing feeling a little different

      • Negrodamus

        Srs? Lol.

        • Scrimm

          Yep lol. Nothing major though.

    • IfJthenS

      I was 20. Still listening to Manson at that time.

      …I was young enough not to know better. At least that’s the story i’ll stick to.

    • W.

      Old balls.

      • Negrodamus

        Old and saggy!

    • The Prophet Mohammed

      I was 20 and wasting a year of my life in the ARMY.

      • Negrodamus

        My younger bro was in the army but he didn’t make it the whole four.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I’ll be forced to join the army soon, or go to prison, or go to civilian service. The last two are pretty much punishments for not going to the army.

          • Negrodamus

            Did you sign up to go to the Army and now you’re trying to get out of it?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            No. In Finland every man has to go to army when they turn 18 or choose those two punishments/alternatives.

          • Negrodamus

            So are you doing the Army then? Sounds better than punishment.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Nah, I’m going to civilian service.

    • Lord Ov Kapsko

      28 with a spine of a 90 year old nazi porn star.

      • Steve Smithwick

        To me, it seems like a 90 year old nazi porn star would have a particularly limber spine (for his/her age!)

      • Negrodamus

        Now, or then? Lol. I agree with Smithwick too.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Awkward? Hell no, red spiky hair makes you feel cool as fuck, haha.

  • JWG

    Ten years ago marks the rough point that I more properly ‘rediscovered’ Metal after a couple of false starts in the mid-to-late 90s (when I was an awkward teenager and easily influenced into liking the kind of music other awkward teenagers liked).

    I can specifically point to an NPR story in late ’04 (early ’05 at the latest) as being the full trigger for my metal reawakening. As far as I can gather from the internets this was before Lars Gotrich graduated from unpaid gopher to Assistant Producer so I can’t give him any direct credit. But I suspect he was somehow involved.

    • Bert Banana

      Ditto. In HS, I got really into Punk so by grade 11/12 (2001-2003) I was really into the underground scene and it was slowly doing this shift over to screamo. So those few years, I was in near full hipster mode. Passing out mixtapes and promoting the underground…then the moment those bands caught on, begin to slowly dismiss them. My rule of thumb was the moment a certain peer liked that band, it was time to move on.

      Then I went to college and my best friends were Guyanese…So all I listened to was Rap, Soca and Reggae. Some of my other classmates were into metal. College was a weird stage for me

  • MoshOff

    Ten years ago I was starting 6th grade. That’s not terrible, right?

    • Xan

      I was in 4th grade. I feel so young even though I feel so old.

    • whoa, you’re in 16th grade now??

      • MoshOff

        Surprisingly yes, Spain has 20 grades before College.

        But no, I’m going to start my senior year majoring in Telecommunications. The 5-hour-energy addiction was worth it!!

    • JWG

      It’s only terrible if you were just now finishing it.

    • The Black Dahlia Burger

      Ten years ago I was in 6th also… I think..? I just turned 20, whatever grade that corresponds to

  • KJM

    Ozzfest 2004: Sabbath, Priest, & Slayer.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Me too.

  • Xan

    I’m pretty sure in 2004 I was listening to Mannheim Steamroller, Bach, and Mozart.

  • 10 years ago i was in college listening to heavy metal and making fun of my friends who liked Taking Back Sunday. no offense @joethrashnkill:disqus!!

    • You better make damn sure you mean no offense.

      Get it?? eh?

      GL

      • Mr. Bojangles

        I pretend this era of TBS never existed. @joethrashnkill:disqus

        -Mr. Bojangles

        • This was the last TBS album I enjoyed. When this one came out I was already too old to be a fan.

          • Brand New was truly part of my jams back then, not so much TBS.

            Deja Entendu was bitching. Still is!

            GL

          • ^^ This is a truth fact.

          • Mr. Bojangles

            I listen to Brand New every day still. Mostly Devil and God and Daisy, but Deja as well.

            -Mr. Bojangles

      • The Black Dahlia Burger

        See, I like this, but I was more into The Used than Taking Back Sunday. Always loved this video too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U87SwbMhxCE

    • None taken! I was super hesitant to even post about TBS.

      • i would later grow up to be the guy who considers Artpop to be one of the best records of 2013…

        • Negrodamus

          I meant to listen to that but I haven’t gotten around to it.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        I can be partially blamed for egging him on.

        -Mr. Bojangles

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          the puppet master pulls the strings

  • I was really into Opeth and TDEP’s Miss Machine. Still love me some TDEP, but not so much Opeth anymore.

    • Negrodamus

      Miss Machine is timeless in my humble opinion. I just listened to the new Opeth last night, it was Ok.

      • KJM

        My first impression of new Opeth is 3 good songs and a bunch of filler. I’ll give it a few more listens.

      • Guppusmaximus

        Pale Communion isn’t humble in my timeless opinion…

      • Bert Banana

        I kinda love the new Opeth. I took a couple of listens but it’s a great classic rock album

        • Negrodamus

          It sounded like proggy classic rock to me too!

          • Bert Banana

            Voice of Treason (my favourite song on the album) reminds me a Kashmir

          • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

            All I heard was the sound of FLUSHES!

            Period!!!!

    • Guppusmaximus

      That’s because Opeth’s masterpiece came out in 2001 & “Irony Is a Dead Scene” came out in 2002…

  • geddy

    There was a time (some time ago before time stood up and damned me for wasting time) when I said yes to drugs and more beer than you have even dreamed of drinking.

    Eponymous requisites of anonymity – vanquished, and washing over a valley of bones picked clean; I want to forage there for an honest sense of flesh and blood and new dreams.

    I first heard thrash metal while out of my head on beer and ‘shrooms. Oh yeah, baby – I sat down in front of a television, and watched “The Ultimate Revenge Combat Tour” featuring Venom, Slayer and the mighty EXODUS! Starting off with some guy babbling about fish, I heard the power and force of PIRANHA! And so began many, many, many years of botched missions to reach the stars – stake out a place there and rule over a life of luxury.

    Ten years ago and me being free of alcohol and drugs, I was still listening to and enjoying the soundtrack to a life deranged.

    Sing with me all ye faithful – I want to race circles of sunshine about the ancient valleys of an enraged cunt.

    You can blame a lot of things for the bad behavior some folks live and breath – just don’t blame metal. Metal did not break down society – kick it in the teeth and shit all over it. People did that – most of them fucked up on drugs and booze. Metal never killed anyone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBmlwbsf5_Q

    • TrickleDownTacoRiff

      “many years of botched missions to reach the stars” …

    • Guppusmaximus

      “…more beer than you have even dreamed of drinking.”

      I was in the Marines, I doubt that.

    • KJM
    • RuIN?

      1985. When metal was played on Strats and Fender P basses. m/

  • Scrimm

    When I was an awkward teen PAGERS were the cool thing. My school tried to nail me as a drug dealer cause I had two. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was out of the army.

  • Fromwisdomtohate29

    Well I was 22 and just getting into metal. Man, realizing you’re getting old fucking sucks.

    Edit: I was getting out of nu-metal and listening to God Forbid and the like

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      i was lucky, i was 25 when korn debuted in 94 and i knew they were shit right off the bat. By the time nu metal was in full swing i was totally immune to that shit. You youngsters didn’t have a chance, Without guidance from a veteran metalhead no one could have escaped the web of nu metal.

  • B00mhauer

    Talkin bout a dang ol 15 yungin’ discoverin’ metal. Yo. Dang ol found out ’bout dang ol’ Kreator an’ all downhill from there. Yo.

  • George Clarke

    i dont have spotify 🙁

  • Bob Nühart

    In 2000, I invented a time machine to transport myself to 2014. Tell me, do humans of this era still enjoy big pants and the music of Fred Durst?