“In an interview NME, Jim Adkins remembered reading an email from a young fan who wrote she didn’t fit in with the punk crowd at school because she ‘wasn’t punk enough for them.’ He explained: ‘The tenet of the punk ideal – or, you know, the alternative, outside-the-mainstream, kind of ideal – is that you think yourself being more accepting … I guess that tune was kind of a reaction to that, like you don’t want to be friends with them anyway.'” *
The Middle will always stand out in my mind as a great song with a excellent message. While I did know this song in the days of preteen confusion, I really wish I took the message away from it.
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