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What Music did Pete & Pete get you Into? (Time to Reminesce....For Science! ) [Oct. 26th, 2010|10:58 pm]
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Hey! I absolutely love this show. So much that I am doing a paper on it for my media studies class on television and its fans.

I really need to know this to move forward. I am wondering if I am alone in loving alternative/indie/college rock partially (or mostly) because of watching Pete and Pete as a kid? I watched the show when I was around 7-8 years old. Afterward, whenever I would hear a guitar strain that sounded like something that would be on the show, a special little spark ignited in the part of my heart that loves music and connected that sound to the wonderful feelings I had about this show. Because of this, I love Miracle Legion, Polaris, The Magnetic Fields, and other indie pop/rock that had an influence on or was influenced by the bands played on this show.

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

Did anyone else get into music featured on this show, and then expanded that interest into liking more of that band's catalogue, or into liking the entire genre that it was a part of?

Please tell me here how the music on Pete and Pete changed your taste in music.

Thanks so much! I will cite you, or leave you anonymous, if you prefer, just leave how you want to be cited in the comment, or private message it to me. You will also get approximately 2500 brownie points for making my paper, which is half about the fan response to the show, way better than it would be without you.


Media Studies student
Hunter College

*Note: I know that there are already topics that address the music of this show. However, this is a change for you to pontificate- to expand on the brief comments left in the other threads. Thanks much!

[User Picture]From: putaindufromage
2010-10-27 03:36 am (UTC)
in all honesty, the only way that Pete and Pete affected my music taste was that now I listen to Dan's band Jounce. lol. good luck on your paper!
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[User Picture]From: marmalade_girl_
2010-10-27 02:52 pm (UTC)
Pete and Pete was interesting for me in that in spite of watching it as a kid, I didn't really get into the music from it until I revisited it as a teenager. But it definitely defined a genre that I don't even have words for now, except that it's an instant bit of nostalgia.

I doubt that my comment was helpful in pretty much any way, but I wish you luck all the same. :)
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[User Picture]From: thatgirlemily
2010-10-27 05:45 pm (UTC)
I was in HS when it was on and totally into it. I saved up boxtops from Frosted Mini Wheats (or something) and sent away for a tape (yes, a tape!) with music from the show. I was just starting to get into good music then (ie early REM was my big discovery in HS). I definitely think getting that tape helped me discover different stuff. You have to remember back then in the early 90s finding indie music or alternative music was really hard. You had to listen to college radio or seek it out, it wasn't just on the internet every where you looked. I got into college radio in 95 and then became the music director of my college's station in 96-97. I hadn't really thought of it, but I guess my exposure to music via P&P was helpful in defining my taste a bit.
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From: ext_300570
2010-10-27 06:14 pm (UTC)

Other way around

I was already listening to alternative music when I discovered Pete & Pete. It was actually the music that helped inspire me to pay attention to the show. So it's music didn't change my tastes, but my tastes changed what I watched!
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[User Picture]From: liquidwhite
2010-10-27 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm 28 now, so I guess I was watching when I was between 11-14 years old? I definitely was affected by the use of music in the show. It did plant the seed of appreciation for indie type music in my head as a wee one, but I think I was more interested in the importance that was bestowed on the music. It seemed like it was very important to each of the characters individually and as a community - it was something that brought them together and helped them understand each other as well as helped them deal with what they were feeling. It was cool knowing that music wasn't just important to me.

I remember feeling like a bone head when I realized that the Iggy Pop from the show was the same Iggy Pop whose music I listened to. I also remember knowing exactly how little Pete felt when he was trying to recreate the perfect song - that's one of my favorite episodes.

I was getting really into punk music toward the end of the show's run so, while I liked the bands on the show, I didn't delve into them until later when I was in my twenties as a nostalgic thing. It wasn't until after that that I realized the bands could stand alone. I definitely listen to more Magnetic Fields than any of the other bands, but She is Staggering by Polaris always sends me back to that weird insecure pre-teen part of my life.
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