School's In: Songs About The Old School Days

School's In: Songs About The Old School Days

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L: Ramones (Photo: Gus Stewart/Redferns) M: Joan Jett (Photo: Brad Elterman/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic) R: Alice Cooper (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

So, as your kids complain about having to go back to school, and you tell them to stop their whining, we have decided to help you remember what it was really like. You did plenty of whining too, right? Sure there were some good bits, usually involving a hot boy or girl (and plenty of songwriters seemed to have thing for a teacher back in our day too) but basically you couldn’t wait to get out of there.

Are we right?

We’ll try to build a balanced picture here, but it was Alice Cooper who understood our hopes and dreams best. All together now – “School’s been blown to pieces...”

Alice Cooper - School’s Out

“No more pencils no more books / No more teacher's dirty looks”

Ramones – Rock’n’Roll High School  

“I hate the teachers and the principal / Don't wanna be taught to be no fool”

Motley Crue – Smokin’ In the Boys Room 

“And everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school!”

Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall, Part Two 

“We don't need no education / We don't need no thought control”

Van Halen - Hot For Teacher 

“Teacher needs to see me after school”

AC/DC – School Days 

“Workin' your fingers right down to the bone / And the guy behind you won't leave you alone” – thanks Chuck Berry!

The Kinks – The Hard Way 

“You're gonna find out the hard way”

Brownsville Station – Smokin’ In The Boys Room 

“Sitting in the classroom / Thinking it's a drag”

MC5 – High School 

“The kids know what the deal is / They're getting farther out everyday”

Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock  

“What do you want to do with your life?!!”

Nirvana – School 

“Wouldn't you believe it / It's just my luck / No recess”

J.Geils Band – Centrefold 

“There's my homeroom angel on the pages in-between”

Joan Jett – School Days  

“Never made the honor roll / Hated rules what I was told”

ABBA – When I Kissed The Teacher  

“Everybody screamed when I kissed the teacher”

Dave Edmunds – High School Nights (from Porky’s Revenge!) 

“You never see the end in sight”

Dan Baird – I Love You Period 

“I had a certain teacher / I always tried to impress her”

Ol’55 – New Girl In School 

“Everybody’s passing notes in class”

Sammy Hagar – Fast Times At Ridgemont High 

“Havin’ a ball”

Replacements – F--k School 

“F–k my school, f–k my school/F–k my school/What’s the matter, buddy?/F–k you!”

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