Britpop. Bands that defined this ad hoc 90s musical genre took their inspiration from previous decades—60s pop, 70s glam and punk, 80s new wave—blending them together into a vibe-y cultural cocktail. The best songs from the era delivered melodies, hooks and plenty of snotty attitude from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Elastica, Pulp and many others. Two decades later, I Should Coco, the debut album from Supergrass, still stands out as a high point of the form. Their first single, “Caught by the Fuzz,” sounds like The Kinks force-filtered through Buzzcocks. It would make a great short story.
Our protagonist is fifteen-year-old kid who has just been arrested for drug possession. Still high, he’s in the police van trying to keep it together. Desperate to free himself, he dreams of his brother coming to rescue him while the police put him through the ringer. But his legal troubles are nothing compared to his mother’s disappointment when she finally comes to spring him. Is this the beginning of a life in crime, or an embarrassing story that he’ll share with friends over pints in his forties? The beautiful thing about teenage hi jinx is that the possibilities are truly infinite. Until they aren’t.
S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series includes BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, GRIZZLY SEASON and HANG TIME (Rare Bird Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in LA.