Teenage Dirtbag chords by Wheatus


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Teenage Dirtbag | Chords and lyrics

Intro

||: E B5 | E Aadd9 :||

Verse 1

| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
Her name is Noelle, I have a dream about her.
| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
She rings my bell, I got gym class in half an hour.
| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
Oh, how she rocks, in Keds and tube socks.

Bridge 1

| C#m Aadd9 | B5 |
But she doesn’t know who I am.
| C#m Aadd9 | B5 |
And she doesn’t give a damn about me.

Chorus 1

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
‘Cause I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
Yeah, I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 | E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |
Listen to Iron Maiden, baby, with me. Oo-o-o-oo-o-oh.

Instrumental 1

||: E B5 | E Aadd9 :||

Verse 2

| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
Her boyfriend’s a dick and he brings a gun to school.
| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
And he’d simply kick, my ass if he knew the truth.
| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
He lives on my block and he drives an IROC.

Bridge 2

| C#m Aadd9 | B5 |
But he doesn’t know who I am.
| C#m Aadd9 | B5 |
And he doesn’t give a damn about me.

Chorus 3

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
‘Cause I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
Yeah, I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 | E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |
Listen to Iron Maiden, baby, with me. Oo-o-o-oo-o-oh.

Middle 8

| E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s missing.
| E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s missing.

Instrumental 2

| E B5 | E Aadd9 |

Verse 3

| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
Man, I feel like mold, it’s prom night and I am lonely.
| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
Lo and behold, she’s walking over to me.
| E B5 | E Aadd9 |
This must be fake, my lip starts to shake.

Bridge 3

| C#m Aadd9 | B5 |
How does she know who I am?
| C#m Aadd9 | B5 |
And why does she give a damn about me?

Breakdown

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
I’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
Come with me Friday, don’t say maybe
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 | E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |
I’m just a teenage dirtbag baby like you. Oo-o-oo-oh

Chorus 4

| E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s missing.
| E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | E Aadd9 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s missing.

Outro

| E B5 | E Aadd9 | E B5 | E5 (A G#) | (F# G# F#) E |


Teenage Dirtbag chords and progressions

The intro and verse are all I – V – I – IV, with some extensions/variations. The B is a power chord, the A is an add9.

||: E B5 | E Aadd9 :||

The bridge starts on chord VI, then goes to IV – V.

| C#m Aadd9 | B5 |

The chorus turns the chords around somewhat to the verse and adds a turnaround riff.

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |

The characteristic turnaround has a 2/4 bar in it.

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |

The outro slows down and is compulsory to memorize!

| E B5 | E Aadd9 | E B5 | E5 (A G#) | (F# G# F#) E |


From Teenage Dirtbag to McBusted

With a worldwide top ten hit in 2000/2001, Wheatus went from nowhere to superstars with their fun-filled Teenage Dirtbag.

Singing about lonely male teenage struggles, Brendan B. Brown (singer/guitarist) managed to connect with the world.

Growing up playing Iron Maiden and AC/DC, we can hear in the extremely dynamic production that Brendan picked up a thing or two about recording powerful guitar riffs.

Teenage Dirtbag was the first single from the debut album. Unfortunately, they never managed to follow their worldwide smash hit with another one, they did however record many more albums.

Brendan also ended up working with McBusted, a hybrid band formed of U.K. bands McFly and Busted.

Music history is full of bands that have one early huge hit and then can’t live up to the hype. I met the band in 2004 when they were still touring, playing Teenage Dirtbag every night. They had one piece of advice that they hammered home to everyone they met: Never sign a major record deal!

Perhaps this advice was down to that at the time, they had to play their hit three times in the same gig!

In the playlist above, there’s a video with Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) asking the question: How do you follow up Teenage Dirtbag, the perfect song?


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