If you were around in the early 2000s, you probably remember all of the great pop-punk/emo music from that time. It’s hard to forget when you’ve got so many awesome bands, from Brand New to Jimmy Eat World and everything in between, that deeply resonated with teenagers while simultaneously taking over Fuse. Side note: remember how great Fuse was back then?
To honor such a fantastic time of sounds, feelings, and culture, I figured I’d run through some of the scene’s biggest moments — including music videos, live DVDs, and MTV appearances — and give my own narrated recaps. I was pretty young when all these events went down, but I’m going to pretend I was front and center anyway. Still, if I act like I’ve never basked in the glory of these moments, I’m only kidding myself.
Here’s the first one: a recap of the music video for Taking Back Sunday’s “You’re So Last Summer”.
Following release of their debut album, Tell All Your Friends, in 2002, Taking Back Sunday rode the coattails of its success non-stop. They embarked on several large tours, exhausting members John Nolan and Shaun Cooper so much that they ended up leaving the band. By the time they found replacements, it was the middle of 2003, and — after a stint on the Vans Warped Tour — they prepared a music video for “You’re So Last Summer”. The band brought in a special guest to star in the music video, and once it debuted on MTV in November, it went down as one of the most memorable and entertaining moments of the early 2000s.
On the inclusion of a guest, frontman Adam Lazzara said, “We had two guys leave our band and there were two main singers, so we were trying to think of a way to bring the new band members into the video, but not have Fred singing the old guy’s part.”
0:00: Here we go! Wait, is that “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut From the Team)” in the background? I must’ve clicked on the wrong video…
0:02: You can’t help but love the full band stroll. It’s almost like they’re a boy band or something.
The way that Mark [O’Connell, drummer] looks at Adam here is classic. What’s that thing he does with his hand? Is he pointing to look cool or something? Well, with those cargos and t-shirt, he already knows he is.
0:06: Oh, they fooled us. Now we’ve got the craggy opening riff of “You’re So Last Summer” and a shot of New York City. It’s great to see them keeping things close to home. This performance is about to be heard all the way across the city.
0:13: A limo? It’s gotta be some sort of celebrity cameo, right? Or another new member? From what I remember Taking Back Sunday had just added two new guys around this time.
0:14: A red checkered hat?! I wonder…
0:18: IT’S FLAVA FLAV!
“SHE SAID DOHWN’T!”
0:19: Jump, Flava Flav, jump!
0:24: I’m just picturing all these kids coming out to see their favorite band and then being completely thrown off by Flava Flav being there. Just look at that kid on the left raising his arms like he’s praising God that he gets to be there (or perhaps praying he’s joining the band). That’s probably what I would’ve done too.
For all we know, Flava Flav probably just stole that outfit off the table of an area pizza place.
0:30: “BOYS LIKE YOU ARE A DIIIME A DOZEN, SHE SAID”.
0:35: Do you think Flava Flav actually knows the words, or is he just yelling “YEEAAH BOIII” the whole time? I mean, if there’s one thing Taking Back Sunday was missing, it was a hype man.
0:42: CHORUS TIME! So many fists in the air.
Look at those dudes jump. I would have killed to jump along with everyone there.
0:47: Bassist Matt Rubano’s getting into it. I hope he doesn’t break his feet stomping like that.
0:49: “AND OHL IIII NEED TO KNOW-OH!”
Adam’s got his overgrown bangs hanging in his face now. Is there anything more representative of the times than that?
0:53: SHAKE THAT HEAD.
In all seriousness, though, Adam’s stage antics have always ruled. I love the way that dude lets it all out.
0:55: This must have been hilarious to film. I can imagine the director being like, “Alright, Flava Flav, get in front of the camera here and just do whatever.”
Imagine driving across the Brooklyn Bridge that day and glancing down.
0:57: Catchin’ the mic.
It’s important to mention that the chorus to this song is amazing. Nolan’s backing vocals were glorious all throughout this album, and especially in this song.
1:04: Flava Flav’s dancin’, and the band ain’t stoppin’.
1:09: The chorus is over. Now, on to the second verse. Let’s see what other early 2000s stereotypes we can find…
1:13: Not sure what the purpose of this clip is, other than showing off Adam’s hair a little more. Oh, and those rolled-up sleeves. He couldn’t get any cooler.
Fun fact to make you feel old: he’s only 21 in this video.
1:18: I just realized there’s only a few amps and lights on this stage. Sometimes less is more, especially when you’ve got six musicians giving their all. That, and it’s a music video (but I still want to believe this was an actual show).
The early 2000s truly was a great time to be alive.
Now we know the importance of that last clip was. And I was wrong — Adam just got way cooler.
1:24: Here comes one of the greatest lines the early 2000s ever gave us. Get ready to sing along.
1:25: Guitarist Eddie Reyes is all class with that cigar and sunglasses.
For a band who has always rejected images and labels, it’s cool to see them act so self-aware and play around with them. I’m sure they’d hate the fact that I’m writing this recap, but there’s no turning back now.
1:31: “…I’D APOLOGIZE FOR BLEEDING ON YOUR SHIRT”.
I’m glad we have Flava Flav here to emphasize such a classic lyric.
1:33: It’s amazing how that line bleeds (pun intended) right back into the chorus. The band’s songwriting on this album was incredibly tight.
1:38: The combination of cut-off t-shirt, sunglasses, and trucker hat on guitarist Fred Mascherino — or at least I think this is him? — is nearly as tight as that chorus. And that spin move is just the icing in the cake.
1:40: At this point, I feel like Flava Flav has used pretty much every move he knows. Now he’s just flailing his arms and stuff.
1:41: This would’ve been perfect for a photo shoot. Hey, a video shoot ain’t too shabby either.
It seems like every band from the early 2000s only had a closet full of black shirts and jeans. Remember when black fit our moods perfectly?
1:42: Flava Flav’s still jumping, and Adam’s still got hair in his face. What else is new?
1:45: HOLY CRAP. DID HE JUMP OVER HIS OWN LEG? I bet that took like a dozen takes to get right — especially that stick landing. It really should be an Olympic event by now.
1:49: Slow motion, capturing all the grace of Adam’s stage presence.
1:55: Mark and his dog, just chillin’.
Notice how the dog falls back a bit as if he’s startled. I bet Flava Flav was behind the camera guy making funny faces or something.
1:59: Oops, a little bit of ass crack here.
Remember when people actually danced like this? Neither do I. But it looks ridiculous, and that obviously makes it awesome.
2:03: Flava Flav, back at it again with the outstretched hands.
2:07: “‘CAUSE I’M A WISHFUL THINKER WITH THE WORST INTENSHUUNS”.
Did I already ask if this is an actual venue spot? Because it should be. Really, at this point it needs to be declared a National Monument.
2:10: Check out that playful punch thing Adam’s doing with Flava Flav here. The stage antics just go on and on.
I bet this was the most fun video to make ever. Can we get the outtakes please?
2:12: This slow motion pan of all the members is the most early 2000s thing ever (well, apart from Xanga maybe).
2:18: This part has always ripped so hard.
There’s nothing better than seeing musicians bang on their instruments as hard as they can in unison, as seen here.
2:21: Flava Flav, reminding everyone he’s still here doing his thing.
2:23: I just noticed Adam’s fingernails are painted black. Combine that with the black t-shirt, boot cut jeans, and hair over the eyes, and Adam’s the early 2000s’ man of the hour.
2:25: Close-up time. That little hip shake Adam does is magnificent. The video really should’ve just ended here.
2:29: I honestly cannot tell what’s going on here. A group drug deal? Betting on games of marbles? I’m not quite sure, but Flava Flav’s wearing a viking head, and that’s all that matters.
2:32: They’re all throwing money in for something. Perhaps a betting pool on how many early 2000s stereotypes this video has had so far?
2:35: “IF I’M JUST BAD NOWHS, THEN YOU’RE A LIIYUR”.
2:40: Flava Flav’s telling everyone to wave their arms, and I’m thinking of all the things I’d give to have been in that crowd.
2:42: He removed his hat, and now he looks like the villain of an ‘80s sci-fi movie or a fighter pilot or something.
2:46: Could you send Flava Flav off with anything other than a hug? That’s gotta go down as one of the top hugs of the early 2000s — or perhaps all-time. Just look at how happy Fred is at this moment.
2:48: One last full band shot for good measure. God, Matt looks like a little kid in comparison to the rest of the guys.
2:57: All the members have disappeared one by one, leaving only Adam to walk right into the camera.
3:05: There’s no need to fade to black, as his shirt does the job.
“MAYBEE I SHOULD HAAYTE YOU FOOHR THIS…”
The early 2000s thanks Taking Back Sunday for their work in creating one of the greatest music videos that time period had to offer. It’s nice to see a band known for their intense, emotional atmosphere letting loose and having some fun. “You’re So Last Summer” may not have the cool Fight Club vibes of “Cute Without the ‘E’” or the cheesy teen movie storyline of “Timberwolves at New Jersey” (both videos I may recap in the near future), but it’s got Flava Flav, and that automatically makes it the best.