Okay, I’m going to be absolutely honest here. I emailed this list idea to Matt Crane and Jason Pettigrew at 2 a.m. one night and can’t really remember the context. I think I was joking. Then it became this thing—this daunting thing where everyone was all, “Cassie, you can’t actually write this.” And the more they did that, the more I was like, “Hey, forget you nerds. I can make this work…Right?”
As it turns out, finding specifics to back up my 2 a.m. theory wasn’t the easiest, but pop-punk is more of a je ne sais quoi. Still, I know I’m not the only one who’s thought about this, so here goes something:
Why The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Were Undercover Pop-Punk Kids, A Theoretical Essay (just kidding)
They love pizza way more than you. Unconditionally, in fact.
They are better skateboarders than you.
Their 2007 movie soundtrack was full of pop-punk and pop-rock (Amber Pacific, Cute Is What We Aim For, Gym Class Heroes.)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themesong just sounds right as a punk song.
Sometimes ska-punk bands dress up like them.
They had a “suppy.”
“Cowabunga” was much like the “suppy” of Turtle time.
TMNT were a for-real band who went on a tour sponsored by Pizza Hut in 1990. Call us when your pop-punk cred is so intense that you get a pizza sponsorship.
Shredder had this song called “I Hate Music” that was ironic, moody and sounded like it was comprised of nothing but gang vocals