Cop A Look: Smashing Pumpkins 1979

The music video for the Smashing Pumpkins 1979 doesn’t need to take place in 1979—it’s an embodiment of being a teenager in any decade. The video plays out like a movie: a group of kids spend their day spinning each other inside of tires, doing donuts in muscle cars, flipping off their town from a hillside, pissing of neighbors at a house party, pool hopping, destroying a convenient store. You know the story, we don’t have to tell it in detail again. With youth comes boredom, and with boredom comes trouble—not serious trouble, just enough to laugh about later. Go watch Paranoid Park and you’ll get the same great vibe.

There’s something distinctly early ’90s about these kids’ lazy-skater look: brightly striped shirts are paired with oversized windbreakers and track jackets. They all wear dark pants and cheap tennis shoes, two things teenagers are bound to get dirty and ripped. It’s real vintage, the kind of clothes you wore growing up and wished you still had. Below, we’ve listed some pieces that might help you capture what’s left of your teenage angst.


Gant Cotton Sport Cardigan
Uniqlo Cashmere Turtle Neck Sweater

Norse Projects Hak Suede Jacket
Band of Outsiders Classic Chino
Vans Authentic

Adidas Firebird Track Top
Norse Projects Multi Stripe Tee
A.P.C. U.S.A Sweatshirt

POSTED March 5, 2012 6:30PM IN STYLE, STYLE NEWS Comments (2) TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

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  1. bob says:

    “pissing of neighbors at a house party, pool hopping, destroying a convenient store.”

    A proof-reader is needed. There are two mistakes in that one sentence fragment.

  2. billybobby says:

    easy there bob, this aint highschool english class. its a style blog and this guy obviously knows what he’s talking about. and proofreader is no longer spelled with a hyphen due to the standard etymological pattern of word change

    smashing pumpkins were badass in all ways …er, um, or is that always… or all ways…shit