Teen thinks wildly popular band from 20 years ago is underground and alternative

A TEENAGER believes his fandom of a band that was hugely popular two decades ago makes him cool and alternative.

15-year-old Ryan Whittaker considers himself to be a connoisseur of counterculture because he listens to platinum-selling Grammy-winning band The White Stripes after Spotify recommended them.

He said: “Yeah, The White Stripes? You’ve probably never heard of them? They’re pretty out there.

“My mates all listen to mainstream stuff like Ed Sheeran, but I’m a bit beyond that. I prefer niche stuff like 2003’s Elephant, a truly great album which was never appreciated in its time and is more or less forgotten now.

“There are loads of other great underground bands from that era as well, like Radiohead, The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their stuff’s pretty much unobtainable on vinyl. You have to be a proper connoisseur.

“They were out years before I was born, so yeah, obscure. It’s annoying because they don’t get the attention they deserve. They headlined Glastonbury? I guess it was still a tiny free hippy festival in 2005.”

Ryan’s mum Emma said: “When I was his age I was into seriously alternative bands like The Smiths. They only appeared on Top of the Pops eight times.”

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Toni Basil

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Mickey Rourke

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Sarah Ferguson

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Freddie Mercury

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Tracy-Louise Ward

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Noel Edmonds

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Barbara Bain

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