Need a pep talk before you hit the hallways and the books this fall? Buzznet asked some of your favorite musicians about their high school experience. Bassist Ricky Horror tells you all about the "popular" crowd, awful dance experiences and the Davey Havok quote that helped him pull through tough times.
My best subject in high school was definitely Video Production. I ended up going to college to pursue a career in film because of that class. My worst class was history. My teacher had the most monotonous voice, and she hated me for some reason. Maybe it's because I made fun of her wearing hiking boots with her work clothes everyday...
Did you ever have a crush on one of your teachers?
I did have a crush on a substitute teacher that my literature class had for about a week. Then word got out that she was a Victoria Secret model years before then. No wonder.
What was the geekiest thing you did in High School?
I guess the geekiest thing for me was doing a lot of editing and flash animation. I wasn't really "geeky", but I had a huge fascination with graphic art.
Have you ever left a note in someone's locker? If so, what did it say?
I actually never had the urge to put a note in someone's locker. I feel like that's something a lot of girls did at my school with their friends. Which, now that I think about it, made no sense because we all had cell phones.
What's your favorite coming-of-age movie?
One of my most favorite coming-of-age movies is "Big" with Tom Hanks. You would never think it to be one of those movies you could watch nx, over and over, but my little sister and I used to do just that when we were younger. Oh, and Sandlot!
What is the most annoying thing about being in high school?
THE most annoying thing in high school for me was the "popular" crowd. The biggest misconception that those people have about themselves is that they're better than anyone else. Most of those people now are working in bars or fast food joints, even after they graduated college. Glad to see being cool in school got them somewhere in life.
Who is your favorite fictional outcast?
My favorite fictional outcast is Charlie from "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower". That book is still one of my favorites. The way he deals with his experiences growing up is pure gold.
Did you have any unrequited loves in high school?
I was really good friends with this girl back when I was a Junior. I had a huge crush on her and I wanted to be with her, so I did everything possible to get her to like me back. When things didn't go the way I wanted, I ended up dating her best friend for two years. Karma bit me hard in the ass after that ended.
Did you go to your high school prom?
I didn't go to my high school prom. I went to one school dance when I was a sophomore, and vowed to never go to another. It was that bad.
What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?
Oh boy. I used to have long, very wavy, hair. The worst thing I ever let my mom talk me into was giving me a perm. Dead serious....Jerry curls. That's about as far into that as I'd like to elaborate haha.
What was the best part of being in high school?
Best part of high school was friends, of course. Probably lunch. That's when we all got together and just hung out.
What advice would you give kids who are nervous about their first day of school?
I think Davey Havok said it the best when he said "As you get older you will gain a bit more control over everything. Don't let anyone, even your parents, break you. Find good people who care about you and surround yourself with just them. If you can't find them at first, find good music and fall into it and let it hold you until they come..." That quote helped me so much. I hope it can do wonders for someone else as well.