A Normcore Playlist For the Most Normal Normsters
    • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014

    • Posted by: Matt Howard

    Let's face it, fashion is not our forte. But we, similar to our readers, have eyes and can spot someone dressed like an asshole from a mile away, and believe us, the music world is chock full of em. Apparently, fashion media has grown tired of the age-old 'hipster' classification and is reinventing the culture of careless irony as 'Normcore'. A recent NYMag article described the 'new' style as "self-aware, stylized blandness" that "embraces sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool, rather than striving for 'difference' or 'authenticity.'" Apparently, these urban ninjas believe that dressing like an extra on Boy Meets World camouflages them perfectly within a crowd, when in reality they're about as inconspicuous as a public handjob. Somehow this is all Lena Dunham's fault.

    Now that we've finished ranting about thrift-shop clothing racks, we thought we'd move it over to the cassette tape department. The suffix -core is one that, in the music world, is often haphazardly slapped onto other irrelevant words to describe a sub-genre of music (metal-core, goth-core, ska-core, etc.). Since our nerdliness lives in such "-cores", we thought we'd give this norm thing a spin. We compiled a collection of bands that we feel are far more suitable for this Normcore distinction than the clothing worn by these Caldor cool kids. These normsters' earbuds might be blaring Blood Orange, but their Life is Good t-shirts and backwards Marymount Crew caps tell an entirely different, shitty 90s pop-rock story.

    Counting Crows

    Shut up. Everyone likes this song.

    Dave Matthews Band

    We're willing to bet some of the younger normsters were conceived to this tune.


    This song convinced like all of your parents to buy mini vans.

    Gin Blossoms

    Grunge without heroin-fueled anguish is like Samuel L. Jackson on network TV.

    Bare Naked Ladies

    Is the normal burning yet? Acoustic rap - it'll catch on sooner or later, right?

    Uncle Kracker

    Nope. It won't.


    No need to go to super secret Brooklyn DiY venues to see these guys; you can catch them at your local county fair, with your entire family.


    It's Guy Fieri punk. Don't forget to wear your bowling shirts to Brooklyn Bowl.

    Sixpence None the Richer

    Every guy wants a girl just like Drew Barrymore...

    Goo Goo Dolls

    ...and a hot neighbor like Meg Ryan.

    Matchbox Twenty

    The economy must have been booming for this shit to sell so well.

    Blues Traveler

    We're willing to bet that one in every three of these normcore dorks already carries a harmonica in their overalls.

    Savage Garden

    No more angsty lyrics. Just add melody to a Hallmark card.


    We told you this normster thing is Lena Dunham's fault.

    Hootie and the Blowfish

    And finally, the normster Dalai Lama, Mr. Darrius Rucker.

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