Battle of the High School Bands: Meet the Judges

Extra Credit

Friday, June 07, 2013

Hey, we love your band. Seriously. And we want to share it with the world. That’s why we’re launching Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands. Whether you're in high school now or packed up your Stratocaster long ago, our celebrity judges, Andrew W.K. and Thao Nguyen (of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down), want to hear you rock.

Post your band's best track to our SoundCloud page by July 21. Andrew and Thao will choose a winner and perform a cover of the winning song. We’ll also play some of our favorites on the show and put together a killer playlist.

Our judges come battle-tested by the tribulations of high school. Andrew W.K., the self-described “partiest man alive,” played in his Ann Arbor school’s jazz band, as well as bass and drums in several groups outside of school. His greatest success was his biggest failure. “It was a tribute written for this beautiful young lady I had a crush on,” he tells Kurt Andersen. Andrew has a certain way of making a tribute sound like a threat, and “long story short, a juvenile restraining order was put on me. The whole school had made copies of this cassette.”

Thao stayed on the right side of the law, but suffered humiliation of her own as her band placed second at the talent show, behind an all-vibraphone cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.” (Can this be a true story? We’re taking her word for it.) Thao and Andrew are hoping you’ll share your band’s jams, no matter how embarrassing they may be. “I think there’s a looseness that can’t ever be replicated,” Thao says about high school bands. “That’s the energy that makes anything worthwhile.”

Enter Studio 360's Battle of the High School BandsStudio 360's Battle of the High School Bands

Whether you're in school now, or graduated when "Blue Suede Shoes" was on the charts, we want to hear your high school band's best original song. And we're teaming up with Andrew W.K. and Thao Nguyen to share it with the world.

→ Send us your song and hear the other entries


Bonus Track: Andrew W.K.’s “My Destiny”


    Music Playlist
  1. High School
    Artist: MC5
    Album: Back in the USA
    Label: Rhino Atlantic
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Party Hard
    Artist: Andrew W.K
    Album: I Get Wet
    Label: Island Records
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)
    Artist: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
    Album: We the Common
    Label: Domino Recording Co.
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. All Those Things
    Artist: Other Girls
    Album: Live in Studio 360


Thao Nguyen and Andrew W.K.

Produced by:

Sean Rameswaram

Comments [2]

Adam Birce from Richmond, VA

Great to hear Andrew on Studio 360...huge fan! Good luck on your 24 hour drum off!!! Big love from the boys from Lynchburg (Cullen, Daniel, Adam, the Jeff's, at. al)!!

Jun. 20 2013 01:49 PM
thatgirl from Manhattan

So can Nguyen admit she doesn't know the difference between the signature guitar riff of "Cocaine" from "Sunshine of Your Love"? It might have been okay back in high school (unless you claimed to know something about rock), but during your interview?

Can't believe you didn't call her on that in the interview, Kurt.

Jun. 10 2013 08:32 PM

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