In middle school, it was Rocky Horror. In high school, it was RENT. RENT is what passes for counterculture these days. A 19th century musical about tuberculosis stripped of its dignity and painted up with AIDS and cheap whore makeup. Every white suburban kid with a DVD player goes absolutely bonkers for this travesty, and such a reaction probably stems from the darkest, deepest part of the brain known as liberal guilt. Of course they don't want to pay their rent. They're too busy buying smack and singing about how tortured they are by their artistic spirits. Give me a break.
RENThead: do you want to watch RENT with me?
me: what?? no, i'm leaving
RENThead: we're on a moving bus
me: PAVEMENT IS MORE APPEALING