Marina and the Diamonds recently performed Teen Idle live at the Tabernacle in London and a rather lovely video has just been uploaded to her YouYube channel. She also recently spoke about the track and what it means to her..
I originally got the idea for the song seeing a jumper at a fashion show that had huge holes on it with “TEEN IDLE” emblazoned across the front. Lyrically, it’s a strange song as it crosses polar opposite themes – innocence and darkness. I had waited a long time to write that song and it helped me acknowledge some experiences that I’d had in my teenage years. Ages 16-20 were kind of blackout years for me- Like I didn’t even live them or they didn’t belong to my life. I don’t really remember them. It’s most definitely one of my fan base’s favorite songs on Electra Heart. I’m really proud of it. The nicest thing about being an artist is realizing that a feeling or experience you had that you always thought was really obscure or embarrassing, is in fact very common, and that we all deal with pretty much the same stuff in one way or another.
Marina kicks off her tour with Coldplay tonight and then we’ll get some solo Marina action Stateside in a few weeks time. Are you ready?