Video Hangover: Puddle Of Mudd – “She Fucking Hates Me”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“She Fucking Hates Me”
Puddle of Mudd, 2002

All right, Puddle of Mudd – you don’t like me, and I don’t like you. Let’s just get that out of the way up front.

For a band that spells mud with two d’s, the Puddle take what might, in some nu-metal circles, be considered a sophisticated approach to male grief and social disenfranchisement at the hands of capricious high-school girls. Girls like Lila Garrity, who would NEVER EVER HOOK UP WITH YOU, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU SHOW UP DRUNK AT HER CHURCH. Right — so it’s not easy being rejected by anyone, and boys, being somewhat blunt instruments to begin with, require space in which to grieve in their own unique way. Like a classroom, for example, or the kitchen at the Alamo Freeze. Puddle of Mudd totally gets it, and that’s why they’re able to write such insightful lyrics. But the last thing I expected was to see QB1 pull a Richie Tenenbaum and run weeping off the field. He tries to tackle his own running back, for fuck’s sake! Coach Taylor would be apoplectic (even though, deep down, he’d be super-sympathetic about it, and much more understanding than, say, your Dad, who is also an alcoholic). The point of the story is, you’ve got some maturing to do if you think you’re going to make it to State this year.

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