Wheatus Sung The ‘Female Part’ Of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ And People Are Just Realising

People are just finding out how Wheatus sang the 'female part' of 'Teenage Dirtbag'.
Credit: Columbia

People are just finding out how Wheatus sang the ‘female part’ of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’.

The chart-topping hit, which was released in 2000, is one of those songs that when you hear it, you can’t help but sing along to the tune.

One of the most memorable lyrics in the track is ‘I’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiden baby…’, which is sung by a distinct female voice.

But listeners are now shocked to find out that Wheatus’ Brendan B. Brown actually recorded this line.

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Lead singer Brown previously shared with The Guardian that he created the iconic rift to the track that had been in his head since he was in college.

He told the publication that he was ‘staring at the ceiling in a rented apartment’ when he wrote the song and that although it’s ‘fictional’, it’s ‘a bit of scenery’ from his childhood.

Brown wanted the chorus of the song to be ‘defiant’ and believed that he was a dirtbag in the eyes of the authorities, due to an incident which occurred in his neighbourhood where a guy was stabbed by a guy who was wearing an AC/DC shirt – which was a band that Brown supported.

The singer also mentioned how he was inspired by the high school culture of the 80s – such as films like The Breakfast Club – which is why there are both male and female vocals in the track.

Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag
‘Teenage Dirtbag’ is one of those tracks that you can’t help belting out when you hear it. Credit: Columbia

Brown explained: “I went to a boarding school where there were no girls, so there wasn’t even the opportunity for rejection. I was intensely lonely as a teenager – sometimes I would play guitar for 14 hours a day.

“But I had ideas about what a social life was like. I was sort of watching out of the window. ”

With the female vocals on ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, many have wondered who was the guest singer on the track.

But Brown simply achieved this by adjusting his pitch between the lines – which you can see below:

Fans have reacted to this revelation on social media.

One person comments: “The fellow female bandmate’s face when he sings the girl part of the verse is priceless haha.”

Another person says: “They seriously killed this. Everybody talking about how he did the female part. I’d argue no one could do it better.”

“I was today years old when I learned this,” shares a third.

Somebody else writes: “It seems obvious NOW but no I had no clue.”

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Explaining why Brown decided to sing both parts, he told The Guardian: “The boyfriend character was based on a nameless conglomeration of the many d****ebag bullies who wanted to show you their father’s gun.

“I sang both the male and female parts because, when I was getting beat up, a lot of bullies were homophobic. I wanted to irritate them by putting on a female voice.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.