21 Old Songs That Only True Twenty One Pilots Fans Will Know

21 Old Songs That Only True Twenty One Pilots Fans Will Know

There was a time before "Blurryface." And it was great.
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Before there were "Vessel" and "BlurryFace" and even "Three Songs," Twenty One Pilots and Tyler Joseph himself created some very beautiful work. While old songs like Kitchen Sink and Addict With A Pen are more popular among newer Twenty One Pilots' fans, you have to be a true fan to know these songs.

A Car, A Torch, A Death - Twenty One Pilots

This song is one of those ones where you start to realize what the song is about at the very end and then want to listen to it again.

Anathema - Regional At Best

Just when you think that maybe this song is going to be kind of slow and not like the duo's typical style, they throw in an intense rap at the end. Just how we like it.

Be Concerned ft. Jocef - Regional At Best

This song is interesting because if you listened to it right when it came out, it was tough to decipher who the second voice in the song is. This song is truly beautiful.

Before You Start Your Day - Twenty One Pilots

Another slow song that isn't what you'd typically peg a for a TOP song. However, the soft and slow melody that goes into the beautiful build up at the end makes the different sound totally worth it.

Blasphemy - No Phun Intended

This is the first example on this list of some re-purposed lyrics. The first verse of this song is the rap verse in Anathema. Although No Phun Intended was Tyler Joseph's album and never gained a ton of popularity, he realized such well-written lyrics needed to be put into a different song.

Clear - Regional At Best

I think this song has, bar Kitchen Sink, one of the most powerful bridges in all of their music. When he starts yell-singing, "I will tell you what I can" the song hits a high and it is unbelievable.

Drown - No Phun Intended

Drown's lyrics are re-purposed on a song that is not on this list, Fall Away. Fall away is one of their more well-known songs from Regional At Best. If you love the, "every time I feel selfish ambition is taking my vision" verse in "Fall Away," check out "Drown." The verse is expanded upon amazingly.

Forest - Regional At Best

Forest is one of my all time favorite TOP songs. Fun fact: there is a video of Tyler speaking the lyrics to this song on a street on YouTube that makes the song all the more wonderful.

Glowing Eyes - Regional At Best

This one is a very upbeat, fun song... But you always know those types of songs have an even deeper meaning. Definitely a fun one that makes you dance around and then think.

Hole In The Ground - No Phun Intended

Unfortunately, no lyrics were taken from this song and put into newer material... Here's hoping for their next album?

Implicit Demand For Proof - Twenty One Pilots

While the lyrics to this song are both thought-provoking and beautiful, one of the best parts of it is the piano lead up into the powerful instrumental. The part before the lyrics start might be the best part of the song. (But "rain down and destroy me" might be a close second.)

Isle Of Flightless Birds - Twenty One Pilots

All of their songs are up to personal interpretation, but I think this is one of their more clearly religious songs. No matter how you interpret it, the final verse is incredibly powerful.

Johnny Boy - Twenty One Pilots

Johnny Boy is probably one of their more popular old songs, but I simply couldn't leave out this one. "I will carry all your names and I will carry all your shame" is arguably one of the most powerful verses in all of their music. This song is so, so amazing.

Lovely - Regional At Best

The "stay alive" theme of Twenty One Pilots is prevalent in so much of their music, and it definitely makes an appearance in this song. Such an upbeat and amazing song.

The Pantaloon - Twenty One Pilots

Just like Lovely is a beginning of the "stay alive" theme, The Pantaloon hits off the "lose your mind" theme. This is another one you'll sing 20 times and then finally say, "oh, that's what this is about!"

Ruby - Twenty One Pilots

"Ruby" is a beautiful song that has a very ambiguous meaning. I've heard it is about a young girl with some sort of disease that went to his church, and others have heard other things. Regardless of the meaning, it is some beautiful lyrical work with one of the best "screams" in their music.

Save - No Phun Intended

It is no secret that Tyler's pre-TOP music is some amazing work, and this one is no exception.

Slowtown - Regional At Best

What does "Slowtown" have in common with "Lane Boy," "Kitchen Sink," "Stressed Out" and probably others? It makes a reference to his brother Zack. This is one of the first times he's referenced, and it is always really cool when he brings his family into the music.

Street Poetry - Tyler Joseph Youtube

"Street Poetry" is one of my favorite TOP-related things. It is a really hauntingly beautiful video of Tyler reciting poetry while walking down the street. in what looks like Uptown Westerville in Ohio. The cool thing for the people who knew about this video was that "HeavyDirtySoul" uses the words from "Street Poetry" as lyrics.

Taken By Sleep - No Phun Intended

This song is probably one of the saddest of Tyler's solo music, and the band's as well. This song seems to be about a friend who has committed suicide and is incredibly, incredibly deep.

Tonight - No Phun Intended

To top off this list is one of my very favorites, "Tonight." This song is one of the easier ones to interpret but still not enough so that you can't draw your own conclusions. Tyler has been a genius since the beginning.


If you're a new Twenty One Pilots fan who only knows their new stuff, I urge you to check out their old music. And if you've been following them forever and have loved these songs for years, be happy you've experienced such amazing music for that long.

Cover Image Credit: Twenty One Pilots' Instagram

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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