It’s largely taken for granted that, as we grow older, we move on from the music we liked in our youth. There might be some records or bands that stay with us, but odds are that we’ll look back upon our first musical loves with something approaching horror – especially if you’re the sort who lives and dies by the underground. So, I thought it would make an interesting piece of writing to go back and listen to some old favourites for the first time in about 15 years, and see if they hold up at all. This means that those records I liked at that time and still listen to – such as The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails, or anything by Cradle of Filth, or the first two Placebo records, or Kid606’s GQ on the EQ++ (a song from that compilation gives this article its title) – are naturally exempted from this exercise, as are those bands that I’ve had exposure to in recent years via something close to cultural osmosis and enduring mainstream status (such as Green Day or Blink 182). This is about going in with older and, perhaps, wiser ears, and seeing if anything I’ve discarded from my youth is worthy of remembering; or if I stopped listening to it for good reason. So. Here we go.