Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Pretty Vicious' Soundtrack to Being 'Young and Reckless,' With Pearl Jam & More

Pretty Vicious
Simon Sarin

Pretty Vicious

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.

Since gathering attention on the British rock scene in 2015, Pretty Vicious have been dubbed "an unruly gang of teenagers," establishing a gritty sound and racuous spirit with songs like "Are You Ready For Me" and "Ain't No Fun." Their fearlessness is now making waves in America, as Pretty Vicious signed with Big Machine/John Varvatos Records last year and scored their first Top 30 hit on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart with "Move."

One thing that makes Pretty Vicious so endearing is their youthful energy, which may be so infectious because the guys are actually rather young themselves. All under the age of 21, the Pretty Vicious guys (singer Brad Griffiths, drummer Elliot Jones, bassist Jarvis Morgan and guitarist Tom McCarthy) seek inspiration from their own teenage experiences, channeling that into guitar-heavy rock and roll. So when the Welsh rock group put together a playlist for Takeover Tuesday, they sought out artists and songs with similar essence.

"The theme of youth and what it’s like to be young, reckless & sometimes stupid is a big part of our records, so this is a collection of songs that we feel either encapsulate or inspire that theme," Jones says in a statement. "It doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to be about what it’s like to be young, but it’s about how they affected us growing up and how they made us feel and in some cases were just the soundtrack to our lives at a certain point."

That soundtrack features songs by rock groups both classic and current, from Pearl Jam and The Cure to Circa Waves and Arctic Monkeys. There's also a track from The Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop ("Lust For Life"), as well as early hits from Dave Matthews Band (1998's "Stay") and Cage The Elephant (2008's "In One Ear"), and plenty more rock where those came from.

The 20 songs all come together for a rowdy display of Pretty Vicious' biggest inspirations, giving fans a taste of what sounds might be reflected on the group's full-length album, which is due later this spring.

Check out Pretty Vicious' youth-inspired Takeover Tuesday playlist below.


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