Ahead of the the 20th anniversary of her debut studio album Let Go, Avril Lavigne has reflected on her early days as a musician.
In an interview with The Guardian, Lavigne spoke about her 2002 breakthrough album Let Go, which featured hits like “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” and “I’m with You”.
“I was getting out of high school and I just wanted to rock out,” said the Canadian singer-songwriter. “I want loud guitars, I want live drums . I want to write about the crazy stuff, the insane emotions, the good and the bad.”
Before working on her debut album, Lavigne had been performing country music and performed onstage with fellow Canadian musician Shania Twain after winning a contest at 16. However, after getting signed by Arista Records, she moved to California and begin working on Let Go.
“I didn’t even know what Hollywood was or what record deals were,” Lavigne recalls.
Looking back on the album, which will be re-released this year, Lavigne now sees it as a time capsule of her life as a teenager breaking into the industry.
“I wrote this album right when I got out of high school and now I get to hear these lyrics of me talking about my small town and my obsession with skater boys,” she said. “Even things like in ‘My World,’ I literally talk about the fact that I got fired by a ‘fried chicken ass’ I worked for at a fried chicken chain.”
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