Shirley Manson: I was in Edinburgh, Scotland, and I was the furthest from the term ‘Sweet 16’ as you could possibly imagine.
I was in the throws of my real teen rebellion.
I had dreams of becoming an actress, and I put most of my energies into that.
In primary school I really loved it and was a good student. A very dedicated, serious soul.
But when I went to secondary school I was unfortunate enough to have a crazy girl in my class.
She was really physically big and intimidating, and she came from a really hard part of town. She basically bullied me.
It wasn’t actually for that long, but it felt like an eternity at that age. For about a year it went on.
Although, mercifully for me, she got pregnant and then left school, I was relieved of my torturer,
Shirley Manson but she had robbed any kind of joy that I had gleamed from being there.
I was skiving school and hanging out with older boys.
Smoking, drinking and starting to experiment with drugs.
I was just sort of wild. My hair literally looked like a birds nest, but I thought I was cool as shit.
There was a female singer in Edinburgh at the time in a band called Hey Elastica. I was kind of obsessed with her.
The people I was hanging around with in an extracurricular fashion were not people who stuck around [as friends for life].
I realised they were kind of mildly self-destructive.
A lot of them were really from a hard background,
they defined themselves as punks or mods or whatever was happening around then.
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