This isn’t about shame, this isn’t about justifications, this is about saying “Hey, I was more innocent and naive back then, it is what it is”
Here’s a song called Clinic which I wrote and recorded when I was 16. It was the first time I’d used any digital recording software and found the whole thing ridiculously exciting. I used a lot of the free samples they included at the end of the Genius single by Pitchshifter. Mostly just wanted to shock people with the shouting and gross them out.
At 17 I was lead guitarist in the imaginatively titled ‘Virus’. The rest of the band really liked Pearl Jam, The Stereophonics and a lot of MOR American radio rock. I liked KoRn and Beck. Unfortunately (though understandably), they were the only people who wanted to be in a band with me, so I made the best of the situation.