20 thoughts on “And we got nothing to be guilty of… (Part 6)

  1. Way back, when I used to listen to Capital Radio in the mornings (before Sean Keaveny became my preferred morning wake-up call; on non-work days, it’s Radio 4), Chris Tarrant told an outrageous lie about Kylies being Australian slang for incontinence pants. Then you really could drop your minogues.

  2. The Lene tune was pretty enjoyable, but it was blended in with “Jazz At Massey Hall” coming from the record player at the same time……which may have given it some extra gravitas….!

  3. “It’s your doody, doody, to shake that boody, boody.” Wise words indeed. Didn’t I read that first in The Female Eunuch? Probably not. It may, however, actually be in the recent Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim, which is severely depressing.
    How about an antidote of Kirsty MacColl’s What Do Pretty Girls Do?

    • Bless you, Chris. I do appreciate you persevering with this sh*t even though you’re unlikely ever to like any of it. I suppose that line could be kind of depressing – I’ve always just read the whole thing as a bit more tongue-in-cheek, “anything goes” than “use your sexuality to get ahead”. I was kind of tempted to read that Honey Money book – interesting or just depressing?

      Ah Kirsty, someone we can agree on!

      • I wish I could resist, bish!
        I haven’t read either book, if I’m honest, but the Honey Money one sounds more than a little retrograde (well, in Guardian reviews it does).
        As a heterosexual male, I’d love to have women shaking their bits at me, of course, but, as that has never happened (and never will), my feminist tendencies must be driven in part by envy, I’m sure. But I do find facts such as the ambition of the majority of young Italian women is to be a TV showgirl godawful.

    • A spot of Kirsty MacColl is always welcome.

      Incidentally, I have read The Female Eunuch, and I have to say that, immensely worthy though it is, I remember it as being rather hard going, extraordinarily strident, and very much of its time.

  4. No… not really doing it for me… I think our record collections’ spooky connection got its lines crossed with this one.

    Although I feel it is my “doody, doody” to inform you all that the shameless Sheddi is actually quite fond of Aqua (although he bought the album for “Barbie Girl”, he can’t decide whether “Doctor Jones” – Aaaargh! – “Turn Back Time” or “Around the World” is his actual favourite). A quick skip through Aquarium (carefully skipping straight past “Doctor Jones”, which I personally find abhorrent) reveals a surprising range of tuneage, with at least one of the less dancey ones reminding me of The Bangles.

    “Barbie Girl” deserves a paragraph of its own. It’s a novelty song – obviously – but I do, sort of, like it. Possibly just because of the way it pokes fun at the whole fashion doll thing. And I do sort of like some of the simplistic rhymes. Our kids, however, take it at face value. Both son and daughter found the video and the song enthralling, and we have often been treated to exhortations for Barbie to “Let’s go party!” from both son and daughter.

    Definitely agree with you about the cringeworthiness of Billy Bragg’s attempt at pansexual politics.

  5. can anyone tell me how the ace Lykke Li went from from the brilliant, in control:

    ‘I’m good, I’m gone’

    And if you say I’m not OK
    We must go
    If you say there ain’t no way that i could know
    If you say i aim too high from down below
    Well, say you’re not ’cause when i’m gone
    You’ll be callin’ but i won’t be at the phone


    Get Some:

    I’m your prostitute, you gon’ get some
    Like a shotgun needs an outcome
    I’m your prostitute, you gon’ get some

    it’s not big, it’s not clever and really makes me feel sick… luckily I don’t have time for a real rant about this.. but who thinks that’s a good song idea? who thought it was an interesting lyric? – what’s that about? *sigh*

    • It’s clumsy, but still think she’s trying to say she’s in control. For better or worse, it certainly got her some attention out here.

      As for this series: Not heard anything yet that I’d go out of my way to listen to, anything I’d go out of my way to avoid or anything to be guilty about. No harm, no foul. Toffeeboy’s “History Of Pop” wasn’t really a history of pop.

      Does make me miss Frogprincess, our original queen of cheese. Shameless, enthusiastic & convincing when it came to supposedly guilty music.

  6. I thought better of you, bish, I’m sorry to say….”Unmitigated shite”? Barbie Girl was a great song! A wry satire on sexual politics wrapped up as plastic pop. And Dr Jones? OK, no politics there, but Dr Jones was banging – and I’m not even someone who demands of his tunes that they bang, but it had a feel-good, wedding disco glory about it. No irony, and certainly no guilt – in fact, I was let down by their attempt to go artistically credible because they’d nailed it with those two tracks.

    • It was too well wrapped up, May. The undercover agent had crossed to the other side. Or something. (I have “Duplicity” on in the background…)

      • Ah yes, the dangers of going deep cover – Donnie Brasco, Infernal Affairs, that sort of thing. But listen – “I’m a blonde bimbo girl in a fantasy world” – that’s not exactly celebratory. I find it colossally dark, and I think knowingly so. It’s like when in Spiral they uncover an Eastern European prostitute-traffocking operation in the banlieu but put through a Day-Glo tie-dye.

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