Geek Smithology

November 19, 2005

MP3otW – Ironclad by Sleater-Kinney

Filed under: MP3 of the Week by Nathan @ 4:38 pm

There are fewer musical crimes more egregious than the sentimental over-produced pap put out by such luminaries as New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys. Manufactured to do nothing more than manipulate your emotions through lazy electronic hooks and sappy intelligence insulting vocals, boy bands are at best. But sex, even in the form of vague pubescent crushes involving the buying of posters and magazines with the word “Teen” in the title, sells. At least in the 60’s girls were swooning over John, Paul, and George[1] who were brilliant musicians in addition to being “cute”.

There were faux punk bands affecting rebellion, many of which were no more relevent or less manufactured than those they professed to hate, but the real rebellion came from the ladies with the Riot Grrrl movement. The academics called it “feminist resistance to male domination in society and especially to the abuse and harassment of women,” and there was a new energy. You wouldn’t dare objectify the girls of Bikini Kill or Bratmobile, and listening to true feminist lyrics exposes the “Girl Power” of the Spice Girls as the tripe it is (or was, as the case may be.)

One of the bands that formed in the mid-90’s to kick some ass was Sleater-Kinney. A little rough around the edges, they were one of many cures for the Britney Blues, and you probably haven’t heard of them[2]. But enough rambling. The song is Ironclad, from their fifth disc, All Hands on the Bad One. You know you love it.

[1] Let’s face it – nobody swooned because of Ringo
[2] Just like Metallica, by the time they hit the mainstream, the rabid fans will be waxing poetic about the old days before the band sold out.

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