Fuck Yeah, Ladies! 2.0 - Your Soundtrack as you Kick Ass, Take Names, and Claim your Iron Throne.

"Bad Girls" - M.I.A.

Live fast, die young / Bad girls do it well.

"The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" - Marianne Faithfull

At the age of thirty-seven / She realised she'd never / Ride through Paris in a sports car / With the warm wind in her hair.

"Battle Cry" - Angel Haze ft. Sia

You only get one moment in this life to be great / And you give it your all despite what it takes / And you never let 'em kill you, you take everything they give you / And throw it right fuckin' at 'em and tell 'em it doesn't build you / And no it don't ever break you, and no it can't overtake you.

"Beast" - Nico Vega

Keep it real for the people workin' overtime / They can't stay living off the government dime.

"Big Hoops" - Nelly Furtado

I've got my big hoops on.

"Birthday" - Andrea Gibson

You still have to fall for the prettiest girl on the playground at recess / And hope she knows you can hit a baseball further than any boy in the whole third grade.

"Blinding" - Florence + the Machine

No more dreaming like a girl so in love with the wrong world.

"Bottom of the River" - Delta Rae

Ooh baby it's a long way down / A long way down.

"Can't Hold Us Down" - Christina Aguilera

If you look back in history / It's a common double standard of society / The guy gets all the glory the more he can score / While the girl can do the same and yet you call her a whore.

"Cry Baby" - Allison Iraheta

So cry, cry baby.

"Dark Storm" - The Jezebels

Though I was equipped with a rainship / And a fireship and a starship, all come to dance.

"The Decision" - Hans Zimmer

Thelma Dickerson: OK, then listen; let's not get caught. 
Louise Sawyer: What're you talkin' about? 
Thelma Dickerson: Let's keep goin'!


"Dirty Deeds" - Joan Jett

Dirty deeds / Done dirt cheap.

"Do It Like A Dude" - Jessie J

We can do it like the men.

"Edge of Seventeen" - Stevie Nicks

And so with the slow graceful / Flow of age, I went forth with an / Age old desire to please / On the edge of seventeen.

"Fight Like A Girl" - Emilie Autumn

I'll take my revenge on the world.

"Fuckin' Perfect" - Pink

Don't you ever, ever feel / Like you're less than fucking perfect.

"Gold Guns Girls" - Metric

[Anne] Bonny did not disguise herself as a man aboard the Revenge as is often claimed. She took part in combat alongside the men, and the accounts of her exploits present her as competent, effective in combat, and respected by her shipmates. Her name and gender were known to all from the start. - Wikipedia

"Hard Out Here" - Lily Allen


"Hell on Heels" - Pistol Annies

I'm hell on heels / Baby, I'm coming for you.

"I Put A Spell On You" - Nina Simone

I put a spell on you / And now you're mine.

"I'm Sorry" - Flyleaf

I'm falling / I'm shedding my skin.

"Imperfection" - Saving Jane

Don't mess with imperfection.

"Invincible" - Pat Benatar

We have a right to be angry.

"The Jewelry Store" - Andrea Gibson

Now ask me what I am.

"Kat's Sacrifice" - Bear McCreary


"Kyoto" - Skrillex ft. Sirah


"Ladylike" - Storm Large

What the fuck is ladylike / If ladies like to do / What the fuck they like / Just like you?

"Let It Go" - Idina Mindzel

I'll rise like the break of dawn / Let it go, let it go / That perfect girl is gone.

"Liza" - Joan Armatrading

Don't hang around with Liza / She's from the other side of town.

"Map of Tasmania" - Amanda Palmer

I say grow that shit like a jungle / Give 'em something strong to hold onto / Let it fly in the open wind / If you get too bushy, you can trim.

"Mother of Dragons" - Ramin Djimaldi

“Eagle hunting in my family began with my father, Murat, who learned the traditions from elders in Almaty region,” said Makpal, who became involved at the age of 13.  ....The Kazakh eagle is one of the world’s fiercest, with a wingspan of 6.6 feet, razor-sharp talons and the ability to dive at the speed of an express train — up to 190 miles per hour.

Makpal, 25, recently completed her lawyer education in Karaganda. Asked how she plans to combine office work with bird handling, she said “I don’t need to give up being a berkutchi. I will do both things at once.” - Reuters


"Mz. Hyde" - Halestorm

I can be the bitch / I can play the whore / Or your fairytale princess who could ask for more / A touch of wicked / A pinch of risqué / Good girl gone bad, my poison is your remedy / Better be scared, better be afraid / Now that the beast is out of her cage.... Boy, you better run for your life!

"Nobody's Daughter" - Hole

Don't try to win / It will only end in disgrace.

"Not A Pretty Girl" - Ani DiFranco

I'm not a pretty girl / That is not what I do / I am no damsel in distress / And I don't need to be rescued / So put me down, punk / Wouldn't you prefer a maiden fair?

"Piece of My Heart" - Haley Reinhart

So come on, come on, come on.

"Pretty Good Year" - Tori Amos

They say you were something in those formative years.

"Putin Lights Up The Fires" - Pussy Riot

The state time in prison / The more arrests - the less happiness / And every arrest - with the love of a sexist.

"Raise Your Glass" - Pink

We will never be, ever be / Anything but loud / And nitty-gritty / Dirty little freaks.

"Run the World (Girls)" - Beyonce

Who runs the world? Girls.

"Salute" - Little Mix

Ladies all around the world / Listen up, we're looking for recruits / Get your killer keels / Sneakers, pumps / Or lace up your boots / Representing all the women / Salute, salute.

"She's So Hard" - The Jezebels

I'm all out for the war / I guess love wasn't what I'm looking for / I don't care when you cry / I think self-pity is a state of mind / I'm so hard / I'm so hard.

"Show Stopper" - Peaches

I command the floor.

"Sinnerman" - Nina Simone

And the Lord said / Run to the devil.

"Society Song" - Sarah Slean

Please don't waste your pity votes on me.

"Stupid Girls" - Pink

What happened to the dream of a girl president?

"Take a Hint" - Elizabeth Gillies and Victoria Justice

Get your hands off my - / Or I'll punch you in the -

"Thank God I'm Pretty" - Emilie Autumn

Thank God I'm pretty / The occasional free drink I never ask for.

"That's Alright" - Laura Mvula

I will never be what you want / And that's alright / 'Cause my skin ain't light / And my body ain't tight / And that's alright.

"Tightrope" - Janelle Monae

They're try'na take all your dreams / But baby you can't allow it.

"Titanium" - Sia

You shoot me down / But I won't fall / I am titanium.

"Touch the Sky" - Brave Soundtrack

I will ride, I will fly / Chase the wind and touch the sky.

"Versions of Violence" - Alanis Morisette

These versions of violence / Sometimes subtle / Sometimes clear.

"Video" - India Arie

I know my creator didn't make no mistakes on me.

"Walmart" - Andrea Gibsons

Your ignorance bores me.

"Werkin' Girls" - Angel Haze

I'm Rambo.

"What A Way to Wanna Be" - Shania Twain

Just do your best / 'Cause nobody's perfect.

"You Call Me a Bitch Like It's a Bad Thing" - Halestorm

You call me a bitch like that's a bad thing / You call me a freak like that means something.

*BONUS TRACK*


Song - 'Show Must Go On' by Queen

There is something about Show Must Go On that breaks my heart each and every time. Much like Who Wants to Live Forever, it makes me think of Freddie, of immortality and foreknowledge and acceptance and, most of all, greatness that will never be forgotten.

Sonically, it's sweeping and operatic; it does things to my stupid romantic heart, and makes me want to stand on a clifftop and sing. It's nostalgic, something that I've always both loved and found it hard to deal with. It feels like standing on the edge of a precipice; something, you can feel, is about to end, and yet, even in the face of adversity -

Show must go on.
Show must go on.
Inside my heart is breaking,
My makeup may be flaking but my smile still stays on.

Whatever happens,
I'll leave it all to chance,
Another heartache,
Another failed romance.
On and on,
Does anybody know what we are living for?


It's each and every child's/teenager's/young adult's anthem, in a strange sense. Heartbreak all around, yet still soldiering through. It's dramatic and majestic and a bit self-aggrandizing and seriously, who doesn't love that? Because you can see the men who wrote it - the magnifiscent, genius men, and the incomparable, brilliantly talented man who sang it so close to the end of his life.

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,
Fairy tales of yesterday,
Will grow but never die,
I can fly, my friends!

Show must go on!


I think it's a terror that a lot of people feel - both that they will buckle under the pressure and be unable to carry on (see what I did there?), and that after they are gone, all they they were will sink into the earth and there will be nothing to mark their having existed.

But as another wonderful band once wrote, Oh how wrong we were to think immortality meant never dying.

Writing Music

All writers and artists go about their process somewhat differently from one another, but I believe there's at least a small portion of us who enjoy music while we create. These area few songs I almost always have on rotation.

1) The Moment I Said It
Or anything by Imogen Heap



2) My Medea
Or anything by Vienna Teng



3) Michel
Or anything by Anouk



4) Almost Lover
Or anything by A Fine Frenzy



5) Breathe Me
Or anything by Sia



6) I Need to Know
Kris Allen



7) Braveheart Soundtrack
James Horner



8) Dead End Driving
Or anything by Ari Hest



9) Precious Things
Or anything by Tori Amos



10) Blood Diamond Soundtrack
James Newton Howard



11) The Eagle Soundtrack
Atli Örvarsson



12) Wrecking Ball
Or anything by Chris Pureka



13) Mace Spray
Or anything by The Jezebels

Fuck Yeah, Ladies! - Songs About, By, and For the Sake of Empowering Women


"Asking For It" - Hole [WARNING: RAPE]

“We had just gotten off tour with Mudhoney, and I decided to stage-dive. I was wearing a dress and I didn’t realize what I was engendering in the audience. It was a huge audience and they were kind of going ape-shit. So I just dove off the stage, and suddenly, it was like my dress was being torn off of me, my underwear was being torn off of me, people were putting their fingers inside of me and grabbing my breasts really hard, screaming things in my ears like “pussy-whore-cunt”. When I got back onstage I was naked. I felt like Karen Finley. But the worst thing of all was that I saw a photograph of it later. Someone took a picture of me right when this was happening, and I had this big smile on my face like I was pretending it wasn’t happening. So later I wrote a song called “Asking For It” based on the whole experience. I can’t compare it to rape because it’s not the same. But in a way it was. I was raped by an audience, figuratively, literally, and yet, was I asking for it?”  - Courtney Love

[SOMEWHAT MORE GRAPHIC IMAGE I WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO INCLUDE BEFORE REALIZING IT COULD BE TRIGGERY. IT IS OF THE INCIDENT ABOVE.]

"Babelogue" - Patti Smith

The punk-rock wordsmith goddess, as she's sometimes called, does amazing things with lyrics and poetry. Just because this list would have felt wrong without her, here she is putting her all into a performance of the spoken word.

"Bad Reputation" - Joan Jett

"I figured out it was a social thing, what women were allowed to do. At a very young age, I decided I was not going to follow women's rules." - Joan Jett

As the story goes, Joan Jett was kicked out of the office of every major label record company in the country without being given a chance. 'You're too tough-looking,' they said. 'Lose the guitar,' they said. 'Fuck that,' Joan Jett said. She started her own label, formed her own band, and became a legend.


"Blue Blanket" - Andrea Gibson [WARNING: RAPE]

"She's not asking what you're gonna tell your daughter
She's asking what you're gonna teach your son."
- Andrea Gibson, "Blue Blanket"

"Boadicea" - Enya

"Boudica was queen of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire." - Wikipedia

"Boys Wanna Be Her" - Peaches

"Stand tall
Doll,
You make them feel so small."
- Peaches, "Boys Wanna Be Her"


"Cherry Bomb" - The Runaways

They were a bunch of teenagers on stage in sometimes little more than lingerie. They were one of the first all-women hard rock bands ever to exist. They were the first stage appearance of Joan Jett. They were wild and sexy and pretty unashamed of it. They were damn good on their instruments.  People spit on them, screamed abuse at them, called them whores. They were, let's face it, pretty badass.

"City Hall" - Vienna Teng

"Oh, oh, oh
Me and my baby drivin' down
To a hilly seaside town in the rainy fog
Oh, oh, oh
Me and and my baby stand in line
You've never seen a sight so fine
As the love that's gonna shine
In city hall."
- Vienna Teng, "City Hall"


"Cold War" - Janelle Monae

"So you think I'm alone
That being alone's the only way to be?"
- Janelle Monae, "Cold War"


"Cry Baby" - Janis Joplin

She was troubled and amazing and a giant hippie and had the best voice and the most soul I have ever heard in my entire life. And this song is kind of necessary, because we're not always tough and independent. Sometimes shit sucks, and you're left behind, and you just need to wail. Poetically.

"Cumdumpster" - Jack Off Jill

"Call me a cunt." - Jack Off Jill, "Cumdumpster"

Because no one knows how to do angry like a Riot Grrrl.


"Defying Gravity" - Wicked Original Broadway Cast

"So if you can't find me
Look to the Western sky
As someone told me lately
Everyone deserves the chance to fly
And if I'm flying solo
At least I'm flying free
To those who'd ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am defying gravity!
" - Wicked Original Broadway Cast, "Defying Gravity"


"Don't Waste the Pretty" - Allison Iraheta

"Don't waste the pretty on him
Don't waste the pretty on pain....
....Because you're beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL
."
- Allison Iraheta, "Don't Waste the Pretty"


"Dreamer" - Sarah Sellers

"I see it in your eyes
Hopes and dreams that just won't die
So you make your way....
....When will you get there?
Well maybe I'm just a little bit scared.
What's it like when you get there?
What's it like when you find the other side?"
- Sarah Sellers, "Dreamer"


"Farmer's Daughter" - Crystal Bowersox

"'Farmer's Daughter' is a true story about my childhood. I don't want to say that it was all dark and stormy because it wasn't. We had a lot of good times despite our differences and the situation. But it's just truth. I guess it's my perspective, really. My mom might tell you a different story -- who knows? I love my mom. She's taught me through her own example how to be a strong, independent woman, and she's all about survival, and I love her for that. She didn't always make the best decisions, but now that I'm an adult and I look back, you realize when you're older that your parents are just people doing their best. I think she did all right. I turned out OK." - Crystal Bowersox

"Fighter" - Christina Aguilera

"Makes me that much stronger
Makes me that much wiser
Thanks for making me a fighter."
- Christina Aguilera, "Fighter"

I still maintain that this is the best song she's ever done. It's angry. It's about her father's abuse. But it could be about anything and anyone - as long as you've had a time in your life when what didn't kill you, made you stronger.


"Forgotten" - Avril Lavigne

"I'm moving on,
I won't forget you were the one that was wrong."
- Avril Lavigne, "Forgotten"

So, um. Back when I was about 13, I really liked this woman and this song. And sometimes your angry 13-year-old self needs to yell a bit, you know?


"Fully Alive" - Flyleaf

"She's fully alive
More than most ready to smile."
- Flyleaf, "Fully Alive"


"Grandmother's Song" - Vienna Teng

"Take it from your grandmother
I've been 'round."
- Vienna Teng, "Grandmother's Song"


"Gunpowder and Lead" - Miranda Lambert

"I got two miles 'til he makes bail
And if I'm right, we're headed straight for hell.
I'm goin' home, gonna load my shotgun
Wait by the door and light a cigarette
He wants a fight, well now he's got one
He ain't seen me crazy yet.
Slapped my face and shook me like a rag doll
Don't that sound like a real man?
I'm gonna show him what little girls are made of -
Gunpowder and lead
."
- Miranda Lambert, "Gunpowder and Lead"


"Helter Skelter" - Dana Fuchs

I know that Helter Skelter is a Beatles song. But, well.  Dana Fuchs' voice and wild stage presence makes me pee myself a little. Also, she can backbend almost as amazingly as LynZ Way. So. :D

"Here's to Your Fuck" - The Gits

Um. Remember how I talked about nobody doing angry as well as Riot Grrrls? Yeah.

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Pat Benatar

PAT BENATAR IS A GODDESS BYE.

"I Wanna Funk You, Too" - Natalie Portman on SNL

"DON'T TEST ME WHEN I'M CRAZY OFF THAT AIRPLANE GLUE." - Natalie Portman on SNL, "I Wanna Funk You Too"

"I Will Survive" - Stephanie Bentley

"I'll tough it out, I won't give in
If I'm knocked down I'll get up again
I will survive."
- Stephanie Bentley, "I Will Survive"


"I'm A Woman" - Koko Taylor

"I'm a woman,
I'm a ball of fire
I'm a woman
I could make love to a crocodile."
- Koko Taylor, "I'm A Woman"


"If Only Out of Vanity" - Staceyann Chin

"Every single day I know what I want to be now. I want to be that voice that makes Guiliani so scared that he hires two butch black bodyguards. I want to write the poem that the New York Times will not print. I want to be the girl your parents will use as a bad example of a lady. I want to be the dyke who likes to fuck men." - Staceyann Chin, "If Only Out of Vanity"

"It Gets Better" - Rebecca Drysdale

"But when they call you weirdos, fags
and rejects, flamers, gays and hags,
baby dykes and homo dykes,
lesbos, homos and queer-bags,
it might seem like it's hopeless and will never be ok,
but listen to the ones who care,
believe them when they say...
It gets better!
One day you'll look back and you won't give a fuck,
when you're swimming through your pussyfall
like Scrooge-fucking-McDuck."
- Rebecca Drysdale, "It Gets Better"


Kat Bjelland and Joan Jett Talking


"Lady Marmalade" - Fantasia

So I put a song about a prostitute into a post about women's empowerment, because, well, maybe it deserves to be there. Also because Fantasia's rendition of this is amazing - she's singing to one of her heroes, Patti LaBelle, a song that that hero pioneered. And they had a mid-performance smooch. :D

"Love Me or Hate Me" - Lady Sovereign

"I ain't got the biggest breastseses
But I write all the bestseses
I got hairy armpits but I don't walk around like this
I wear a big baggy t-shirt that hides that nasty shit
Never had my nails done
Bite them down until they're none."
- Lady Sovereign, "Love Me or Hate Me"


Lady Sovereign is a British lesbian rapper. I dont know how to beat that, really.

"M.I.A." - 7 Year Bitch [WARNING: RAPE]

This song was written about Gits singer Mia Zapata, who was raped and killed one night, never to have her killer caught. The women of 7 Year Bitch were her friends. They named this album 'Viva Zapata.'

"Mace Spray" - The Jezebels

"I studied a little bit of gender studies towards the end of my arts degree, and I really got interested in the stigma of feminism, and how people are kind of like, oh, get over it, and it’s just sort of a bad word. And to be a feminist is, you know, passe and negative and naive, and all that kind of stuff. And I wanted to somehow be a femme band but be aware of that at the same time, and I think my lyrics are just a process of me trying to do that. Whether I succeed or not is questionable, because most people don’t get it. With 'Mace Spray,' for example (whose chorus includes the line, “She loves me / More than anyone who wouldn’t lay a hand”), it’s kind of about feminism, the “she” in it. And her as a sort of fairly fickle master, and having trouble with her because she wants to liberate you and she means so many good things to you as a woman, or as a girl. But at the same time, she makes you really scared and she makes you have a lot of anger. And trying to sort of be a modern feminist, or a contemporary feminist, or someone who doesn’t have to hate men and all the negatives of feminism. I suppose, for me, it’s an attempt to try and put feminism in your face, whilst transcending or even satirizing that attitude that it’s a negative thing. But also, I’m torn. Like, it sometimes is a bad thing for me. It makes you angry. It’s basically my ongoing struggle with feminism." - The Jezebels

"Miss Nothing" - The Pretty Reckless
"I’m a promoter of masturbation. Don’t sleep around—learn yourself first! Guys do, but girls don’t. And that’s why girls have so many bad experiences. But you can know your body, know yourself, know what feels good. You don’t have to give yourself away just to have sexual relevance. Because I don’t think sex is something people should be afraid of. It’s part of human nature, so I don’t think it should be so shameful—particularly for girls and young girls." - Taylor Momsen

"Most Girls" - Pink


"Shorty got a job,
Shorty got a car,
Shorty can pay her own rent."
- Pink, "Most Girls"

"Mulan Goes to War" 

 

"My First Period" - Staceyann Chin [WARNING: RAPE]

"Even Jesus had to pass through a punany. Angels and messengers aside, Mary had to give passage to God, or them Christians might still be Jews, waiting for a Christ that was stuck up the ass of some man who thought he could do what little girls do." - Staceyann Chin, "My First Period"

"Not Ready to Make Nice" - Dixie Chicks

"You said, 'Can't you just get over it?'
It turned my whole world around,
And I kinda like it."
- Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready to Make Nice"

Circa 2003, the Dixie Chicks played at an overseas concert. There, they mentioned that they were ashamed that President Bush had come from their home state of Texas. Their sales plummeted. America grew angry at them. They received death threats. And then, you know, they got mad as hell and wrote this song to say, 'Fuck you, all of you.'


"Penny's Song" - Felicia Day
"Here's a story of a girl
Who grew up lost and lonely."
- Felicia Day, "Penny's Song"


"Precious Things" - Tori Amos

"So you can make me come.
It doesn't make you Jesus."
- Tori Amos, "Precious Things"


"Pretty" - Katie Makkai

"'Don't worry, we'll get it all fixed,' she would say, grasping my face and turning it this way and that." - Katie Makkai, "Pretty"

"Rolling in the Deep" - Adele

"The focus on my appearance has really surprised me. I've always been a size 14 to 16, I don't care about clothes, I'd rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze." - Adele

"Say Yes (Studio Version)" - Andrea Gibson

"This is for the time you went through hell so someone else wouldn't have to." - Andrea Gibson

"Sex is Not the Enemy" - Garbage

"'Sex Is Not the Enemy' is sort of a manifesto in a way. I had no idea it was until I looked back and thought, ‘This really is an anthem to my sexual politics'" - Shirley Manson

"Sixteen Year Old Prostitute" - Unknown

Just. This. I don't have words for it.

"Stand My Ground" - Within Temptation

"Stand my ground,
I won't give in."
- Within Temptation, "Stand My Ground"


"Suck My Left One" - Bikini Kill

"You learn that the only way to get rock-star power as a girl is to be a groupie and bare your breasts and get chosen for the night. We learn that the only way to get anywhere is through men. And it's a lie." - Kathleen Hanna

"The Wind That Shakes the Barley" - Unknown


"To Adolescent Girls With Crooked Teeth and Pink Hair" - Jeanann Verlee


"Trouble" - Pink

"If you see me coming down the street,
Then you know it's time to go."
- Pink, "Trouble"


"U and Ur Hand" - Pink

Because sometimes we don't fucking want your attention, boys.

"U.N.I.T.Y." - Queen Latifah

"Who are you calling a bitch?" - Queen Latifah, "U.N.I.T.Y."


"Violet" - Hole

Because I have a huge appreciation for lipstick-smeared, bare-footed, guitar-wielding, screaming women.

"Voodoo Woman" - Koko Taylor

"They call me the voodoo woman,
And I know the reason why." -
Koko Taylor, "Voodoo Woman"


"Woula Bara Diagna" - Oumou Sangare

"Oumou Sangare was born in 1968 in Bamako, the capital of Mali, her family, though, was from Wassoulou, in the southwestern region of Mali.... Sangare most often sings about about love and the importance of freedom of choice in marriage, an issue she feels strongly about because her father had two wives which Sangare thought was a "catastrophe."" - African Music Encyclopedia

"Wrecking Ball" - Chris Pureka

"An interviewer asked Chris Pureka to sum up her music as a haiku. I will: Folky sorrowful songs of loneliness and hurt, longing to reunite. Her tunes have the grave Appalachian flavor of Neil Young and Gillian Welch; her guitar playing is subdued but quietly virtuosic. And her voice can be a desolate whisper or a bitter accusation. There's no comfort, for her, in the clarity of her observations." - John Pareles, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"You Oughta Know (Live)" - Alanis Morisette

My favorite breakup song. Because she is unashamedly bitter, wildly angry, and extremely gritty. Also, in this live performance she is wearing green lipstick.

"Zombie" - The Cranberries

"Lead singer Dolores O'Riordan claimed that "Zombie" speaks about "The Irish fight for independence that seems to last forever."" - Songfacts

*BONUS TRACK*

 

Music Videos - Top Favorites

 

"Helena" by My Chemical Romance. They have a lot of amazing videos - "Ghost of You" and all their others are amazing or hilarious or on fire or ridiculously badass.

"Call Me When you're Sober" - Evanescence.

"From Yesterday" - 30 Seconds to Mars.

"If I Had You" - Adam Lambert. It makes me want to have a drunken party in the woods with strobe lights and lasers and smoke and FEATHERS.

"Mr. Brightside" - The Killers. The Killers as they used to be, all synth and amazing.

"Holiday" - Green Day. THIS WAS SUCH AN AMAZING YEAR FOR PUNK ROCK IN MAINSTREAM MUSIC. This song was - hot and all political and crazy and party and TRE IN DRAG.

"Here it Goes Again" - Ok Go.

"So What" - Pink. SHE HAS SO MANY AMAZING VIDEOS. LIKE "SOBER." WATCH "SOBER." And "U AND UR HAND." This one cracks me up. 

"Stupid Girls" - Pink.

"Buttons" - The Pussycat Dolls.

"Jizz in My Pants" - The Lonely Island.

"Behind These Hazel Eyes" - Kelly Clarkson. DO NOT MAKE FUN.

"Same Direction" - Hoobastank. I just love the concept.

"The Howling" - Within Temptation. Because, well. I love all their videos, they're so cinematic. ESPECIALLY "STAND MY GROUND."

"Fighter" - Christina Aguilera. 

"Early Winter" - Gwen Stefani. It's... painfully nostalgic.

"Beverly Hills" - Weezer. 

 

"We Will Rock You" - Pink, Beyonce, and Britney Spears.

Song - 'Hate Lives In A Small Town' by Voltaire

The title is pretty self-explanitory on this one. It is, indeed, about how hate lives in a small town, and you can listen to the official version here.

I do not mean to imply that hate lives only in small towns, in all small towns, or even in most small towns. But you can bet this song was written from the point of view of someone who has experienced it, and is a joyous thing to listen to for anyone who feels hated, feels trapped, or just feels a bit cynical.

It was probably based off of Voltaire’s own childhood experiences – he grew up in a small town in New Jersey, surrounded by people – including family – who were less than happy about his styles of music and dress.  Apart from what could mildly be called a strict stepfather, he dealt with the consequences of looking, in his own words, like the next member of Duran Duran – a musical love of his.  The long hair, the eyeshadow, the tights and boots and expensive girly coats were not what one might call “well-received.”  He finally ran away from home (in this video here he explains the main difference between ‘running away’ and ‘moving out,’ as well as several other things) and arrived in New York City.  There, instead of being passed by truckers on the road and having the word “faggot” yelled gleefully out the window as they passed, he was greeted like a fashionable movie star.

The story of his life is long, occasionally hilarious and always interesting, but I won’t tell it here. Suffice to say, this is a song written from personal experience, and one should enjoy it as such.

It is off of Voltaire's country-ish album, something inspired - so he says - by older, more classic country and not the pop-tinged radio-played songs we mostly think of today. Even that said, it's not very close to the average person's conception of what country should be.

But that's Voltaire in a nutshell, really. Confusing, but also amazing.

I don't know exactly how to describe Voltaire. That's okay, because neither does he. In his own words, he writes funny songs about sad things (or dark songs about funny things, something thereabouts). Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. He's kooky and funny and goth and and outrageous and then sometimes he randomly busts out a country song, albiet in true Voltaire style. 

It has, however, been ultimately decided that Voltaire's music is the auditory equivalent of riding a black unicorn down the side on an erupting volcano while drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children.

Catch him at a Q&A panel one day, or take one of his courses in stop motion animation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His stop motions are truly glorious things, and fans of certain bands might be interested in this one. It’s one in a line of videos he made that were narrated by singers from various bands (previous examples include Blondie).  This one bears not only an important message but also the surprisingly creepy of a certain Gerard Way, who is not unlike Voltaire himself in certain ways – long-haired, New Jersey-bred, and more likely than not to attract the attention of homophobes. 

Last but not least, I point your attention to this live rendition of Hate Lives In A Small Town from early this past year (above).  Like much of Voltaire’s live stuff, it is stripped down and guitar-based, and showcases not only his musicianship and good vocals but also his easy interaction with the crowd.

In short, go see Voltaire. No, really. Go.

Links: Voltaire's Official Youtube*  * Voltaire's Other Youtube *  * Voltaire's Official Website *  * Voltaire's Twitter *  * Voltaire's Wiki Page