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Kathleen Hanna Covers “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

The most ’90s woman of all time, Kathleen Hanna, did Our Hit Parade on Wednesday. She told the story of her relationship with the most ’90s song of all time, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and ended with a triumphant performance of that song combined with the most ’90s-woman song of all time, “Rebel Girl.” Continue reading

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Gay Bars in Texas and the King of Night Vision

Watch the whole thing for the full ’90s experience.

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Lili Taylor Sings B.O.B.!

I know you were bummed about missing OHP last month, Kara, so here’s a video Brendan took of Lili and Kenny doing “Nothin’ on You.” Great cover or the all-time greatest cover?

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is taylor swift more affirming than madonna? and other burning questions

madonna in her bracelets! worn pre-internet!

Ada, I kept trying to come up with a sustained response to your post, but I’m feeling stereotypically feminine and non-linear today. Nevertheless, some thoughts:

  • Jealous about Lady Gaga! Post photos! The one time I had a chance to see her I was busy writing a paper. Anyway, I’m interested in your idea that pop culture today is more affirming than it was when we were teenagers. We had Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Alanis Morissette, Liz Phair, Salt ‘n Pepa, Mary J. Blige, etc. I feel the same way about pop culture icons now as I did then: that a lot of them are a mix of feminist-y and regressive. For example, I think it’s cool that Taylor Swift writes her own music, but I think her lyrics are really retro. When she asks Romeo to save her and then he says, “I talked to your dad/go pick out a white dress.” HE TALKED TO HER DAD?! Does Taylor know it’s 2010?! But, seriously, I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on this, which I think are different from mine. I am totally open to reconsideration.

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Our Hit Parade Catch-Up

Yay, Kara, you’re back! As I have told you, your grad school applications were really messing with my social life. Before I respond to your posts, here’s one of the things you missed: my husband performing a Black Eyed Peas cover nude. Kathleen observed that he is in better voice when he’s naked. More comfortable, I guess. Continue reading

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