Anthem: a second look at “Voices Carry”

I only learned about the original version of “Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday when I was in the process of writing an article praising the video for an uncompromising glimpse into abuse by a good-looking, together-looking, charming “nice guy.” The first version of the song, as I noted in the article, used the pronoun “she” […]

Hush, hush… voices carry

Re-watching Cagney & Lacey has got me thinking about the 80’s – my formative years – lately. I keep trying to figure out how I got a lot of positive feminist messages even though I was living in a place that was so bigoted you had to be white, male, heterosexual, Republican, Protestant and a […]

Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”

There’s a hit song on the radio by Avril Lavigne called “Girlfriend”. Each time it came on, I listened more closely, past the catchy hook in the song, to what the lyrics were saying, and was appalled. The matter of this song came to a head when my ten year old daughter asked if she […]

P!nk: Image is Everything

I’ve always kind of been a fan of Pink, although most with her newest album I’m Not Dead. She radiates an understanding of herself I haven’t seen in ages. In Stupid Girls she looks at the stupidity of sex symbols as they’re depicted– big-chested, compliant blonds. Nobody Knows is about the loneliness we all experience, […]

The Pussycat Dolls: Clothing Optional

I put this article in ‘Women Musicians’, even though I would not consider the Pussycat Dolls to be musicians, or artists, or anything else that denotes credibility [admin’s note: then we changed the category to “women in music video”, which does not exclude the talent-free]. I recently saw the clip for their single, Wait a […]

Like Anything But a Virgin

As far as being a singer goes, Madonna is nothing special. She has a mediocre voice and is a terrible actress. Her main talents lie in being a shrewd businesswoman, envelope-pusher and groundbreaker. Kind of like Prince. In fact, Prince is an excellent figure to compare her to. Both have mediocre vocal talents (Prince is […]